Book Review – The Darkest Goodbye by Alex Gray…

When an elderly woman is found dead in her home, newly fledged DC Kirsty Wilson is called to the scene. It appears that the woman had a mysterious visitor in the early hours of that morning – someone dressed as a carer, but with much darker intentions. It soon becomes obvious that this was not death by natural causes – it was murder. Before she can catch her breath, DC Wilson is thrown in at the deep end as another body turns up; this time the victim is a well-known drug dealer from Glasgow’s mean streets, and there’s no question that this was a brutal execution. The two cases appear to have nothing in common, but when another vulnerable person is murdered in their sleep, the police realise that it’s only a matter of time before the next victim emerges, and Detective Superintendent William Lorimer is called in to help DC Wilson investigate. This case is big and it’s about to get more personal than either of them could have imagined…
I have been given an ARC by Netgalley and The Little Brown Book Group UK in exchange for a fair and honest review. 
This is the first book that I have read in the D.S Lorimer series. It certainly won’t be my last. The writing flows well and is filled with suspense. The sinister way in which the first life is taken is so callous yet so intimate it chills one to the bone.
The young female protagonist that is cutting her teeth in CID appears to be unsure of herself a lot of the time and that can be frustrating. But as they story develops, you see her become more sure of herself on everything but one issue.
The other characters are well rounded and getting to know them was easy. As a lot of the dialect is written in the way a Scots person would speak I found it great. Yes dear reader, I am a very proud Scot. 🙂 It leant a sense of gritty realism to the framework of the story.
The author tells the story in an excellent way, slowly revealing only the minimum of information. This means that the suspense builds up at a fantastic level. At the end, I was so eager to reach the end, my heart was pounding.
A fabulous, high octane crime thriller that I would highly recommend to anyone. A definite five out of five stars.
I am profoundly grateful to Netgalley and The Little Brown Book Club UK for my ARC.

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