Author Stuart MacBride
Publisher Harper Collins
The tabloids call him the Birthday Boy.
He snatches girls just before their 13th birthdays. One year later the family get a homemade card in the post – ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!’ scrawled in blood-red ink above a Polaroid photograph of the missing girl.
Detective Constable Ash Henderson is seconded to the investigation.
What did I think?
Definitely worth me starting this post of by mentioning that this was actually an audio-book version of Birthdays for the Dead I listened to and wasn’t the traditional physical book or the more modern e-book. Now, the reason why this is important is because listening to this book was probably the main reason that it took me a long time to get in to – that being because the narrator (Ian Hanmore) had quite a thick Scottish accent which took a lot of time for me to get used to and understand.
With that being said, I have read Stuart MacBride’s books previously and knew I should expect big things. Birthdays for the Dead did definitely not disappoint me and MacBride has written a gritty, tension building thriller that keeps you on your toes the whole way through.
I was constantly second guessing myself and admiring how MacBride has the ability to make you believe that you know who the Birthday Boy is…when in actual fact, the story has so much more than just the Birthday Boy storyline. MacBride has somehow managed to weave around four different story lines in to this book which makes it intricate, interesting and at some points confusing.
My four heart rating really is down the fact that it took me a while to get in to, like I said, this could be just because I tried the audio-book out and struggled with the Scottish accent but overall MacBride has written a novel that you cannot put down and keeps you wanting more. As Birthdays for the Dead is the first book in the Ash Henderson series, I am intrigued to see where MacBride takes it next!
My Rating? ♥♥♥♥
Will you be adding this to your TBR pile?