Thunder Bay

Arcade CrimeWise. Feb. 2020. 312p. ISBN 9781950691340. $25.99. THRILLER
Reporter Rebecca Connolly jumps at the chance to cover the return of Roddie Drummond to the Scottish island of Stoirm, not just because he was accused of his girlfriend Mhairi’s murder 15 years previously, but also because the island was her father’s birthplace. He refused to speak of Stoirm and never returned after leaving as a teenager. Rebecca doesn’t find much welcome on Stoirm. How much is due to her reopening old wounds by digging into Mhairi’s death and how much is because her last name is Connolly? And what is the meaning behind Mhairi’s last words: “Thunder Bay?” Does that part of the island hold the answer to the murder? Before the end of her visit, Rebecca might wish she’d remained ignorant of the truth of both mysteries.
VERDICT Imbued with the stark beauty of Scottish island life, this atmospheric mystery pulls us into an exploration of human frailty, family loyalty, and the destructive power of secrets. For readers of Denise Mina or anyone seeking a relatable protagonist and a well-told story.

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