Sewing The Shadows Together by Alison Baillie


Book Description:

Can you ever get over the death of your sister? Or of your best friend?

More than 30 years after 13-year-old Shona McIver was raped and murdered in Portobello, the seaside suburb of Edinburgh, the crime still casts a shadow over the lives of her brother Tom and her best friend Sarah.

“Shona had been gone for so long but the memories still came unexpectedly, sometimes like a video from the past, sometimes distorted dreams, but she was always there.”

When modern DNA evidence shows that the wrong man was convicted of the crime, the case is reopened. So who did kill Shona? Sarah and Tom are caught up in the search for Shona’s murderer, and suspicions fall on family and friends. The foundations of Sarah’s perfect family life begin to crumble as she realises that nothing is as it appears. Dark secrets from the past are uncovered, and there is another death, before the identity of the real killer is finally revealed…

Set in Edinburgh, the Outer Hebrides and South Africa, Sewing the Shadows Together is a thoroughly modern murder mystery that keeps the reader guessing to the end. Filled with characters who could easily be friends, family or people we work with, it asks the question:

Do we ever really know the people closest to us?

My Thoughts:

This is another novel that came highly recommended to me so couldn’t not go buy myself a copy to see what all the fuss is about.

A school reunion as well as a reopened case brings Tom back to Edinburgh where his family had moved far away from after Shona his sister was murdered. Coming back into the area brings everything back for Tom and he is desperate to get some answers.

The only people I actually liked at the reunion was Tom and Sarah, who was Shona’s best friend at school. Compared to the rest of them, they were pretty normal and didn’t really have any hang ups.

Tom and Sarah coming together brings back fond memories of Shona and they are determined to try and find out who did kill her and both go in search of the truth.

There are so many unlikeable characters in this novel, I could count on one hand the ones I actually liked and had empathy for. I think this made me grasp at straws at who I thought the killer was. I have to admit I thought I was so clever thinking I knew who it was only to be proven wrong when all is revealed.

Sewing the Shadows Together is just that. It is a tale that once woven all becomes suddenly clear. It is very much one of secrets and lies and is steeped in suspense.

A highly enjoyable read that draws you in and doesn’t let you go until the very end.

Goodread ratings 4/5 stars.

Sewing The Shadows Together is available to purchase from Amazon.

6 thoughts on “Sewing The Shadows Together by Alison Baillie”

  1. I’ve also heard some good things about this book, but your review makes me think twice. I know you don’t have to like all the characters, but unlikeable ones can often cast a cold shadow on a story. Still, it sounds like it’s a good mystery.

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    1. I know what you mean. I’ve read a few books where there has been no likeable characters and to a certain extent it does spoil my enjoyment of the novel but luckily the 2 main characters in this one you will certainly warm to.


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