Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

About the author and the story;

From the award-winning author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things and Even the Dogs, Reservoir 13 tells the story of many lives haunted by one family’s loss.

Midwinter in the early years of this century. A teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on their usually quiet home.

Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, beds made, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed.

The search for the missing girl goes on, but so does everyday life. As it must

This a book that starts of with a crime or a supposed crime. But it is not a crime novel. Rebecca is 13 when she goes missing and she is never found. The initial story starts with the disappearance affecting everyone, her classmates , who may or may not known more than they care to admit. Everyone is concerned and searching for her. But as time passes and Rebecca becomes the missing girl, the story becomes more of the village. The comings and goings, the deaths, divorces and the missing girl is gone but not forgotten.
This is the first book I’ve read written by Jon. I found his writing sparce and to the point .You forget Rebecca but every so often you are reminded that she is the missing girl. He keeps you interested in his characters and what happens to them. A very well written book, deserving 4 stars. Thanks to Lovereading for the ARC

.Jon McGregor is a British author who has written three novels. His first novel, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things was nominated for the 2002 Booker Prize, and was the winner of both the Betty Trask Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award in 2003. So Many Ways to Begin was published in 2006 and was on the Booker prize long list. Even the Dogs was published in 2010 and his newest work, Reservoir 13 is due in April, 2017.

Dangerous by Jessie Keane

Coronation year: 1953. 15-year-old Clara Dolan’s world is turned upside down following the shocking death of her mother. Battling to keep what remains of her family together, Clara vows to keep her younger siblings, Bernadette and Harry, safe whatever the cost. With the arrival of the swinging 1960s, Clara finds herself swept up in London’s dark underworld where the glamour of Soho’s dazzling nightclubs sits in stark contrast to the terrifying gangland violence that threatens the new life she has worked so hard to build. Sinking further into an existence defined by murder and betrayal, Clara soon realizes that success often comes at a very high price

My review

This was a good read. Fifteen year old Clara is left in charge of two younger siblings on the death of their mother. What follows is a tale which see Clara married three times and going from rags to riches several times. She also has lies to uncover and bridges to build. A gritty read and well worth four stars.


Bloq by Alan Jones

My first read by Alan. I really enjoyed this book. Bill goes to meet his daughter Carol at Glasgow’s Central station. What should have been a joyful Christmas reunion falls apart when Carol fails to turn up. This sets bill of on a crusade to find out what has happened to his daughter. The search centres round a nightclub called Bloq which Carol has been known to frequent.What follows is a trail of intrigue and deception, involving Drugs, prostitution and Eastern European gangsters. A great read and a well deserved 4 stars.

In Bitter Chill by Sarah Ward

Two girls are abducted in 1978. One comes home and one doesn’t. The mother of the one who doesn’t commits suicide 30 years later. That’s where it starts from the police finding the body and the questions start.
Sarah’s writing is crisp and her characters well rounded. As crime novels go this was a slow burner. If you like your crime novels with plenty to think about, then this may be for you.

The Sandman by Lars Kepler

This was an exceptional read. Joona Linna of the National Crime Squad has thought he has solved a case when Jurek Walter is given a life sentence for serial murder. Things change when one of his victims surfaces alive several years later and others are murdered , all bearing the hallmarks of Jurek Walter. This is impossible as he is locked in a secure unit. But Joona has always thought Jurek has an accomplice. Is he right? What follows is a tale that has you turning the pages eager to know if Joona can bring closure and tie up the loose ends that have been troubling him for years. This is a book that can be read as a stand alone, but to really enjoy it at it’s best it is best to start at the beginning. The Hypnotist being the first in the series. A well deserved 5 stars.

Deadly Alibi by Leigh Russell

I thought this was a very good read. Gritty and down to earth. Leigh’s characters are not holier than though but humans with all the flaws and failings we all carry through life……….. Geraldine has plenty heaped on her plate. A double murder, the death of her mother and a reconnection with a sibling. Also throw in the jealousy of her adopted sister’s pregnancy and you have an extremely readable and well written tale. Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the ARC.

Never Somewhere Else by Alex Gray

This is the first book in the DCI Lorimer series by Alex Gray. It is a police procedural set in Glasgow.
Lorimer is on the trail of a killer who disfigures his victims in a unique way. The pace of the book is frantic and keeps you turning the pages and second guessing yourself. You think you have solved the crime only to realise you have swallowed another Red Herring. Lorimer will obviously be compared to Ian Rankin’s Rebus. But Glasgow and Edinburgh are two completely different cities and they are two different detectives. This book was written in 2002 and though it has taken me awhile to get round to it, I will be reading the rest of the series ASAP. Well done Alex. You have whetted my appetite and I look forward to more.