Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own the Hebridean company Ranish Tweed. On a business trip to Paris to promote their luxury brand, Niamh learns of Ruairidh’s affair, and then looks on as he and his lover are killed by a car bomb. She returns home to Lewis, bereft.
Niamh begins to look back on her life with Ruairidh, desperate to identify anyone who may have held a grudge against him. The French police, meanwhile, have ruled out terrorism, and ruled in murder – and sent Detective Sylvie Braque to shadow their prime suspect: Niamh.
As one woman works back through her memories, and the other moves forward with her investigation, the two draw ever closer to a deadly enemy with their own, murderous, designs.
What does TWG think?
I am actually quite ashamed with myself – how on Earth have I not read a Peter May novel before?! I was drawn to this book a lot, not only because of it being by a ‘new author’ for me, but because the cover creeped the hell out of me!
Because there is A LOT happening in this book, my review will be quite vague so not to give any of the storyline away. However, I will be honest and say that I did find myself sitting on the fence a lot with what I was reading. Each of the characters names seemed to melt into one another as there was just so many to keep tabs on! Don’t get me wrong, the characters themselves were memorable, it’s just trying to remember who was who was not. Of course, Niamh was the most memorable character of them all and rightly so (you’ll see what I mean when you read the book).
I did think it was clever how the author’s settings changed along the way, giving his readers an insight to three very well-known countries in the world. Personally, the way in which the storyline flowed seamlessly between those setting changes really made me see the book in a different light.
All in all, despite my slight confusion and sitting on the fence, I did find myself enjoying the complex and thrilling storyline the more of it I read. I’m glad I decided to read a Peter May novel for the first time, and I am glad that my curiosity took over so that I could sit back and enjoy the ride which this author had taken me on.
Certainly different, but I am looking forward to reading another Peter May novel in the future.