"It's just to say that no one has come to pick Nathan up from school, and we were wondering if there was a problem of some kind?"
As Mark Douglas photographs a pod of whales stranded in the waters off Edinburgh's Portobello Beach, he is called by his son's school: his wife, Lauren, hasn't turned up to collect their son. Calm at first, Mark collects Nathan and takes him home, but as the hours slowly crawl by he increasingly starts to worry.
With brilliantly controlled reveals, we learn some of the painful secrets of the couple's shared past, not least that it isn't the first time Lauren has disappeared. And as Mark struggles to care for his son and shield him from the truth of what's going on, the police seem dangerously short of leads. That is until a shocking discovery...
Doug Johnstone is the author of four novels, most recently Hit & Run, acclaimed by Ian Rankin as "great slice of noir" and by Irvine Welsh as "a grisly parable for our times". He is also a freelance journalist, a songwriter, and a musician and has a PhD in nuclear physics. He lives in Edinburgh.
©2013 Doug Johnstone (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
"Excellent ...sharp and moving." (The Times)
"Calling to mind the best of Harlan Coben, Johnstone shows us how quickly an ordinary life can take one dark turn and nothing is ever the same again." (Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me and The End of Everything)
"Page" turner. I was totally engaged with the characters. This will keep your attention.
This author us new to me. I loved the story line and the relationship between the protagonist and his six year-old son. Some if the violence seemed overdone, but I was kept in thrall to the beautiful, lilting Scots of Angus King's narration.
I choose an overall rating for this book at 4 stars, due to the excessive foul language. The story was very good and plot was riveting. There were so many surprises. I would recommend this book for teen to adult readers.
"A little unrealistic ......"
Overall I enjoyed listening/reading book. Although a short way in I was a little puzzled with Mark's prioritisation. This continued throughout the book. I don't want to spoil but why would he deal things in that way? The boss' voice wasn't pleasant.
Change Mark's order of importance of dealing with major happenings.
Not listened to any others
No. At risk of repeating ..... It's bizarre how he goes to see his wife's boss so soon after the discovery.
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