It’s been five years since Mackenzie Darroch was abducted and held captive in a derelict house.
She thought she’d found her way out of the darkness. She was wrong.
When she witnesses a car crash and saves the driver’s life, it sets in motion a chain of events that will alter both their futures.
The two women get involved in a high profile police case and draw the attention of a ruthless reporter. Gina Calvi is convinced Mackenzie is not what she appears and is prepared to do anything to prove it.
Meanwhile, across the city, Kirsty McBride, a young single mother, is persuaded to leave a violent relationship. Her partner, Malkie Boyle a Glasgow hardman, is due to be released from prison. Once back on the street and bent on revenge, Boyle is determined to find the people responsible for stealing his family from him.
Can Mackenzie save them or will Boyle get his revenge?
MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:
I was sent this ARC by the author himself. So thanks Owen for the chance to read it. The heroine of the book is Mackenzie Darroch, 5 years on from her kidnapping. She has found herself the caretaker of a home which is a refuge for victims of domestic violence.
She saves a woman from a car crash and takes her to her refuge. She thinks that will be the end of the matter, but she is wrong. The two women find themselves embroiled in a high profile case.
The women are also drawn into contact with a ruthless journalist Gina Calvi who will stop at any means to get her story.
Enough of the story and more of Owen’s writing and his characters. All are well drawn and the recurring characters like Mackenzie have all grown in stature.
Also there’re cameos by people from earlier series by Owen. Such as PI Charlie Cameron. But the biggest character is the setting of the book. The Lennoxtown area where the refuge is set.
He has also opened up moral questions as to whether everything is black or white, or shades of grey. Would Mackenzie or any other resort to means that are not entirely legal. How far would you go to protect the people close to you. Also if were an upholder of the law; would you keep to the straight and narrow? Or would your human emotions get the better of you?
Owen has set up a tale where the violence has not made the women weaker but rather the opposite, they are stronger
If you have read the first book in this series you relish this like a favourite meal. If you are not aware of Owen’s writing I would you to read his books because you are missing a treat! All the stars from me!
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Bestselling author Owen Mullen is a McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year long-listed novelist.
Owen graduated from Strathclyde University, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter,. He had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; He still loves to perform on occasion. His passion for travel has taken him on many adventures from the Amazon and Africa to the colourful continent of India and Nepal. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow, and their home in the Greek Islands where Owen writes.