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|Read Pdf ò From the Shadows å A stunning, atmospheric police procedural set against the grit of Inverness and the raw beauty of the Scottish Highlands, this is the first book in the DI Monica Kennedy seriesSixteen year old Robert arrives home late Without a word to his dad, he goes up to his bedroom Robert is never seen alive againA body is soon found on the coast of the Scottish Highlands Detective Inspector Monica Kennedy stands by the victim in this starkly beautiful and remote landscape Instinct tells her the case won t begin and end with this one deathMeanwhile, Inverness based social worker Michael Bach is worried about one of his clients whose last correspondence was a single ambiguous text message Nichol Morgan has been missing for seven daysAs Monica is faced with catching a murderer who has been meticulously watching and waiting, Michael keeps searching for Nichol, desperate to find him before the killer claims another victim From the Shadows introduces DI Monica Kennedy, an unforgettable new series lead, perfect for fans of Ann Cleeves Vera, Susie Steiner and Peter May From the Shadows is a D.I Monica Kennedy novel, a new Scottish crime series from debut author G.R Halliday.Sixteen year old Robert arrives home late Without a word to his dad, he goes up to his bedroom Robert is never seen alive again A body is soon found on the coast of the Scottish Highlands Detective Inspector Monica Kennedy stands by the victim in the beautiful and remote landscape Instinct tells her the case won t begin and end with this one death Meanwhile, Inverness based social From the Shadows is a D.I Monica Kennedy novel, a new Scottish crime series from debut author G.R Halliday.Sixteen year old Robert arrives home late Without a word to his dad, he goes up to his bedroom Robert is never seen alive again A body is soon found on the coast of the Scottish Highlands Detective Inspector Monica Kennedy stands by the victim in the beautiful and remote landscape Instinct tells her the case won t begin and end with this one death Meanwhile, Inverness based social worker Michael Bach is worried about one of his clients, Nichol Morgan, who has been missing for seven days As Monica is faced with catching a murderer who has been meticulously watching and waiting, Michael keeps searching for Nichol, desperate to find him before the killer claims another victim.As debut police procedurals go this isn t a bad first time effort I love crime thrillers set in Scotland, especially the Highlands and knowing the places mentioned in the story intimately, I did feel a connection to the location of the story and appreciated the raw beauty of the atmospheric descriptions Although I would have a appreciated a littlepositivity towards the Highland weather, which can be unforgiven but can also be quite stunning It is does have quite gruesome descriptions at times, so if easily offended this may not be for you but I thought it added to the story and as I do like my serial killers to be as twisted as they come, I was very content with the violent content in the book All in all a decent crime thriller, my only niggle was the constant reference to Monica s height, I m sure it s not unusual to have tall women in the police force and I couldn t help picturing some totally freakish woman with very large feet I would readin this series should it be followed up and would hope Michael Bach returned to the story too, I thought he made a great character and worked well as a partnership with Monica I would happily recommend this book.4 stars GR Halliday s debut is a welcome addition to the Scottish Noir crime fiction genre, with its melancholic and morose atmosphere that hangs heavy throughout, set in the Scottish Highlands and Inverness 16 year old Robert Wright disappears from his home, only for his mutilated, tortured body with a stone thrust deep down his throat to be found posed in a remote part of the Highlands Leading the police team is DI Monica Kennedy, a rather tall woman, a single mother, with 4 year old daughter, Lucy, GR Halliday s debut is a welcome addition to the Scottish Noir crime fiction genre, with its melancholic and morose atmosphere that hangs heavy throughout, set in the Scottish Highlands and Inverness 16 year old Robert Wright disappears from his home, only for his mutilated, tortured body with a stone thrust deep down his throat to be found posed in a remote part of the Highlands Leading the police team is DI Monica Kennedy, a rather tall woman, a single mother, with 4 year old daughter, Lucy, whom she barely sees but is constantly in her thoughts Her mother who shows a touch too much interest in Monica s cases, looks after Lucy Michael Bach is a guilt ridden social worker, with a traumatic past, desperately worried about about one of his missing clients, 17 year old Nichol Morgan With a murder investigation on her hands, Monica knows the police have no resources to devote to finding Nichol, so she breaks procedure by telling him to find Nichol as she gives him his client s laptop.Matters escalate when a second body of a another young boy with the same MO is found in a remote location by a loch Monica s ambitious boss, Superintendent Hately foists on her a Dr Hamish Lees, a criminal psychologist, an arrogant man with certainties that Monica is highly doubtful of Interspersed in the narrative is the watcher, a highly intelligent presence, operating several steps ahead of the police Monica and Bach are faced with a case that throws ups ever increasing dangers, with the likes of Owen MacLennan and Don Cameron The police team are not immune from the tragedies and horror that engulf the investigation where it appears there arevictims than the police were ever aware of in the past With a boss that is too focused on one suspect, Monica is forced to operate below the radar until it all ends up in a blood soaked thrilling finale that has me avidly anticipating the next book in the series.This may not be a perfect debut, the author dwells a little too assiduously throughout on Monica s height and the ending is a trifle too fudged However, it is terrifically compelling, packed with plentiful suspense and tension, and with some wonderful characterisation I liked the inclusion of the cat, Colonel Mustard, along with Michael s IT geek, Henry, and the flawed but determined DC Connor Crawford Both Monica and Michael have suitably dark backgrounds with trauma, and a Monica that can make truly troubling decisions All in all, this is a brilliantly chilling beginning to what promises to be a stellar series set amidst the background of the stunning Scottish Highlands Highly recommended Many thanks to Random House Vintage for an ARC My review for this has disappeared from Goodreads.GR Halliday s debut is a welcome addition to the Scottish Noir crime fiction genre, with its melancholic and morose atmosphere that hangs heavy throughout, set in the Scottish Highlands and Inverness 16 year old Robert Wright disappears from his home, only for his mutilated, tortured body with a stone thrust deep down his throat to be found posed in a remote part of the Highlands Leading the police team is DI Monica Kennedy, a rather tall woman My review for this has disappeared from Goodreads.GR Halliday s debut is a welcome addition to the Scottish Noir crime fiction genre, with its melancholic and morose atmosphere that hangs heavy throughout, set in the Scottish Highlands and Inverness 16 year old Robert Wright disappears from his home, only for his mutilated, tortured body with a stone thrust deep down his throat to be found posed in a remote part of the Highlands Leading the police team is DI Monica Kennedy, a rather tall woman, a single mother, with 4 year old daughter, Lucy, whom she barely sees but is constantly in her thoughts Her mother who shows a touch too much interest in Monica s cases, looks after Lucy Michael Bach is a guilt ridden social worker, with a traumatic past, desperately worried about about one of his missing clients, 17 year old Nichol Morgan With a murder investigation on her hands, Monica knows the police have no resources to devote to finding Nichol, so she breaks procedure by telling him to find Nichol as she gives him his client s laptop.Matters escalate when a second body of a another young boy with the same MO is found in a remote location by a loch Monica s ambitious boss, Superintendent Hately foists on her a Dr Hamish Lees, a criminal psychologist, an arrogant man with certainties that Monica is highly doubtful of Interspersed in the narrative is the watcher, a highly intelligent presence, operating several steps ahead of the police Monica and Bach are faced with a case that throws ups ever increasing dangers, with the likes of Owen MacLennan and Don Cameron The police team are not immune from the tragedies and horror that engulf the investigation where it appears there arevictims than the police were ever aware of in the past With a boss that is too focused on one suspect, Monica is forced to operate below the radar until it all ends up in a blood soaked thrilling finale that has me avidly anticipating the next book in the series.This may not be a perfect debut, the author dwells a little too assiduously throughout on Monica s height and the ending is a trifle too fudged However, it is terrifically compelling, packed with plentiful suspense and tension, and with some wonderful characterisation I liked the inclusion of the cat, Colonel Mustard, along with Michael s IT geek, Henry, and the flawed but determined DC Connor Crawford Both Monica and Michael have suitably dark backgrounds with trauma, and a Monica that can make truly troubling decisions All in all, this is a brilliantly chilling beginning to what promises to be a stellar series set amidst the background of the stunning Scottish Highlands Highly recommended Many thanks to Random House Vintage for an ARC Monica Kennedy 1Thenstory is set in Inverness, Scotland Young teenage boys are either missing or they have been found dead DI Monica Kennedyniz in charge of the investigation Social worker, Michael Bach is also looking for a missing boy Monica is also a single mother They ve just moved back to her roots and she s trying to make an impression This book held my attention all the way through It s quite graphic in its descriptions of the violence that takes place The descriptions of the sce Monica Kennedy 1Thenstory is set in Inverness, Scotland Young teenage boys are either missing or they have been found dead DI Monica Kennedyniz in charge of the investigation Social worker, Michael Bach is also looking for a missing boy Monica is also a single mother They ve just moved back to her roots and she s trying to make an impression This book held my attention all the way through It s quite graphic in its descriptions of the violence that takes place The descriptions of the scenery and the weather were spot on This is a dark and gripping read I liked the main characters and I hope that Michael will feature inbooks as the series progresses My only criticism is the constant reminders of how tall Monica is A great start to a new police procedural series I m looking forward to reading the next book I do recommend this book I would like to thank NetGalley, Random House UK, Vintage Publishing and the author G.R Halliday for my ARC in exchange for an honest review