On the surface, it's a crime thriller, those who are fans, like me, of Ian Rankin and co. will recognise the format. Strung out detective, frustrated by his own department, struggling at home, with lots of suspects. The character of Ali is fascinating. There are moment where I thought there were several twists with her coming up and then the author went completely opposite direction. This is book is more than just a crime book though. There's big questions about being a woman in Eire, arguably the first half of the book is dedicated to just that, rather than a plain ""whodunnit"". As someone who remembers the 80s well (I'm old enough to!), its depiction of this time never interferes with the story, but feels like it's always there. Id say this book is much more than a crime thriller because it asks big questions, while being thoroughly entertaining. A cracking read, dark and shocking, Id recommend to all and will certainly look out for more by Nicola White.