Sunday, March 1

Book Review: Knots and Crosses

Title: Knots and Crosses

Author: Ian Rankin

Pages: EBook 206

Summary: And in Edinburgh of all places. I mean, you never think of that sort of thing happening in Edinburgh, do you...?' 'That sort of thing' is the brutal abduction and murder of two young girls. And now a third is missing, presumably gone to the same sad end. Detective Sergeant John Rebus, smoking and drinking too much, his own young daughter spirited away south by his disenchanted wife, is one of many policemen hunting the killer. And then the messages begin to arrive: knotted string and matchstick crosses - taunting Rebus with pieces of a puzzle only he can solve.

My Rating: 8.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The book was a fun, gripping read from start to finish. It has all the elements I enjoy in a thriller/mystery book and an excellent protagonist to go with it.

I like Rebus as a character, he's raw and gritty, but he's still an enjoyable character to read about. He's realistic, he has multiple dimensions, and overall, compared to similar books in the genre, he stands out. I think it's why I enjoy this book and series so much. Because there's a very realistic protagonist, who is well rounded and compliments the plot. He can be an ass at times, but I think it is fitting for the mood and setting of the book.

This was definitely one of those, gripping reads, especially near the end. I ended up becoming immersed in the book, griping it, as I read on to find out what would happen next. And I think the author set up the scene, and ended it exceptionally well. I was hopping a certain reporter, would get a different ending, he was also a character who was well written, but he was also the type of character you wanted to be hit by a bus.

The story itself was well done, I liked it a lot and I enjoyed trying to piece together the mystery, although near the middle of the book, it began to drag on a little bit, I wanted the story to push forward a little faster than it did during that part, but all in all a great read.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, this had me clenching the ereader, well written and great a character to go with it, what else could you want from a thriller?

What to read next: Hide and Seek, the next book in the series

Challenges: 100+ Books Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, Cloak and Dagger Challenge,  EBook Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge, Read Scotland Challenge


  1. I have been meaning to try this author's books for such a long time now. This one sounds like a really great place to start and I'm adding it to the never ending TBR list. Great review!

  2. I agree with you about Rebus being such a well developed character. Having just finished Standing in Another Man's Grave I still think on the story and the characters and want to go back. So sad the book is finished I was done reading!