Monday, April 28

Book Review: Black and Blue

Title: Black and Blue

Author: Ian Rankin

Pages: EBook 414

Summary: Rebus is juggling four cases trying to nail one killer - who might just lead back to the infamous Bible John. And he's doing it under the scrutiny of an internal inquiry led by a man he has just accused of taking backhanders from Glasgow's Mr Big. As if this wasn't enough, there are TV cameras at his back investigating a miscarriage of justice, making Rebus a criminal in the eyes of a million or more viewers. Just one mistake is likely to mean an unpleasant and not particularly speedy death or, worse still, losing his job.

My Rating: 7.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: There were times where this book was very intense and hard to put down, although there were also times the book dragged on a bit, I found it to be an engaging.

The author did a good job at setting up the plot line, linking things together and creating a solid story There was a lot to the story, including background information and constantly building the plot to make it a very exciting read at times. I did find that some parts were predictable, but others were a complete surprise for me, as certain things were revealed or which direction the author took the story to. I did find it was becoming a little to drawn out in the end, but I when the story ended, it worked out well for the book and it's characters.

One of the best aspects of the book was that author has written a very solid cast of characters. I don't have a favourite yet, although Rebus was a very, different character from what I've seen lately. Unfortunately, because I'm reading a book, part way through the series, I'm missing a lot of information on their development and back-story. Which was part of the reason why I struggled through the book, was because I was missing something from the other books. Although, it does look like, time isn't wasted on recapping all the previous events from previous books to help the reader understand, so the author goes full swing into the next story, and it seems that you have had to read the previous books to fully understand certain references and character quips.

Overall a great read, and while I'm not a big police procedural/crime fiction fan, but this book, was very well done, I will likely go back and read the first part of the series and future books by the author in the series.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, but I would recommend starting from the beginning. There was a lot of character development and references I missed out on. I thought it would be similar to other books in similar genre/series layout, but this one does seem to need you to read the other books, to fully appreciate the characters.

What to read next: I'd read more by the author

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, Alphabet Challenge, EBook Challenge, New Author Challenge, Read Scotland Challenge

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