Today I am so thrilled to be sharing my review on its publication day for See Them Run by Marion Todd. Happy publication day Marion.
See Them Run by Marion Todd
Release Date: 31st of October
Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 292 pages
Genre: Detective Thriller
In a famous Scottish town, someone is bent on murder – but why?
On the night of a wedding celebration, one guest meets a grisly end when he’s killed in a hit-and-run. A card bearing the number ‘5’ has been placed on the victim’s chest. DI Clare Mackay, who recently moved from Glasgow to join the St Andrews force, leads the investigation. The following night another victim is struck down and a number ‘4’ card is at the scene. Clare and her team realise they’re against the clock to find a killer stalking the streets of the picturesque Scottish town and bent on carrying out three more murders.
To prevent further deaths, the police have to uncover the link between the victims. But those involved have a lot more at stake than first meets the eye. If Clare wants to solve the case she must face her own past and discover the deepest secrets of the victims – and the killer.
Don’t miss the page-turning first novel in a gripping series featuring DI Clare Mackay, perfect for fans of Alex Gray, D. S. Butler and Rachel Amphlett.
Wow what stunning debut and cracking read! I can not express enough how much I loved this book. If I had of been reading a physical copy of this book, I would of had a number of paper cuts as I couldn’t race through the pages quick enough! As it was, I kept skipping pages on my kindle in my haste to turn the page and had to slow down which was so hard to do. Marion took my hostage right from the start and did not let me go until the final word! I read this in one sitting as I had to know how it was gong to unfold and I was not disappointed. Not many books keep me up reading all night but there was no chance of me stopping with this one.
Marion has created a plot that is both compelling, original and refreshing. Set in the picturesque small sea side town of St Andrews, men of the community are being murdered and interestling a number is being left at the scene of the crime on the murder victim. Starting at 5, at first DI Clare Mackay is at a loss as to what this could mean, but when another body turns up with the calling card of the number 4 left behind, she knows then that these murders are linked and has her work cut out for her in finding out what connects these men before the killer gets to number 1. When revealed it is shocking, heartbreaking and in a turn of events, has you actually feeling sympathy for the killer.
I loved the character of DI Clare Mackay. She is a strong woman that is tough but fair and she carries the story on her shoulders well. She is not without flaws but this just adds to her appeal. She is relentless in her approach in catching the killer and she is not one to cower away, when her methods are questioned by senior staff. She takes it on the chin but she has confidence in her instincts to still solve the case no matter what. She has been brought to life through the pages perfectly and I look forward to getting to know her more in future books. Another standout for me was Chris. I loved how he and Clare worked together and I also look forward to more of him in future books. All of the other supporting characters likeable and unlikable are all very well developed and been written extremely well.
I connected to Marion’s writing right from the get go. It is eloquent, articulate and very fluent. This story has been extremely well researched in police procedures and written with so much confidence, that I was surprised when I read in Marion’s bio she has no links or background in this type of work. She has done a great job in making you believe this is the case, where some authors are unable to do so as realistically as Marion has done. Through the writing you feel that you are also in the story and the description of St Andrews, brings the town to life beautifully and one I would love to visit one day.
I have read some amazing books that are the first in a series this year, but I have to say that See Them Run is the standout for me. It is definitely in my top 5 books of the year with Marion being my breakout author of 2019. I am so looking forward to the second book in the series, In Plain Sight which is definitely one of my most anticipated books for 2020. I am thankful that I have found another extremely talent author to add to my all time favourites.
It was an absolute pleasure to be able to read and review See Them Run and I look forward to hopefully many more books in this series.
Thank-you to NetGalley, Canelo and Marion Todd for allowing me to read an advance copy of See Them Run which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
Coming February 20th 2020
In Plain Sight is the second book in the DI Clare Mackay series. Let’s see what Marion has in store for Clare in her next case.
A child’s life is at stake. Which of the residents of St Andrews is hiding something – and why?
When a baby girl is snatched from the crowd of spectators at a fun run, the local police have a major investigation on their hands. DI Clare Mackay and her team are in a race against the clock when they learn that the child has a potentially fatal medical condition.
As Clare investigates she realises this victim wasn’t selected at random. Someone knows who took the baby girl, and why. But will they reveal their secrets before it’s too late?
About Marion Todd
Marion grew up in the City of Dundee, now home to the magnificent V&A Museum. Always a keen writer, she has had point-of-view pieces published in the Dundee Courier and short stories in My Weekly magazine. She won first prize in the Family Circle Magazine Short Story for Children Competition in 1987.
More recently, Marion has turned her hand to crime fiction and was one of only six commercial fiction writers selected to pitch to an industry panel at XPONorth in Inverness in 2017. In 2018 Marion was long-listed for the Sunstory Award and the Scottish Arts Council Short Story Award. This year she was short-listed for Dundee Rep’s Stripped programme. She is represented by Northbank Talent Management.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Marion worked as a lecturer, candle-maker and hotel lounge pianist, a job which provided rich material for her novels. When she isn’t writing, Marion can be found tussling with her jungle-like garden and walking in the beautiful Scotish countryside.
Marion lives in North East Fife overlooking the River Tay and is a sometime babysitter for her daughter’s unruly but lovable dog.
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