by JD Adamsson
“A few people come out here, seeking the good life. But the Winter’s harsh, the storms are rough, and if those don’t test you, the midges will.”
Conrad, ex-cop and worried father, travels to the island of Lewis to find his missing son. The kid took a trip to the Hebrides after graduation. Maybe he’s toking it up with some Scottish hippies or maybe he’s been the victim of a grisly ritual murder. Conrad aims to find out. This is a novella and it’s a quick read, so I can’t say a whole lot without spoiling the plot. A tense, personal story, it has a smattering of red herrings and a supernatural undercurrent.
Why I Chose This One
Honestly, I was curious about a Hebrides mystery. My wife’s currently binge-ing Shetland and she won’t shut up about it. Cold, Scottish islands seemed like a good place for some spooky murders. And they were. Are. Whatever.
What I Liked
- Stornoway. I liked the feel of the little seaside village. The pub scene and, strangely, the post office scene gave Stornoway this quirky, lived-in feel.
- The Hebrides. I wanted to visit these mysterious islands with their standing stones and brutal history.
- Conrad. Honestly, I pictured Martin Crane from Frasier. The whole time. I thought this would be a police procedural at first, but Conrad made this a personal tale.
- The boat ride. This short scene was tense.
What I Didn’t
- The length. I think JD could have fleshed this out into a full length novel. I found myself thoroughly engrossed in Conrad and the Hebrides. When the climactic shit hit the fan, I wasn’t ready. I wanted more. I had a vague suspicion JD wrote this to gin up interest in her upcoming novel. If so, well played. I’m hooked. Scumbag.
- All the Gaelic. It reminded me of my inlaws.
Read This If You Like
- Shetland (TV show, book series, or islands, take your pick)
- Scotland (the place)
- Supernatural murder mysteries
Read Indie, ye scumbag sassenachs!