book: Alex Gray “Never Somewhere Else”

April 25, 2010

If you’ve read any of my book reviews you probably figured out that I tend to go for thriller, who-done-it, murder-mystery type books.  Recently I discovered Stuart MacBride’s gory Police procedural dramas based in Aberdeen and started looking for the same sort of thing based in Glasgow.  Which is how I found Alex Gray, and even without very good reviews I thought I’d give it a go.

This first book from Alex Gray sees girls being killed and their bodies left in a Glasgow park.  DCI Lorimer is introduced as a methodical, experienced detective who for the first time works along side a Psychologist and criminal profiler Dr Sol Brightman from Glasgow University.  As the murders continue attention is drawn o Glasgow Art School until eventually….

It took me a while to get into the story but towards the end it did turn into a real page turner speeding towards the conclusion.  However, I didn’t find it anything as good as Stuart MacBride, or Lee Child and other authors I’ve become addicted to.  I think this is generally because of the detail in the investigation whereas this book tended to simply let things happen from the different points of view as clues were relieved and the various protagonists reacted to new information.  This was offset somewhat by the ‘other’ character in the book – Glasgow City itself, and living and working in the areas mentioned in the book did add a certain something to the work, and I will be reading more from this author.