A Good Thriller: “Birthdays for the Dead” By Stuart McBride
Stuart MacBride is a British author who have reached the fame through writing several bestselling novels featuring DS Logan McRae. The McRae novels have won him the CWA’s Dagger in the Library, the Barry Award for Best Debut Novel, and Best Breakthrough Author at the ITV3 crime thriller awards. Birthdays for the Dead is his latest work being released in the U.S. and it doesn’t belong to McRae series.
A Brief Summary:
Detective Constable Ash Henderson has a dark secret…
Five years ago his daughter, Rebecca, went missing on the eve of her thirteenth birthday. A year later the first card arrived: homemade, with a Polaroid picture stuck to the front – Rebecca, strapped to a chair, gagged and terrified. Every year another card: each one worse than the last.
The tabloids call him ‘The Birthday Boy’. He’s been snatching girls for twelve years, always in the run-up to their thirteenth birthday, sending the families his homemade cards showing their daughters being slowly tortured to death.
But Ash hasn’t told anyone about Rebecca’s birthday cards – they all think she’s just run away from home – because if anyone finds out, he’ll be taken off the investigation. And he’s sacrificed too much to give up before his daughter’s killer gets what he deserves…
McBride does it again…a enjoying fast paced thriller with a touch of noir.
If you like police procedurals with a touch of noir, you will enjoy this book. In a way, we felt like we are in a movie: The dialogue is informal and creative, the characters are interesting and the cinematic scenes move fast.
The book doesn’t have literary sophistication is that’s what you are looking for, but like novels by James Patterson, the book reads fast and can be finished in one sitting.
Our Rating: 3.9
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