‘Blue Wicked’ is a Gritty thriller set in the south side of Glasgow. Eddie Henderson finds himself as the unlikely investigator with information that there’s a serial killer targeting the substance dependent underclass who inhabit the notorious Glasgow housing estates. The police force ignore his warnings but one young detective believes him and she helps him search for the truth, despite putting her own career at risk. Their desperate search for the truth on their own proves Eddie right and sparks off a massive manhunt, with Eddie and Catherine, the young detective, at the forefront of the investigation. The book contains a fair bit of strong language and Glasgow dialect, and has some very violent passages.
Blue Wicked is the second novel I have read by this author and I have to say that this one seriously took my breath away.
I have read a lot of crime novels over the years as well as watched lots of crime and horror films, but for the first time ever I had to keep putting this novel down and taking a bit of a breather and going back to it. Why I hear you ask? Well lets just say that the levels of torture and pain that the victims in this story suffered, well I think you do need a bit of a strong stomach to read it in one sitting.
Blue Wicked certainly isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea but if you can get past the atrocities of what happens to the victims then you will be in for one dark and gritty reading experience. Don’t get me wrong, the author does go into maybe a little bit more detail than I cared for at the start but I do think this is crucial to the story. If you have an over active imagination like I certainly do, the murder scenes are something I didn’t want to envision for to long and that’s why I kept going off and playing a few games of Candy Crush before returning and devouring more of the story.
The story is set in Glasgow and the author has done a great job in getting the strong Glaswegian accent across in how the characters speak but yet is still very easy for the reader to read and understand.
I really enjoyed how thanks to an over keen vet, the police are able to start putting some answers to the recent brutal murders in the area. Eddie is quite a complex character, he is brilliant and extremely thorough at his job as a vet but is not so great with people. He certainly seems to come out of his shell though when he meets Catherine. The two of them work well together and draw from each others experiences and knowledge in their jobs.
Blue Wicked is a brilliant novel which even though quite horrific in parts, it is still a fast paced story that grabs the reader from the start. I personally would love to see more of Eddie and Catherine as they make a great crime fighting duo.
Many thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Blue Wicked is available to purchase from Amazon.