A gripping story.
WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT
They see everything. They hear everything. They know everything.
When a young police officer, Derek Sullivan, goes missing, the detective investigating his disappearance turns to criminologist Anna Scavolini – Derek’s one-time university lecturer – for help. Haunted by the belief that she failed in her duty of care towards her former student, Anna finds herself drawn increasingly deeper into the investigation.
Meanwhile, Zoe Callahan – once Anna’s best friend, now unhappily estranged – becomes preoccupied by unsettling rumours involving her old school. Uncovering a trail of evidence implicating the most powerful men in Scottish society in a scandal stretching back decades, she soon attracts the attention of sinister forces who don’t look kindly on those who disturb the past…
A missing police officer, a highly coveted list of names, a fatal car crash on a rainswept night – what connects these seemingly unrelated threads? And who are the mysterious Shadow Men, whose very name strikes terror into the hearts of everyone who hears it?
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
A young cop disappears. There is a fatal accident in a rainy night. A girl gets her hands on a list of extremely powerful individuals who might have been involved in wrongdoing. Three seemingly unconnected events – are they related? You got to read The Shadow Men by M.R. Mackenzie to find out.
As is evident from the blurb, there are multiple threads in the plot. However, Mackenzie seamlessly blends them together in the second half resulting in a gripping plot. He also ties up all the loose ends.
Further, the characters were three-dimensional. Mackenzie brought out the nuances of each character very well. I loved Anna the most. She is caring but also sassy and independent. She gave her best to unearth the mystery behind the young cop’s disappearance. Besides, the plot was suspenseful and kept me on my toes.
Overall, I found The Shadow Men to be a riveting read. Recommended for lovers of thrillers and mysteries.
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Many thanks to Kelly @ Love Books Tour for organizing this blog tour. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book. This does not affect my opinion on the book. I opted to provide an honest review on my blog.
M.R. Mackenzie was born and lives in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied at Glasgow University and has an MA in English and a PhD in Film Studies. In 2019, his first novel, In the Silence, was shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year and longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize. His third novel, The Library Murders, was featured in Crime Time’s Best of the Year 2020 list.