A father waits in Glasgow’s Central Station for his daughter, returning home from London for Christmas. When the last train has pulled in, and she doesn’t get off it, he makes a desperate overnight dash to find out why. His search for her takes over his life, costing him his job and, as he withdraws from home, family and friends, he finds himself alone, despairing of ever seeing her again.
This is a gritty crime novel with some sexual content
MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Well I pre-ordered this novel well before the publishing date (6th March 2016) determined that I would read it when it was delivered to my kindle but alas I was caught up with other books and it got by me. It was pure luck that I rediscovered it and WOW it just WOWED me!
This is the first Alan Jones novel that I have read and it won’t be the last. I loved the simplicity of his main character Glaswegian widower Bill. A totally unassuming ordinary man, Bill was getting by day after day going to work and looking forward to his daughter’s Xmas visit. But when train after train arrives and Carol doesn’t Bill takes himself to London to find out where she is.
This is some wicked journey that Bill takes on, what a brilliant character! Alan Jones serves to his readers a character to cheer on, cringe about and cry tears of joy and anguish over. A man determined to find his child (even grown up) no matter what the personal cost, because that is what dads should be like!
The bad guys are well pretty terrible and put that tingle on the back of your neck that then runs up and down your spine.
Could this story really happen? I doubt it.
Did it make good Reading? Darn right it did.
And would I recommend it? OMG Yes!
Definitely need more Alan Jones
FURTHER BOOKS BY ALAN JONES
The Cabinetmaker, Alan Jones’ first novel, tells of one man’s fight for justice when the law fails him. Set in Glasgow from the late nineteen-seventies through to the current day, a cabinetmaker’s only son is brutally murdered by a gang of thugs, who walk free after a bungled prosecution.
It’s young Glasgow detective John McDaid’s first murder case. He forms an unlikely friendship with the cabinetmaker, united by a determination to see the killers punished, their passion for amateur football, and by John’s introduction to a lifelong obsession with fine furniture.
This is the story of their friendship, the cabinetmaker’s quest for justice, and the detective’s search for the truth.
This unusual crime thriller contains some Glasgow slang and a moderate amount of strong language.
For a Slang Dictionary, a Cabinetmaking Glossary, an interactive map and much more, go to http://www.thecabinetmaker.info
The tortured corpses of young alcoholics and drug addicts are turning up in Glasgow and only Eddie Henderson seems to know why. When he tries to tell the police, his information is ridiculed and he’s told to stop wasting their time.
One officer, junior detective Catherine Douglas, believes him, and together they set out to discover why the dregs of Glasgow’s underbelly are being found, dead and mutilated.