Smokeheads … a review

I picked this book up from a friend’s bedside table and when I began reading it, I was pleasantly surprised at the style of writing. The author has a very free flowing style which makes it one of those books that are very easy to read in one go. Problem for me since I picked it up on a Sunday night! But this is about four friends from Scotland who have been together since their University days and have a common bond through being lovers of scotch. They plan to take a trip to Islay. Those who know Scotland will know it as a western isle famous for its distilleries and A class single malt. Various motives and back stories start to come to light as and when the trip progresses and it is very nice how the author has brought out the different natures of the men very well. Apart from some shared common history and the trip, the men seem to have nothing in common. That is, until, a series of unfortunate events occur on the island that will change the way they view their lives forever.

Now, I must tell you, when I read a thriller, I don’t try to guess who the villain is and nor do I try to guess where the story is going. I just read. If you are one of those more prodding readers, then you might be disappointed because the plot is quite predictable. I  did not mind it, it was fast paced and well written. And finally, when I looked the author up, I found that this book is a genre called tartan noir – so sort of like the Scottish version of nordic noir. This interested me greatly and I will be reading more of this genre for sure – i combines two of my favourite themes. I have already picked up another one of this same author’s books.

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