Good morning readers! How are you this fabulous Monday? I am back with a review of FROM THE SHADOWS by G.R.Halliday, the newest, hottest crime procedural in town! Set in the Scottish Highlands, this novel is the first book in the DI Monica Kennedy series. I am having it from good sources that the sequel is being worked on and I am very excited; this review is coming out a bit later because I was convinced that I had published it… obviously not…
Year Of Publication: April 2019
Publisher: Harvill Secker
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Thank you Harvill Secker for sending me an ARC of this novel for review.
Sixteen-year-old Robert arrives home late. Without a word to his dad, he goes up to his bedroom. Robert is never seen alive again.
A body is soon found on the coast of the Scottish Highlands. Detective Inspector Monica Kennedy stands by the victim in this starkly beautiful and remote landscape. Instinct tells her the case won’t begin and end with this one death.”
From the Shadows is Halliday’s debut novel, but I was impressed how well it was executed and it did not feel like his first ever novel. The novel is following different key characters, including the killer, and although I am not generally a fan of multiple POVs, it was so well done I really enjoyed it. The set-up for this novel is perfect with it’s dark and atmospheric vibes which draw you in – I felt chilled to my bones.
DI Monica Kennedy is senior investigator on the murder case of a 16 year old boy who after disappearing from his home is found mutilated and tortured on a remote location in the Highlands. When another body is found fitting the same MO, the situation escalates and Monica has to find out the truth behind these murders and stop the killer from striking again.
I really liked Monica and it was easy to empathize with her, even if at times there was a little too much “underlining” of some of her flaws. Monica is a lone mother with a 4 year child, but also a professional trying to be the best at her job and keep the people safe. She has a past herself, but then everyone around her seems to be keeping secrets and she eventually unites forces with Bach, the social worker of another missing teenager who’s body was never found. Bach has his own demons to fight, but his passion for saving these kids is the motivator which keeps him going.
Halliday has a talent for writing good characters and knows how to set the scene for maximum impact. From the shadows is a brilliant debut tot what it seems to be an amazing new crime series.
Have you read From the shadows? What did you think?