Those We Left Behind
Those We Left Behind by Stuart Neville
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Seven years ago, Ciaran Devine killed his foster father. It must be true because he confessed to DCI Serena Flanagan. Ciaran is now out of prison and back under the influence of his older brother, Thomas. Flanagan never believed it was Ciaran who killed Mr Rolston and nor did his son, Daniel. How will Ciaran and Thomas react now that they are back on the streets and who really did kill Mr Rolston? It is up to Flanagan to find out the truth before it’s too late for all of them.

I am a fan of crime thrillers and this is definitely aquarely in the middle of that genre. To be honest, I found it squarely in the middle of a lot of things. It was fairly interesting to read but didn’t totally grab my attention. The characters were perfectly well written but I didn’t find myself particularly involved with them or even particularly caring about them. There’s a perfectly well written story but it is also perfectly obvious what is going to happen from start to finish and also, to be honest, perfectly obvious who did it from the very beginning.

All in all, I would say this book is well written but it doesn’t have any hidden depths. An easy read without much to think about; perfect to take away on holiday, read on the journey and leave behind for the next person to read.

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