I loved this book it is dark, gritty and has the adrenaline pumping all the way to the shocking ending. A must read for all readers who love psychological thrillers.
When no one knows you are in danger how can you ever be saved…
The Baxter house in the Lowther Hills, in Scotland, has been on the estate agent’s books for decades. Dilapidated and near-derelict, nobody is interested in it. But, for one potential buyer, the remote location and rat-infested cellar are perfect.
For the first year, Elaine’s marriage to Derek was ideal. But Derek believes she is having an affair and when she realises her husband is becoming controlling, she knows she’s made a terrible mistake.
But Elaine has a drinking problem so when she threatens to leave Derek and then disappears no one believes she has been abducted.
DS Geddes is handed the case but isn’t convinced anything criminal has taken place until a startling development comes to light.
Has Mackenzie been abducted or has she simply left her husband?
And who has bought The Baxter house and for what purpose?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I hadn’t realised how much I missed Owen’s books until I read this one. I loved the Charlie Cameron series and Delaney so I was expecting good things and I wasn’t disappointed.
Mackenzie is the main character. A spoiled child who has grown into a an adult with serious issues. An alcoholic in denial know for her lies and her siblings are all out of patience with her. A dysfunctional family at its very worst Gavin and Adele have their own relationship issues and don’t really have time for Mackenzie’s problems.
Everything comes to a head at a party and shortly afterwards Mackenzie disappears. Has she simply left her husband or is something more sinister afoot?
This is a dark, gritty psychological thriller at its very best with many twists and turns along the way as we read our way to a shocking ending that will leave the reader stunned.
The evilness that some people possess while looking like a perfectly compassionate person comes across excellently in this book.
This is a fast paced adrenaline pumping read that had me reading until the early hours to get to the heart stopping ending. An excellent read and well worth the 5 stars.
Owen Mullen is a McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year long-listed novelist.
And So It Began earned a coveted Sunday Times Crime Club ⭐Star Pick.
Owen graduated from Strathclyde University, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; Owen still loves to perform on occasion. His great love 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 away from home in the Greek Islands where the Charlie Cameron and Delaney series’, and the In Harm’s Way psychological thriller were created.