This is a crime thriller novel set in Edinburgh, Scotland and the main character is Detective Sergeant Lachlan ‘Leccy’ Carter. As with all good detectives, his personal life is flawed and complicated. His wife Kelsa has died, not long after giving birth to their son Nathaniel.
Meanwhile, a woman has been found close to death, but was her descent from a bridge a murder attempt or an attempted suicide? When Leccy begins receiving messages on his phone, the plot thickens. The messages are a special high-tech kind that can’t be replied to and disappear at the sender’s command.
This all leads up to a complex case which keeps the novel moving at a fast pace along its 457 pages. I enjoyed the story, although it became a bit confusing at times, but it was all well concluded by the end.
The characters were well written too and for being a male author, he writes female characters very well. One slight annoyance – and one I find with many male authors – is that when the characters were moving round, we are told too-precise directions. I understand the author wants you to know he understands the locality, but personally I’m happy just being told they got from A to B without all the twiddly details in the middle.
Overall though, A Wife Worth Dying For is an interesting novel and the story will have you turning pages into the dark hours.
8 out of 10
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