Redemption Road

imageI have had this book for a while and fancied something different to the usual crime fiction genre.
Margaret is driving home in treacherous conditions after working late when she is involved in a horrific accident. She is pulled from her car by a stranger just before it sets on fire. Deeply affected by the crash, desperate to find the man who saved her and also to find some answers to events in her childhood that the crash has stirred memories of.
The book the goes back in time to Moll, a seven year old who lives with her mother and stepfather and has no contact with her natural father ‘Big George’. George is the only decent member of a gangster family and is desperate to have some part in Moll’s life. Another main character is a thoroughly repulsive journalist, Angus, who is very eager to get his big story. Every chapter that featured him had me cringing.
The novel covers evenly Margaret building a relationship with the man who saved her, George’s time with Moll and Angus’s quest for his story. Every character even the minor characters are strong and feel real.
I loved Margaret’s relationship with her family especially her stepfather and also Moll’s relationship with George.
Redemption Road is a fantastic read by an author that is new to me. Highly recommended.
Thanks to the publisher and the author for the copy via netgalley.

Humber Boy B

imageHumber Boy B is a book that at times I really struggled up carry on reading. I knew that I would be reading about children killing a child but combined with a tale of child neglect, child cruelty and ‘Ben’ trying to make friends and rebuild his life outside prison made it, for me, a very difficult book at times.
I did carry on reading and finished it, whilst I did find it harrowing I wanted to know the ending. Not really for me but I did think it was very well done.
Thanks to the publisher and the author for the copy via netgalley

Little Black Lies

imageOne of the reasons I love Sharon Bolton’s writing is the way she can describe an area so well. What little I knew about the Falklands was about the war, I knew nothing about the island, its inhabitants or its wildlife and I loved learning about it.
Little Black Lies takes place in 1994, twelve years after the war and three years after the death of Catrin’s two sons. When a young boy, a visitor to the island goes missing the islanders join in the search for him.
The novel is split into three parts and each one is narrated by one of the main characters. Catrin, Callum and Rachel. Initially I struggled to warm to Catrin but as I got further into the book I understood her more. Parts of the novel are harrowing, Callum’s flashbacks are very convincing but other parts of the novel were amusing, I loved Rachel’s chats with her horse!
I was surprised by the ending it was one I really wasn’t prepared for.
There was one minor character that I would like to make a crossover into the novels featuring Lacey Flint. I think that would make interesting reading.
A fantastic stand alone novel from one of my favourite authors.
Thanks to the publisher and the author for the copy via netgalley