What if you were being stalked and no one believed you?
What if you were abducted in broad daylight?
What if you were chained to a bed and held captive in a cellar? What would you do?
Mackenzie Crawford screamed.
What if your wife went out at night and wouldn’t say where she was going?
What if she admitted she had a lover?
What if you came home one day and discovered she’d left?
What would you do?
Derek Crawford went to pieces.
What if a woman with an alcohol problem disappeared?
What if there was no evidence of a crime?
What if her brother asked you to help?
What would you do?
In Glasgow, DI Andrew Geddes put the case to the top of his list.
What if someone you loved was in harm’s way?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This novel takes a new direction from previous books from Owen Mullen as it centres round a family rather than a P.I. with the police taking a bit of a back seat on this one. A daring risk but one that definitely pays off.
The opening scene is one that really stirs up those wicked thoughts that you keep buried away. Here was a man seeking out a very specific dwelling and all I could think was I never want to be an estate agent! House 1, no good. House 2, no good. But house 3, well that stirred up some interest. derelict, out on its own and with a dark, dark cellar. Perfect!
As the reader you are privy to what is really happening because the story is told through various characters, the most harrowing is that of missing MacKenzie Crawford. MacKenzie is the alcoholic younger wife of self-made wealthy businessman Derek Crawford. She is a real drama queen that even her own siblings knew only too well, so when she announced she was being followed, no-one believed her. When she announced she was having an affair no-one was surprised. When she disappeared everyone thought she had run off with her lover. But far from it!
This is one of Owen Mullen’s darker book as some of the descriptions are quite harrowing to say the least. Who ever it was that had MacKenzie was very brutal. I really liked the flow of the story from the beginning, with a bunch of characters that were at first hard to like. As the story progresses my views on them all changed continually through the chapters, as there were a couple of red herrings with surprising outcomes in their own right. The police involvement is pretty minimal which gave one of the characters time to shine in the story. The pace really picks up on a bit of a big dipper ending. Nice touch!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Owen Mullen is a McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year long-listed novelist.
And So It Began earned a coveted Sunday Times Crime Club ⭐Star Pick.
Owen Mullen graduated from Strathclyde University, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; Owen still loves to perform on occasion. His passion for travel has taken him on many adventures from the Amazon and Africa to the colourful continent of India and Nepal. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow, and their home away from home in the Greek Islands where the Charlie Cameron and Delaney series’, and soon to be released psychological thriller were created.