From the Shadows by G R Halliday

3.5 stars from me

I am a bit torn with this review, I absolutely loved the last book I read by this author and worry that I am doing this one an injustice.

Ok, so, the good:

Monica is a great character.
Monica’s mum is ace.
The dogged determination of the social worker was superb, exactly how you’d want a social worker to be!
A whiff of police corruption, love it.
Great storyline. Great.

The not so good (for me) although I worry this good just be a case of lockdown meh so take with a pinch of salt:

It seemed to drift a little in places.
I couldn’t quite keep track of who was who.
I just don’t believe a mother like Monica would put her own child in harm’s way.

Don’t let me put you off as I have also read a later book in the series which I gave a big fat 5 stars to, so it’s probably a case of ‘it’s not you, it’s me’.

Only one way to tell right, read it for yourself.

Blurb: Seven days. Four deaths. One chance to catch a killer.

Sixteen-year-old Robert arrives home late. Without a word to his dad, he goes up to his bedroom. Robert is never seen alive again.

A body is soon found on the coast of the Scottish Highlands. Detective Inspector Monica Kennedy stands by the victim in this starkly beautiful and remote landscape. Instinct tells her the case won’t begin and end with this one death.

Meanwhile, Inverness-based social worker Michael Bach is worried about one of his clients whose last correspondence was a single ambiguous text message; Nichol Morgan has been missing for seven days.

As Monica is faced with catching a murderer who has been meticulously watching and waiting, Michael keeps searching for Nichol, desperate to find him before the killer claims another victim.


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