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by Orenda Books, 19 September 2019. ISBN: 977-1-912374-79-3 (PBO)
Docherty visits his mother in a nursing home after she has had a bad stroke. He
realises she will never fully recover, and he will have to sell her home to pay
for her keep. He visits the house and sets about clearing it out.
On searching the attic, he finds a
single shoe with what looks like a stain of dried blood. In a box among trunks
and numerous articles he comes across photographs, one of which shows John
seemingly with a brother he never knew he had.Intrigued, John is determined to
find out more. On making enquiries he finds evidence that a Thomas Docherty
aged fourteen disappeared while riding his sports bike and was never seen
again. Furthermore, he comes across proof that Thomas was indeed his unknown
brother. Why had no one ever told him he existed?
Investigating the past John
discovers that Thomas was not the only boy to disappear. Three were reported
missing, each when the same funfair was visiting their hometowns. A
A relation of a friend of John's
was one of the boys who disappeared, and they join together to try and get to
the bottom of the mystery. The further they dig into the past the more
disturbed they become. On speaking to different people with connections to
those days it becomes apparent that there was evidence of child abuse. It had
all been very hushed up. The more they discover, the more determined John is to
find out about Thomas, the brother he never knew he had. Did he die or is he
still out there somewhere? Not only that, but what happened to the other
Although beautifully and
sensitively written, this is a very moving and at times harrowing story.
Sometimes heart stoppingly thrilling and at others heart-breaking but
emotionally rewarding. I did actually enjoy it very much although it deals with
a very difficult subject. The ending at least is very satisfying, and I
recommend it at the very least for that reason.
Michael J Malone
was born and brought up in the heart of Burns' country, just a stone's throw
from the great man's cottage in Ayr. Well, a stone thrown by a catapult, maybe.
He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including
New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings. Blood Tears, his debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize (judge:Alex
Gray) from the Scottish Association of Writers and when it was published he
added a "J" to his name to differentiate it from the work of his
talented U.S. namesake. He can be found on twitter - @michaelJmalone1
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is
cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.