- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Burgess Books (24 Mar. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0956654614
- ISBN-13: 978-0956654618
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Thorn in My Side Paperback – 24 Mar 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
Set pedominantly on the atmospheric Holy Island just off the Northumberland coastline, the location provides the perfect backdrop for this gripping narrative. The author hooks you in from the start with her typical ability to create intrigue. Holy Island is an evocative place to those who have visited. To those who haven't yet seen it, after reading this book you are sure to want to travel there (warning - check the tide tables first!).
The success of this outstanding book by the North East's most eminent crime fiction writer is underpinned by her meticulous research.
We don't want to give the plot away but anyone who reads this book will see the obvious visual potential for film or T.V.dramatisation.
Producers and film companies are you listening !
But the story opens with DI Mike York who has been in London on an undercover operation for three months, and is now going home to the Northumbria. His only regret in leaving London is the young lad that he has been befriending since he found him in the street almost dead. He discovers that the young lad had been abused from an early age and because of his injuries has earned the name Smiler
While the main voice in the story is that of Mike York, quite early on in the book we hear from a young unnamed woman who is escaping with knowledge that she needs to impart, but knows of no one she can trust.
The killing by flogging is a horrific way to die, and the body of a young girl whipped to death is unbelievable. The description by the pathologist of the make-up of the whip that has inflected these injuries is horrendous.
Set on Holy island, the disappearance of children and the circulation of a new street drug leads Mile York into grave danger. For these are powerful people who are determined to keep a secret that has been kept hidden for centuries and is worldwide.
Sheila Quigley weaves an incredible tale that spans the centuries but could be so easily part of the world in which we live, although a chilling thought. On the credit side we have Mike and his elderly Aunt May.
This is the first book in a new series and whilst we may resolve one battle, the war is far from won. This is also the first book that I have read by Sheila Quigley and this is a situation I will be addressing - what a book, what a writer!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Once again a fantastastic gripping page turner never fails to impress josephine fulton full on from start to finish. Brilliant.Published 4 months ago
Feel like I've been there before some similarities to another book I read about Holy Island that's why only three stars but did enjoy itPublished 5 months ago by Jan.Robinson
While the story is narrated mainly by Mike Yorke, who is returning home to Northhumberland from London, for me the main character has to be Smiler - talk about unleashing my... Read morePublished 5 months ago by sharon
Sheila Quigley is an absolute gem. This book is different to her others in terms of dynamics. Her hero I am not sure of, we have DCI Mike Yorke, Smiler and Aunt May, obviously... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Richard Briggs
I couldn't put this book down! The author had me gripped from the start and I can't wait to read the rest of the Holy Island Trilogy.Published 15 months ago by Cherry Brandy
A definite page Turner I couldn't put it down. If you enjoy good detective stories this is a must I've only had the trilogy for a couple of days and I'm on book two already.Published 15 months ago by JD