In Harm’s Way by Owen Mullen

Excitement and drama

My rating:  4 out of 5

Mackenzie has a drink problem, is prone to exaggerate and enjoys drama.  So when she disappears no-one is too worried.  Should they be?

This psychological thriller has an exciting opening and the book continues at a fast pace.  Themes include family relations, and assumptions of what goes on behind other people’s closed doors.  There are not too many characters in this book, so the action is easy to follow. 

Set in Glasgow, the main characters are not ones I warmed to, however I found the idea for the plot clever and somewhat disturbing.   The opening pages made me worry that this book was going to be too dark for me, but it wasn’t –  indeed it was a great read.

I loved it when DS Geddes from Mullen’s other books made a return to investigate Mackenzie’s disappearance.   Not too much about the plot in this review, as I’m not one for giving storylines away.

4*s from me as I found this an enjoyable fast read, and it got me thinking how realistic the scenarios were – which was pretty scary to think about!  

I’m a great fan of Owen Mullen’s books (read them all!), and this is an enjoyable deviation from his normal detective thrillers.  This is the first book in the Mackenzie Darroch series. The 2nd book in the series is Deadly Harm.

This is a Boldwood Books revised and re-edited version of the previous edition

Other books I have read, and reviewed, by this author (click on book cover to see review) :

The Glass Family Series Book 2
Charlie Cameron Series Book 2
Charlie Cameron Series Book 1
The Glass Family Series Book 1
Mackenzie Darrock Series Book 2

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