- Author Karen Campbell
Really interesting book this one. It’s sits in a unique halfway house of crime fiction, in that it doesn’t get too bogged down in the details of the crime (although we are following an active investigation), instead there is more focus on the police staff going about their business and trying to deal with their lives. It’s more of a drama, with relationships starting and ending, inter-office politics going on, and plenty of self-loathing.
What’s great about it, aside from the fresh take on the genre, is how gritty it is. That’s an easy word to use to describe a book set in Glasgow, but there’s something really raw and distasteful about it all, something that really gets under your skin. You can feel the thick fog of pain or discomfort or depression that surrounds the characters a lot of the time, and it’s almost visceral.
Not a pleasant book, by any stretch, but incredibly well written and worth a read, for sure.