My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I had not read any books by Val McDermid before but saw this one on a shelf in Waterstones and decided I was in the mood for a good thriller – the book did not disappoint!
Right from the start I was hooked, it’s set in 2007 and also 1984/5 during the miners strike. I was 12/13 then and whilst I do of course remember it on the news I wasn’t really aware of the hardships endured during those times. The book flits between the two time frames very well and manages to describe the times as well. It’s funny as I did love my Enid Blyton as a child and part of the scenario of this book is a bit like an adult version of that and in fact Val picks up on this with a bit of an inside joke 🙂
I must confess I did get a gist as to the ending about half way through the read but that is of no detriment to the book.
Val is a brilliant descriptive writer, her characters were really brought to life, and I’m sure this won’t be the last book of hers I read.