I have been excitedly waiting for this book since I read the last one Evidence Of Death and I am so happy to have finally gotten my hands on it.
ONE OF THEIR OWN IS MISSING . . .
Detective Grace Macallan is at crisis point. She’s unsure of her future, of whether she has the strength to continue with her role in serious crime. all around her, events threaten to run out of control.
An undercover officer is missing and a woman is washed up, traumatised and barely alive, on the shores of Berwickshire. She has witnessed horror on the dark waters of the North Sea, and her subsequent ordeal to survive turns her life into a nightmare.
As Detective Grace Macallan untangles the woman’s story of trafficking and abuse, she is drawn into the world of organised crime in Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh. At their head is Handyside, a brutal gangland boss who’s fought hard and dirty to control his territory.
But there’s a traitor in his midst, and soon the most cold- blooded criminals in the North East of England and Central Scotland turn on one another in a desperate race to destroy the evidence that will lead Grace to them.
Shores Of Death definitely builds on the brilliance of the other books in this series, I knew I was in for a good story but this one exceeded my already high expectations.
I was especially looking forward to this book because of the big announcement made at the end of the last book (I’m not telling you you’ll just have to read it). I knew that this instalment would see Grace struggle with her priorities and I was keen to see how this would be handled.
Grace has always been a smart and strong character but it was nice to see some vulnerability. I felt like we started to see it a little in the last book but this time there is a lot more at stake for her and you can really feel the weight of her decisions and the difference in her confidence.
What I have always felt is great about this series is that it isn’t just one problem or criminal that the team are ever dealing with or focussing on, for me, it just feels a lot more realistic and more interesting. This book went one step further and used adversaries from the previous books, such an ingenious move, this reference back to characters we’ve already come across gives this book and the series a tension that you don’t always find with books that are a new criminal every time.
I have to admit that I did think that maybe this time that Grace wouldn’t come out on top because the main target of this book was very clever, it made for some tense and almost obsessive reading, of course, I needn’t have worried too much.
Another stellar book to add to the collection, I’m looking forward to my next Ritchie book already.
Peter Ritchie is a retired senior police officer. The real-world authenticity in his novels comes from vast experience gained working in CID, murder squads, Serious and Regional Crime Squads and Europol. He is a regular lecturer and commentator on the subject of transnational organised crime. In his spare time, Peter also enjoys writing poetry and short stories, painting and volunteering at St Columba’s Hospice and the Bethany Trust.
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