In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The reveals that started once I moved past the first part of the book were satisfyingly surprising and I found myself looking back for the clues leading to them. The last section of the book moved at a great pace and I found it difficult to put down. Clare Mackintosh tells a great story and I thought Murray was particularly well written. That said, I struggled in the beginning and very nearly put it down at an early stage. It was only the good reviews from others that I trust that kept me reading - I'm very glad I did, but this was definitely a slow burn.
I've read you other books, and they were really excellent. However your latest one is definitely the one that held my attention most, and I was mesmerised by it because of your charactersation. I read quite a lot of police procedurals/thrillers/crime novels, and this is one of the best yet. You read so much stuff where it's all two dimensional. The plotting was excellent and I am loath to admit this, but I had tears running down my face at the later "Murray" Chapters. Maybe you could think about bringing Murray back in some shape or form. He's such a strongly written character that I feel he could carry a whole series on his own. You might put it away and think about it for a bit.Congratulations from me in Australia on a great book!
I’ve only just discovered this author and I’m so glad I did. Her books are way more than what you are expecting from the story blurb. When you think you’ve worked it out, you haven’t. Do yourself a favour and read one.