THE UNDISCOVERED DEATHS OF GRACE McGILL by C. S. Robertson (Hodder £14.99, 368 pp)

THE UNDISCOVERED DEATHS OF GRACE McGILL by C. S. Robertson (Hodder £14.99, 368 pp)


by C. S. Robertson (Hodder £14.99, 368 pp)

When an aged particular person dies in Glasgow and their physique lies undetected for weeks and even months, Grace McGill cleans up the mess — whether or not it’s bodily fluids, the detritus of a lifetime or their secrets and techniques.

She is a meticulous, lonely, shy, fortysomething Scot with a belligerent father and a cat known as George, and she or he finds it troublesome to talk to folks.

Because the story opens she’s clearing up after an outdated man who’s lain unnoticed for 5 months and she or he finds a dried daisy among the many stays.

A couple of weeks later there’s one other physique, and one other daisy. Grace decides to research the connection, which takes her to the island of Bute, and the disappearance of a younger lady again in 1964.

That is an ingenious, disturbing and chilling thriller through which Grace is an unforgettable character, and never what she appears. Very good storytelling, with a chic twist.

ONE STEP TOO FAR by Lisa Gardner (Century £12.99, 416 pp)

ONE STEP TOO FAR by Lisa Gardner (Century £12.99, 416 pp)


by Lisa Gardner (Century £12.99, 416 pp)

Gardner might be counted on to ship a shiver down the backbone, however this one exceeds even her excessive requirements.

The central character is Frankie Elkin, a rootless younger lady with a troubled previous who specialises find lacking folks, whether or not useless or alive.

Within the forests of Wyoming she joins a search occasion in search of any hint of a person named Timothy O’Day, who disappeared on the eve of his wedding ceremony a decade in the past.

O’Day’s father leads a search yearly, taking the 4 buddies who had been together with his son on the evening he vanished.

This has echoes of the movie Deliverance, however with a spirited younger lady at its centre who’s daunted by nothing. No surprise Gardner’s first Frankie Elkin ebook, Earlier than She Disappeared, has been optioned for a TV sequence, with Oscar-winner actress Hilary Swank taking part in Frankie — the books are that good.


CRY WOLF by Hans Rosenfeldt (HarperCollins £14.99, 384 pp)

CRY WOLF by Hans Rosenfeldt (HarperCollins £14.99, 384 pp)

by Hans Rosenfeldt (HarperCollins £14.99, 384 pp)

From the creator of Wallander and The Bridge comes this placing slice of Scandi-noir at its very bleakest — so chilly and haunting that all of it however takes your breath away.

Set within the distant northern Swedish city of Haparanda, it begins with a drug deal that goes fallacious and results in a bloodbath within the woods, simply throughout the border in Finland. However that emerges solely when human stays are discovered within the abdomen of a useless wolf on the Swedish facet.

Detective Hannah Wester investigates the place the medicine and cash, which ought to have been discovered on the scene of the shoot-out, have gone.

Enter skilled murderer Katya, employed by the Russian gangster who despatched the medicine within the first place, to seek out the loot earlier than the police do. So begins a chase between the 2 girls which grows more and more bloody, with the physique depend rising exponentially.

Not for the faint-hearted, it is a story that lingers lengthy within the thoughts — as does Katya.

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