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Friday 15 December 2023

WATER'S EDGE


Water's Edge by G R Jordan
Book 1 in the Highlands & Islands Detective series
Narrated by John McNab
Genre: crime fiction
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook


A body discovered by the rocks. A broken detective returns to a scene of past tragedy. Will the pain of the past prevent him from seeing the present?

Detective Inspector Macleod returns to his island home twenty years after the painful loss of his wife. With a disposition forged in strong religious conservatism, he must bond with his new partner, the free spirited and upcoming female star of the force, to seek the killer of a young woman and shine a light on the evil beneath the surface. To do so, he must once again stand in the place where he lost everything. Only at the water’s edge, will everything be made new.

The rising tide brings all things to the surface.
Source: Info in the "About Water's Edge" was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48927111-water-s-edge on 31/10/2023.


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My Thoughts:
This is my first G R Jordan read and I would probably continue reading this author... Probably. I want to know how Macleod and McGrath's relationship would develop, but I am not sure I have the patience to read through any more books in this series. We'll see...

I presume that DI Macleod is near retiring because his views is hopelessly outdated. I first imagined him as a tall, well sculptured bloke only to read later on that he is shorter than Hope. Well, that was a bit of a downer!

I chapter 21, Hope was having difficulty coping with McKinney letting go of the life preserver ring and essentially committing suicide by drowning and that she saw him smiling before he let go. Then Macleod confessing, back at the station, that his wife "smiled too". Well, I understood them smiling...

This is my first John McNab audiobook and I would listen to him again.


Quantitative Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 3.5
Character development = 4
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 4
Ending = 4
World building = 4
Cover art = 3.5
Pace = (6 hrs and 12 mins listening time)
Plot = 4
Narration = 4.5


Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries


Books In The Highlands & Islands Detective Series:
Book 1: WATER'S EDGE Book 2: THE BOTHY Book 3: THE HORROR WEEKEND Book 4: THE SMALL FERRY Book 5: DEAD AT THIRD MAN Book 6: THE PIRATE CLUB Book 7: A PERSONAL AGENDA Book 8: A JUST PUNISHMENT Book 9: THE NUMEROUS DEATHS OF SANTA CLAUS Book 10: OUR GATED COMMUNITY Book 11: THE SATCHEL Book 12: CULHWCH ALPHA Book 13: FAIR MARKET VALUE Book 14: THE COACH BOMBER Book 15: THE CULLING AT SINGING SANDS Book 16: WHERE JUSTICE FAILS Book 17: THE CORTADO CLUB Book 18: CLEARED TO DIE Book 19: MAN OVERBOARD Book 20: ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR Book 21: ROGUES GALLERY Book 22: THE DEATH OF MCLEOD Book 23: A COMMON MAN Book 24: A SWEEPING DARKNESS Book 25: DORMIE 5 Book 26: THE FIRST MINISTER Book 27: THE GUILTY PARTIES Book 28: VENGEANCE IS MINE Book 29: WINTER SLAY BELLS


 
Meet The Author

About G R Jordan:
GR Jordan is a self-published author who finally decided at forty that in order to have an enjoyable lifestyle, his creative beast within would have to be unleashed. His books mirror that conflict in life where acts of decency contend with self-promotion, goodness stares in horror at evil and kindness blind-sides us when we are at our worst. Corrupting our world with his parade of wondrous and horrific characters, he highlights everyday tensions with fresh eyes whilst taking his methodical, intelligent mainstays on a roller-coaster ride of dilemmas, all the while suffering the banter of their provocative sidekicks.

A graduate of Loughborough University where he masqueraded as a chemical engineer but ultimately played American football, GR Jordan worked at changing the shape of cereal flakes and pulled a pallet truck for a living. Watching vegetables freeze at -40'C was another career highlight and he was also one of the Scottish Highlands' "blind" air traffic controllers. Having flirted with most places in the UK, he is now based in the Isle of Lewis in Scotland where his free time is spent between raising a young family with his wife, writing, figuring out how to work a loom and caring for a small flock of chickens. Luckily his writing is influenced by his varied work and life experience as the chickens have not been the poetical inspiration he had hoped for!


The Narrator

About John McNab:
Audiobook narrator / voice-over artist



FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook were bought with private funds.
No money received for this review.

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