Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery.
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Publisher: Black Swan Publishing
Set in Edinburgh during the height of the Edinburgh Festival, this is a mystery where various characters are intertwined and nested together in a complex and entertaining way. It begins with a road-rage incident that is witnessed in the Cow Gate (a bustling part of the city) by many people. The narrative spirals outwards from there in an elegant and compelling way. Kate Atkinson has managed to capture the vibe and energy of the Edinburgh Festival and the city of Edinburgh in this book, which I really enjoyed. Reading it I was transported back to one of my favourite cities. She is a talented and funny writer, who is able to weave dry humour into her books making them really entertaining. The story itself rockets along at a fast pace, keeping you pinned to your seat. I have also read and reviewed Not the End of the World on this blog, a collection of short stories set in Edinburgh which were also great – sweeping and epic in scope. I heartily recommend this book for a diverting and fun ride into Edinburgh’s seedy underbelly and equally seedy middle class. It’s amazing and really funny!