I love Christopher Brookmyre and the plots of the Jack Parlabane are always fun with unexpected twists. This did not disappoint…
Jack is full of emotions in this and is definitely back on form. The newly married, Diana and Peter seem like the perfect couple but all is not what it seems. When Peter’s car is found on a freezing night in the river, Diana is blamed for his murder. The missing knife, the ‘business’ and Blade Bitch all add to the plot. Ali and her new partner Rodriguez are called to the scene and have to deliver the bad news, but Diana isn’t overcome with grief and her eye has a nasty bruise…Are you going to jump to the same conclusions?
The story flows so easily and most of the plot is easy enough to have a guess at (for someone like me who reads a stupid amount of this kind of story). Wow…the last bit, not so much. The final twist was awesome and almost beyond belief. I liked the parallel narration across time and characters.
There are so many great characters in this, Diana, Lucy, Callum and I do very much enjoy this narrator. I listened in the car, whilst walking and even as I was packing up to move. I found that people talking to me when I was listening caused me to rewind 30 seconds or so as I didn’t want to miss ANYTHING. Burglary, Kidnap, Murder…What more do you want?
Having read all of the Jack Parlabane series, this definitely up there as one of my favourites, it is funny, gut wrenching and full of twists. Time to return to the packing mission this time with Genevieve Cogman and ‘The Burning Page’. Happy Reading.