The Killing Bay by Chris Ould
Published by Titan Books
Published 21 February 2017
I was given a copy by the publisher and voluntarily reviewed it.
WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT
When a group of activists arrive on the Faroe Islands to stop the traditional whale hunts, tensions between islanders and protestors run high. And when a woman is found murdered, circumstances seem designed to increase animosity. To English DI Jan Reyna and local detective Hjalti Hentze, it becomes increasingly clear that evidence is being hidden from them, and neither knows who to trust, or how far some people might go to defend their beliefs.
HE WORKED ON HIS KNEES NOW, AS IF PRAYING.
WHAT I THOUGHT
I enjoyed The Killing Bay a little less than its predecessor, The Blood Strand. I really like the setting. Faroe is brought to vivid, memorable life. Faroe reminds me a lot of the setting for Camilla Lackberg’s novels. I really liked the characters. They were well-written, interesting and in some ways mysterious. The plot has some good elements. A lot happens and questions are left unanswered. I felt the novel is bit bogged down in the middle and could have done with some chapters being cut that seemed like fodder and didn’t drive events. The novel is so enjoyable that this wasn’t as much as an issue as it could have been. I love the setting and the intriguing characters. I look forward to the trilogy’s conclusion. What I like about The Killing Bay and The Blood Strand is that despite the often grim subject matter neither book gets too dark or depressing and there is a lot of fun to be had reading both books. The Killing Bay is well worth a read if you want something different from the usual blood and guts crime novels with interchangeable urban settings.