In Harms Way by Owen Mullen @OwenMullen6 @Bloodhoundbook

About this book…

What if someone you loved was in harm’s way?

What if you were being stalked and no one believed you?

What if you were abducted in broad daylight?

What if you were held captive in a cellar?

What would you do?

Mackenzie Crawford screamed.

What if your wife admitted she had a lover?

What if she went out without saying where she was going?

What if you discovered she’d left?

What would you do?

Derek Crawford fell apart.

What if a troubled woman disappeared?

What if her brother begged you to help?

What if there was no evidence of a crime?

What would you do?

In Glasgow, DI Andrew Geddes puts the case to the top of his list.

What if this was only the beginning?

My review…

This was one of the creepiest crime novels that I’ve read recently! Owen Mullen can always be trusted to bring some “noir” to his Scottish crime thrillers but this one seemed rather darker than normal and the opening pages especially had the hairs on the arms prickling with apprehension as a criminal stakes out a scene for his impending crime.

Derek and Mackenzie Crawford are a rather mismatched couple. He is several years older than her and she obviously has a problem with drink. But when Mackenzie feels a strangers eyes on her one day, she understands straightaway that this isn’t your usual kind of stalker! The man follows her everywhere until one day he seizes his opportunity to grab the object of his desire and Mackenzie disappears. The scenes of captivity for Mackenzie are incredibly harrowing and some readers may find parts of her imprisonment difficult to read. The raw emotion created by her fear is hard to face at times but I felt I owed it to Mackenzie to stay with her and watch over her even though I hadn’t found her a particularly likeable character at the beginning of the book.

Although eventually the case is investigated by DI Andrew Geddes, In Harms Way doesn’t read like your typical police procedural novel. It’s more character based with family and friends playing a larger role in bringing the story to life and creating the tension as they search for Mackenzie. There were secrets to be revealed and some shocking twists along the way that the DI helped to bring all together but to be honest he played a minor part in my eyes!

This is probably Owen Mullen’s most commercially viable crime thriller so far and I also think it’s my favourite so far! It’s an immensely enjoyable read even though it can be rather dark and disturbing at times. A sinister slice of Scottish noir.

Meet 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.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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