LEIGH FORBES: Books of all Sorts

Red Bones

by Ann Cleeves.

Ann Cleeves is the queen of the slow-burn, something she manages to master without annoying the reader, which I think is a formidable skill.

Some element of the plot are apparent in advance, but despite having read the previous two books in the Shetland series, I still couldn’t guess the outcome before the end. I had a feeling there was a degree of repetition, but not to a distracting level.

I can really recommend Red Bones – Cleeve has this wonderful ability to create real characters, and represent places in their true all-sensory glory, while weaving an intriguing plot into the whole.


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