I loved it.. Anna is a great, original character, the plot fairly whizzes along and Karen Campbell has a great way with images. I look forward to the next one.
Gritty as all hell, shot through with black humour and with enough pace and atmosphere to give the likes of Denise Mina a run for their money. All this and the chutzpah to create a seedy and unpleasant superintendent named Rankin!
powered by stiletto-sharp prose... a pertinent expose of the contamination seeping into lives from prostitution and a drugs economy ruled by money-laundering thugs... also vividly illustrates the physical and emotional damage caused to police officers by the vile reality of their work.
I don't remember the last time that I read a police novel which made me feel that I was spying on that world so much. As a bonus, Campbell happens to be a very talented, natural storyteller.
Raw, real and so evocative you can almost hear the screams. Bang those drums and get the word out - there's a new writer on the Scottish crime scene and if this debut is a true reflection of her talent then she's going to be huge.
Campbell's debut is a rare example of a crime novel which, in the energy of the writing and finely observed detail, transcends genre limitations
I couldn't stop reading. The slow-burn investigation and the car-crash relationships were absolutely compelling... I loved it.