Alyssa Clark is about to find out that reading really can be murder.
She thought her new job in Thornhill Library would be safe and uneventful. Boring, even. But on her first day at work, a masked gunman storms into the building and blows away every member of staff on duty. Alyssa barely escapes with her life.
The police are satisfied they’ve got their man, but Davy, Alyssa’s colleague and the only other survivor of the massacre, is convinced the real killer is still at large. Alyssa – trying to move on with her life while dealing with traumatic flashbacks and the unwanted advances of an obsessive ex – is sceptical. However, when she stumbles across damning evidence of a cover-up, she agrees to join forces with Davy to help track down the real culprit.
But in her pursuit of the truth, will she find the closure she desperately craves… or provoke the wrath of a killer with unfinished business on his mind?
If you like twists, turns and compelling, conflicted characters, you’ll love this gripping new mystery from the McIlvanney Prize-nominated author of In the Silence.
M.R. Mackenzie was not an author I was familiar with prior to taking part in this tour however when I saw he was a fellow Scot I was keen to read some of his work.
‘The Library Murders‘ quickly hooks you in by jumping straight into the action although I did find the pace slowed down after the first few chapters. I thought the book had an interesting premise and was quite different from other books I have read in this genre.
From the opening paragraph I considered Alyssa to be a real party girl who loved going out and being around friends but that image quickly diminishes leaving a very troubled, deep and emotionally damaged young woman. I really did feel sorry for her although at times her attitude towards others did anger and frustrate me.
Davy was an interesting character whom I have to admit I wasn’t sure if I trusted. Mackenzie is so skilled at raising doubts in your mind that I found myself not completely trusting anyone. Although this added tension to the story, I have to admit that I found it quite off-putting as it resulted in several characters becoming unlikeable.
The story itself is intriguing as I could not work out why anyone would want to carry out such a brutal and violent attack in a local library. Mackenzie does keep you guessing right till the end and I’d bet that not many people will be able to work out who the perpetrator is, I certainly didn’t!
Overall, it was an enjoyable read and a little different from other books I have read recently. If there is one message I will take from it then it is most certainly, ‘Remember to smile!’.
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