Part spy thriller, part detective novel, part family drama and part coming of age story ‘Orkney Twilight’ is a beautifully written evocative novel set in London and Scotland in the early 1980s. It features undercover policeman Jim who is struggling with alcohol addiction and a failed marriage and his bright and rebellious daughter Sam who is about to go away to Oxford. Together they and Sam’s friend trainee journalist Tom travel to Orkney at midsummer and while Sam and Tom attempt to find out what Jim is up to Sam becomes convinced that she is being followed. Sam soon becomes mixed up in a dark and shadowy world and tragedy is only ever a wrong turn away. Full of references to Norse mythology and the gorgeous twilight of an Orkney summer, perfect for fans of Erin Kelly, Ann Cleves and Peter May.
This review originally appeared at lovereading.co.uk