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A great read from start to finish.Ash is on fine form dealing with the low life of Scotland,(criminals and police),while Dr.Alice practises psychiatry and alcoholism in equal measure.Lots of nasty people all deserving of their come uppance,some getting it.Is it ' gynaecological porn'? Certainly the number of women at the suffering end of fiction is disturbing.Mirroring real life?Or life imitating art?
Well this was a book that gripped me from the start and just got better as it really never let me feel I had it sussed. I've read a few of Stuart's novels and only felt one didn't do it for me, so glad I tried this as I never would have got the twist at the end.
I prefer the Logan books. The main character doesn't have Logan's "romantic loner" profile and the book doesn't have much humour. The plots of all his books are always a bit unbelievable and a bit too gory. After all there can't be that many serial killers in Scotland. However, one can almost believe that the police in Logan books would react something like as described but, despite recent revelations of their secret infiltration of groups that fought injustice, I just can't believe that they would act in the way that they are pictured here. The descriptions of a rundown town are quite good. Anyway I read it to the end to find out what happened.
I loved this book. I found the central character of Ash Henderson extremely well written and the story compelling. Even though I hadn't read Birthdays for the Dead (which I now will be) it made no difference to following the story. Definitely worth a read with a twist at the end you probably won't see coming not until it nearly hits you in the face.
Great storytelling - I've now gone back and purchased all the Logan McRae series too as I am loving the setting and the characterisation that Stuart MacBride achieves.
I am sorry to report that I found this to be very Disappointing Fare Indeed especially since so many had provided 5 star reviews. I read this book to the end but only with great difficulty. I have read all Logan Macrae Books & generally found them fulfilling & interesting. In my opinion the first Ash Henderson novel was a decent read but the second is a most unbelievable, unrewarding, repetitive dialogue, confusing & hard read. There are far too many characters & none, not even the "hero" is developed. The book is far too long & as a result rambling. The book is written in the first person whilst that person, Ash Henderson is difficult to extend much empathy towards. I will never again purchase an Ash Henderson book. I have not enjoyed being so negative. James
I don't know how Mr McBride sleeps at night with all the murders and Gore running around his head. Long may the sleepless nights continue if we keep getting stories to repulse, baffle and intrigue us. Another brilliant tomb from the new master of murder and mystery.
Stuart MacBride is probably best known for the 'Logan Macrae' series. However, MacBride has often explored other fictional avenues, and this is a second instalment in the Ash Henderson series. MacBride does not shy away from violence and graphic descriptions of very disturbing material. He laces police procedural with a dark humour that somehow intensifies the sheer nastiness and horror of his protaganist's and personal working life.