Monday, 17 December 2012
Birthdays for the Dead - Stuart MacBride
BB is a serial killer. He snatches young girls coming up to 13, tortures them for a while, and then kills them on their birthday. Every year thereafter he sends a birthday card to the family - homemade, with a photo of their daughter in progressive stages of dying. But is his target the kid or her parents? This is the question posed by Dr Alice Macdonald, the young OCD forensic psychologist brought in to refresh the investigation.
The reason the investigation needs refreshing is that the next victim will be BB's thirteenth thirteen year-old, which has to be significant, right?
To say more would be to risk giving the game away. Suffice it to say, Ash finds himself on a mission, a race against time. The pace is unrelenting, the characters richly drawn with deep back-stories, and the plot twists just keep on coming. The final twist is simply stunning.
A superb example of the genre. MacBride is surely the next big thing in British crime writing.