Review published on November 4, 2017.
There was a really good dramatisation of the subject of this book last year called ‘In Plain Sight’. I’d also seen true crime documentaries with factual accounts of the events. I was therefore intrigued to see how a book would tackle the subject. It does so using the underbelly of Glasgow as it’s setting. The book left me with vivid images of the deprived city at that time, as well as the villains, thugs, police and normal people with opposing religious views. There is a real undercurrent of evil throughout the book from start to finish. It is a fascinating way to tell a horrific tale and although uncomfortable and tragic for all the families’ loss, it shows the monster for what he is.
Mark Abrahamson 5/2
The Long Drop by Denise Mina
Harvill Secker 9781911215233 hbk Mar 2017