Writing a bestselling crime series is quite an achievement, and Stuart MacBride blew everyone away when he released the award winning Cold Granite. As you might be able to tell from the name, he hails from Scotland where the crime novels take place. If you love reading about old detectives trying to solve crimes, you still might be shocked by this novel because it revolves around a child killer roaming the dark streets.
Aberdeen is cold enough at the best of times, but when DC Logan McRae returns to work after a year off sick he is faced with something chilling. They’ve found a young boy who has been lying dead in a ditch for a while, and his body has been strangled and mutilated. It doesn’t get any better when he discovers little David is only the first. Children keep going missing and they’re running out of time to catch the killer before the body count gets out of control, and even Logan isn’t safe any more.
The story is obviously great otherwise it wouldn’t have won any awards, but it’s a little creepy and you’ll be hoping Logan can catch the killer before he kills any more kids. One of the best things about Cold Granite is the city it’s based in, and even though Aberdeen is a pleasant city you can easily imagine how scary the granite streets will be after dark. It’s the perfect place for a serial killer to hide in the shadows as he prowls around.
Some crime novels are wasted because you know what is going to happen from the start, but the best will always deliver plot twists to keep you guessing until the very end. Thankfully the twists, shocks, and suspense is something Cold Granite has going for it. If you make it out of the other side alive, you might want to check out some of the other books in the series to read about more dangerous people who are up to no good.