***** 5 STARS
The body of a murdered woman is found washed up on Cramond Island near the mouth of the River Forth. Days later detectives are called to a flat in Edinburgh; the kitchen is covered in blood, and the occupier is missing. When the name of the woman from Cramond Island is revealed, it stirs unwelcome memories for those who knew her, Chief Constable Bob Skinner most of all. Now based in Glasgow, he has no reason to become involved in the case. Yet he does, unwittingly setting in motion a course that leads him to the toughest choice of his life, putting him in the midst of a personal nightmare, both life-threatening and career changing.
There is only one word that can describe the 24th Bob Skinner novel, Hour of Darkness by Quintin Jardine and that is OMG (Oh My God). If you thought that the last two novels Funeral Note and Pray for the Dying were amazing, then you ain’t seen nothing yet, as Hour of Darkness will blow them out the water. I can now see why the literary world have been calling this the best Skinner novel to date as it takes you on one of the best journeys of your life, it is a page turner that will have you engrossed until the end, keeps you on the edge of your seat, keeps you guessing right till the end and when you finally think you have the answers it throws everything you thought you knew upside down and inside out.
Everything that you love about the Bob Skinner novels are present here, the way in which the author can juggle a multitude of different characters and make each one special and memorable to the reader. The way in which Edinburgh and the surrounding areas and in the newer books Glasgow are brought to life in the pages, where the readers can experience the darker side of Scotland’s cities and towns. The way in which the author can in corporate real life situations that face the police service and make them believable such as the new Police Scotland. The author also like to end his novel with a small cliff hanger that teases the reader and makes you desperate to read the follow up so you can find out what is going to happen next. So it just leaves me to say, can’t wait to find out what is going to happen in the next Bob Skinner novel number 25.
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Headline (8 May 2014)