I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for ‘Sewing the Shadows Together’ by Alison Baillie. As you can tell from my review below, I loved it!
Genre: Crime fiction
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. 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?
With a nod to old-school crime mysteries, this is a tense yet uplifting read with modern themes.
Tom, whose sister Shona was murdered in the 1970s, reunites with Sarah, Shona’s best friend and now wife of celebrity journalist Rory Dunbar. When the news that the man convicted for Shona’s murder is being released on review of DNA evidence hits, old friendships, seemingly strong relationships, and family ties all fall under a web of suspicion.
This is Agatha Christie-esque crime writing set in a modern world. There is loss, betrayal and unorthodox family. The characters are flawed yet loveable. The plot flows seamlessly, leading you along to where you’re sure you’re going, only to find that you are wrong (well, I was). Beautiful settings are the icing on the murder-mystery cake, evocative and realistic yet not taking over the story. Read it: you will not be disappointed.
*I received a free copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.