You know those novels where you’re gripped after the first few pages, the ones you can’t put down but at the same time are so captivating that you want to eke them out, rationing yourself to one or two chapters at a time.? Well that’s this book, almost unbelievably the twenty second Rebus novel. Since Ian Rankin brought the character out of premature retirement in 2012, he seems to have hit a rich vein of form, and this is one of his very best. All the usual characters are present and correct – Siobahn Clarke, Malcolm Fox, Big Ger Cafferty et al. A missing private investigator is found dead, locked in a car hidden deep in woods – in an area that has supposedly already been thoroughly searched. As a new enquiry combs through the mistakes of the previous investigation a decade earlier, secrets and conspiracies long hidden rise to the surface, implicating a number of officers, including Rebus himself. Rankin’s insight into character and motivation is as keen as ever, as the novel wends its way to a very satisfying conclusion, which brings together all the seemingly disparate elements of the plot. He really is an absolute master of this genre, and his novels involving the iconic and complex character that is John Rebus just go from strength to strength.
Length of Read:Long
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Previous novels in the series, crime thrillers.
One thing you’ve learned
Everybody’s got something to hide!