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‘I can’t recommend this book highly enough’ (Martina Cole)
About the Author
During his 20-year career with a Scottish Sunday newspaper, Craig Robertson interviewed three recent Prime Ministers; attended major stories including 9/11, Dunblane, the Omagh bombing and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann; beenwas pilloried on breakfast television, beat Oprah Winfrey to a major scoop, spent time on Death Row in the USA and dispensed polio drops in the backstreets of India. His debut novel, RANDOM, was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger and was a Sunday Times bestseller
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I’m a huge fan of DCI Rachel Narey and her photo journalist partner Tony Winter. Rachel is confined to bed with a difficult pregnancy but cannot help herself from becoming involved in trying to solve a most chilling murder, detailed at the start of the book, which leads her into the grim world of the dark web. It’s a strange and disturbing place!
Craig Robertson has certainly done his research on this topic, Murderabilia, which is a trade in items connected to murder and mentions are made of other well known murder cases. The storyline had my nerves in shreds and at times has had me almost emotionally wrung out. It’s traumatic for the main characters and the tension builds to a truly explosive conclusion. Highly recommended, in fact I think this is the best one so far in the series.
The subject matter is therefore an unusual one and has clearly been well researched. The way in which the characters act out the scenes is also unusual. DI Rachel Narey is pregnant and eventually confined to bed with strict instructions to rest. Typically, she finds that boredom sets in and she starts to investigate on the web. Tony Winter is a photographic journalist who was first on the scene of the initial murder. He and Rachel team up to find the perpetrator and steal a march on the incompetent DI in charge of the case.
The author grabs the reader from the first page and leads him into the dark world of murder memorabilia. Apart from the DI and her photographer sidekick and the murderer there are very few main characters but the story is no less good for that. In fact, it’s probably enhanced as the reader doesn’t have to interrupt the flow by thinking back as to who this or that particular character is.
However, I do feel that the author missed a trick here. We know a good deal about those investigating but very little about the perpetrator’s life, background or character. This adds to the feeling that he is a shadowy figure but I would have liked to have learned more about why he fell into a life of crime.
My one huge disappointment though is the ending which is very predictable and so hackneyed. The quality of writing which precedes the final pages deserves more. That notwithstanding it’s an excellent read and is highly recommended. 4 solid stars.
Breakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review.
I loved the way Craig touched on real-life crimes as the story unfolded, highlighting them in a way that never once glorified them but brought them to the forefront of the reader's mind. He made me wonder about people I see every day and what kind of secrets they might be keeping. Well done on what is certain to be another best-seller.