‘From the Shadows’ by G. R. Halliday #BookReview @ReadersFirst1 @gr_halliday @HarvillSecker


Author: G. R. Halliday

Genre: Crime thriller

Format: Hardcover 432 pages

Release Date: 18 April 2019

Publisher: Harvill Secker

I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Readers First. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Sixteen-year-old Robert arrives home late. Without a word to his dad, he goes up to his bedroom. Robert is never seen alive again.

A body is soon found on the coast of the Scottish Highlands. Detective Inspector Monica Kennedy stands by the victim in this starkly beautiful and remote landscape. Instinct tells her the case won’t begin and end with this one death. 

Meanwhile, Inverness-based social worker Michael Bach is worried about one of his clients whose last correspondence was a single ambiguous text message; Nichol Morgan has been missing for seven days.

As Monica is faced with catching a murderer who has been meticulously watching and waiting, Michael keeps searching for Nichol, desperate to find him before the killer claims another victim.

My Thoughts

There is definitely something about the vast expanse of the Highlands in Scotland that makes it quite possibly the perfect setting for crimes like the ones featured in this book. The fact that everything is so remote creates that eeriness that people can disappear and potentially never be found. 

This book follows two lead characters: Monica Kennedy, a Detective Inspector juggling the pressures of a demanding job and raising a young daughter on her own, and Micheal Bach, a social worker struggling with his own inner demons whilst at the same time trying to help young adults work their way through life. 

These are two very different characters who collide in the course of a set of gruesome murders both with a vested interest in finding out what happened. Despite them being unlikely acquaintances in their own round about way they actually seem to work really well together and it was an enjoyable read to experience the investigation from both their point of views. 

There is a really good twist at the end of this book concerning an unlikely character and really created that little ‘wow I didn’t see that one coming’ moment. This is a book I would definitely recommend for anyone who likes police procedurals or who likes to read along with an investigation trying to solve the clues.  

About the Author

G.R. Halliday was born in Edinburgh and grew up near Stirling in Scotland. He spent his childhood obsessing over the unexplained mysteries his father investigated, which has proved excellent inspiration for From the Shadows. He now lives in the rural Highlands outside of Inverness, where he is able to pursue his favourite pastimes of mountain climbing and swimming in the sea, before returning home to his band of semi-feral cats.

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