Really Not Sure….,
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This review is from: Birthdays for the Dead (Kindle Edition)
As a big fan of Stuart MacBride and his excellent Logan series I had high hopes for this book but ultimately came away feeling a little flat and disappointed.
The plot and story was excellent as usual, ‘The Birthday Boy’ as he has duded by the media is kidnapping, torturing and ultimately killing young girls on the verge of their thirteenth birthday. Not content with this he also tortures the parents by making sure that on the girls birthday a card is delivered documenting the last few hours of their young child’s life.
As part of the team DC Ash Henderson has a more personal reason than most to catch the killer and despite been teamed up with the loopy Dr Alice McDonald Ash will stop at nothing to bring the killer to justice.
As I mentioned the story itself was very, very good but sadly the book was let down by the main character. The flawed detective that isn’t actually a nice man but deep down you are rooting for because of some redeeming quality is a hard skill to pull off and I feel MacBride failed with Ash Henderson. At no point during the book did I warm up to the man.
His methods at times seem far more vigilante than police officer and at times his behaviour was almost totally unbelievable. In fact other than Dr McDonald none of the main cast in this book was developed into anything even approaching likable, more often than not the majority came across as one dimensional.
All in all this book is a hard one to rate, there is a very good story hidden underneath some of the outrageous and unbelievable elements of the story. I would probable recommend it but not very highly.