My review of The Birdwatcher by William Shaw

For those who know me, am a huge fan of Birdwatching and one of my favourite book genres is crime fictions, so when I saw this book, for me it was like a match made in heaven and I couldn’t wait to read a copy – and I wasn’t disappointed…

“Police Sergeant William South has a reason for not wanting to be on the murder investigation…. He is a murderer himself.

But the victim was his only friend; like him, a passionate birdwatcher. South is warily partnered with the strong-willed Detective Sergeant Alexandra Cupidi, newly recruited to the Kent coast from London. Together they find the body, violently beaten, forced inside a wooden chest. Only rage could kill a man like this. South knows it.

But soon – too soon – they find a suspect: Donnie Fraser, a drifter from Northern Ireland. His presence in Kent disturbs William – because he knew him as a boy. If the past is catching up with him, South wants to meet it head on. For even as he desperately investigates the connections, he knows there is no crime, however duplicitous or cruel, that can compare to the great lie of his childhood.

Moving from the storm-lashed, bird-wheeling skies of the Kent Coast to the wordless war of the Troubles, The Birdwatcher is a crime novel of suspense, intelligence and powerful humanity about fathers and sons, grief and guilt and facing the darkness within.”

For me this book had just the right amount of suspense and the build up was great. I really enjoyed the nature aspects of the book too and the writing style which drew you in slowly.  Its one of those books that runs the past and present stories in alternate chapters so its growing in two areas- and what was mentioned was highly realistic.  This was the first book I have read by William Shaw and he’s definitely one I’m adding to my favourite authors list – 5 stars for this book from me, I really enjoyed it