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The second of Stuart McBride's Ash Henderson stories and definitely a page turner. Violent but not gratuitous, it twists and turns from beginning to end - and when it does you won't see the result coming! Another great product from Stuat McBride.
I cannot get enough of Stuart MacBride as an author. If you like crime fiction you must check this author out immediately. I haven't ranked any of his books as less than 4 stars. Outstanding work, every time.
With book three on the horizon I thought I'd better get a move on with playing catch up. Having read and mostly enjoyed book one I started this with a bit of trepidation and was quite interested to see where Ash found himself at the start of this follow up. And then it went a bit implausible and I had to swallow and accept quite a bit along the way as Ash was once again paired up with the (still spending a lot of time in the loo) Alice and tasked to assist in the investigation of a cold case serial killer who having been quiet of late, has recently started up again. With more than just kudos and admiration at stake for Ash, his very life could rest in the balance of the outcome of the case. And then there are the loose ends from book one to tie up... As with book one this book is a bit far fetched in what happens to Ash along the way - probably more so in this book with how it all started. Like book one, we also have the dual storyline with the investigation occasionally taking a back seat as we concentrate on Ash's financial shenanigans. Again like book one this is brutal and again I lost track of the parts of his body that had been injured along the way - I think I likened Ash to Cpt Scarlet in my review for that book. It's dark but also quite funny in places which helps keep the book balanced and the plotting is very cleverly worked out and had me running round chasing my tail throughout the book. really didn't see the half of that coming! All in all a good solid follow up that clears my decks to start book three when I can get my grubby mitts on it.
An exciting story with many twist, turns and red herrings. Ash is a prisoner, and ex policeman who is obsessed with finding a serial killer. A psychologist, Alice, is also trying to find the killer. Together they set out to solve his identity. There are several characters who interacted with the drama and intriguingly created the suspense that kept me glued to the pages .
I am a huge fan of the Logan McRae novels by Stuart MacBride. This was the first Ash Henderson I had read. I found it hard going and didn't get into it until the final 30%. I thought the initial story line unrealistic and it became even more unbelievable. I also found the main character unappealing and difficult to sympathise with. Normally I don't flinch from brutality and violence in crime novels, but was turned off with the excesses in this one. I don't think I'll be purchasing book 3 in the series. Shame
I enjoyed it but there is still too much overly graphic violence. Part of the story arc from the first book gets resolved, so I hope the violence gets toned down in the third book. It is just too over the top and a bit creepy. Renault cars feature rather a lot as well. Some good Scottish humor that is a bit like the Logan McCrae books (and I am really looking forward to the next one in that series). Looking forward to the third book to see how things develop.
A gripping enough thriller though it's not really a standalone novel - a lot of backstory is missing if you haven't read the previous entry(ies) in the series.
The identity of the killer was easy enough to predict, though (SPOILER ALERT) the motivation revealed at the end made very little sense. How does a qualified, trained and apparently competent medical professional - even if severely damaged from an abusive childhood - not know how babies are made?