Fallen Angel

by Chris Brookmyre
Fallen Angel
by Chris Brookmyre

I hadn't read anything by this author before, and while his name was familiar, I didn't know what to expect.

It was therefore a pleasant surprise to find a gripping, all-engrossing thriller where I was completely committed to the characters and setting.

A family returns to their holiday home years after a tragic event which changed their lives for ever. We learn the details little by little through different voices and in the past and present events.

It's an intriguing, well drawn drama which would have been just as compelling as an account of a dysfunctional family, even without the mysterious death. Though, of course, the all-pervading impact of such an event is explored through the story.

Layers upon layers of secrets and lies are unpeeled as the story progresses, with various twists and turns, leaving the reader guessing at every point.

It's a great read, and I look forward to reading more from this author!

Review date: April 2019