16th February 2021.
I enjoy finding new authors to read in a crowded crime market where there are more detectives with traumas than you can shake a stick at. Many of the police procedurals tread the same familiar territory without bringing anything new to the table. While See Them Run followed some familiar patterns, it was engaging and different enough to catch and maintain my interest.
It didn’t start that way, but drew me in after the first hit and run murder. The card with the number 5 on it suggested there was a serial killer at work. And sure enough, it wasn’t long before a second victim was found with a number 4 on the card. The countdown began.
DI Clare Mackay was an engaging lead character, who’d left her past behind in Glasgow, along with her boyfriend. Having swapped the mean streets for a rural idyll, she soon came under scrutiny from the Detective Chief Inspector called in to oversee the case. For a while it looked like another case of desk bound superior officer finding fault with the team, and Clare Mackay in particular. But as the story progressed they started working together and developed an understanding to solve the case.
With good support from the team, the detectives slowly unravelled the mystery and the motive behind the killings, leading to an exciting and satisfying climax.
Though the case followed familiar themes and motives, the plot was well-handled and intriguing enough to keep me turning the pages. The characters were realistic, engaging and drove the investigation along its twisting course. Clare Mackay came over as strong and determined, but vulnerable due to past events – a good mix with plenty of possibilities for the future.
I look forward to reading the next in the series.
In a famous Scottish town, someone is bent on murder – but why?
On the night of a wedding celebration, one guest meets a grisly end when he’s killed in a hit-and-run. A card bearing the number ‘5’ has been placed on the victim’s chest. DI Clare Mackay, who recently moved from Glasgow to join the St Andrews force, leads the investigation. The following night another victim is struck down and a number ‘4’ card is at the scene. Clare and her team realise they’re against the clock to find a killer stalking the streets of the picturesque Scottish town and bent on carrying out three more murders.
To prevent further deaths, the police have to uncover the link between the victims. But those involved have a lot more at stake than first meets the eye. If Clare wants to solve the case she must face her own past and discover the deepest secrets of the victims – and the killer.