Book Review: Orkney Twilight – Clare Carson

All families have secrets.
But some have more secrets than others.

Jim is a brilliant raconteur whose stories get taller with each glass of whisky. His daughter Sam thinks it’s time she found out the truth about her dad.

On holiday in Orkney, Sam spies on Jim as he travels across the island. What has he hidden in the abandoned watchtower? Who is he meeting in the stone circle at dusk? And why is he suddenly obsessed with Norse myths?

As Sam is drawn into Jim’s shadowy world, she begins to realise that pursuing the truth is not as simple as it seems…

Set against the harsh beauty of the remote Scottish islands of Orkney, inspired by the author’s own childhood, this is a gripping first novel from an astonishing new talent.

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Although I slightly struggled to get going with this book – the author’s writing style is unique and very good, but it took me a little while to get accustomed to it – I quickly became absorbed into this well planned and executed plot. 

There is in incredible amount of content embedded in Orkney Twilight. From Sam’s relationship with her father (undercover policeman Jim) to Norse myths and underlying political issues. 

I thought the beginning of this book was rather slow-paced, but as soon as Sam and Jim arrive in Orkney, the plot starts to form and from then on there was no way I could put this thriller down. I loved that I could never truly pinpoint where this book was going. Was Sam in danger? Will she find out what Jim is/was really up to? 

Orkney Twilight is a brilliant debut thriller by an author who is definitely one to be watched. I will be keenly looking out for her next book. 

Thank you very much to the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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