Captivating, heart-pumping & brilliant!
Gosh, I had not yet come down from the "A Man With One Of Those Faces" high, when my favorite author, Caimh McDonnell, brought out yet another gripping and mind-blowing novel for me to read.
As surprising as the request to read and review the ARC of The Day That Never Comes was, this plot brought me so much joy!
Caimh's writing nearly tipped me over the edge of my seat because Bunny McGarry was missing until 70% of the book and I kept wondering if the book would fall flat this close to the ending. IT DID NOT! If anyone ever needs references on how to liven up a story at when there's only 30% left, Caimh's your man! Get inspired!
Backstories of Bunny's life were like a bone stuck in my throat which I couldn't swallow neither could I throw it out. Caimh, you do know how to torture poor readers like us. But, let me say-the torture was worth everything. I went through it all to know where the story was going....and I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT.
What I love about Caimh's stories is that they come to a full circle in the end. As a reader, I have high moments of conflict and agitation because I just have to read a few more pages to come closer to the truth even when my eyes are closing on their own accord. This only happens when the writing as well as the plot are f-ing good~!
I loved the fact how Bunny McGarry was the focus in The Day That Never Comes. We knew a fair share about Brigit and Paul from A Man With One Of Those Faces and it was so refreshing to read how wisely Caimh didn't divulge in too much of their details. However, Bunny being a prime focus (who has gone missing) in this book along with the other social f-ups and sub-plots happening around Brigit and Paul make The Day That Never Comes a truly interesting read.
Caimh hasn't just thrown in the sub-plots. They're cleverly placed and overlap the present events in pure magnificence. I can't even begin to imagine how Caimh must've aligned the sub-plots and tied them together for "all great things," but it worked. I couldn't figure the suspense out while I was reading. Now when I take a step back and retrace my steps, I can see the whole picture. Wow! Very clever of Caimh!
There were so many ways in which this plot could've been ruined by a simple slip, but thank God, it didn't.
Humor plays a huge part in The Day That Never Comes and I adored Maggie. Who wouldn't? Maggie was a brilliant addition to the plot. It just shows what a great observer Caimh is and how the canine was not an arm candy. Maggie had PERSONALITY!!! I want a SASSY DOG too!
Paul's sarcasm was his best in this book and I have no words left for dear Phil. There were moments I couldn't decide whether I should shake Phil's hand or grab him by his throat. He was seriously entertaining! Brigit did a great job and Bunny's dry humor throughout the book was worth every second.
With the reeling sub-plots and Maggie on my mind, I'm still wondering - "How does he do it?"
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There is not one mystery that Detective Karen Pirie is trying to solve.
Talk about women, and multi-tasking (wholehearted pun intended)!
I'm sure if you're an avid reader of Val McDermid's precious works, Detective Karen Pirie must not be new. To me, she was and nothing like any other detectives I've known before. I sincerely appreciated her sharpness, quick wit and the way she jumped the gun on countless occasions. If you've not been introduced to Detective Karen Pirie, here is your golden chance. I'm not just stopping here because I surely would be reading more to get a glimpse into her life. Nosy me, I know! But, that's how I've become a reader/reviewer.
I'll leave Detective Karen Pirie alone for now and focus my attention back on the plot.
My God! Out of Bounds left me speechless and kept me guessing! I loved the chase and thrill that accompanies reading such novels and lately, I had found some really lazy ones.
Here, Detective Karen Pirie is trying to solve two historic murder cases and one fresh case. Yet, nothing was messy about the writing. Everything was crisp and clear. The way Val McDermid's writing carefully faded in and out of these three cases was spectacular. It's not an easy feat to achieve this kind of skill. It displays the author's keen sense to detail and not making the reader have a whiplash by changing scenes abruptly.
Out of Bounds was a treat for the senses.
Although the book is not fast paced, it is paced well enough to keep the reader on its toes. I admired Val McDermid's red herrings and intelligent plot line. The clues were not shoved into the plot; they were carefully placed and now when I'm retracing my steps, I keep wondering "How did I miss that?"
That is why Out of Bounds deserves a standing ovation and Val McDermid to become one of my favorite crime/mystery/thriller authors.
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