Sorrow Bound is a gritty crime novel. Set in Hull, Yorkshire, this is the third in the series featuring Detective Sergeant Aector McAvroy, a huge man with red hair and a face that people trust. The detective's appearance and personality contrast with the depravity and violence he often faces in his work.
The characters are vivid and their circumstances are penned with care and certainty, even if, in some cases, I would rather not be privy to those circumstances. The murders are violent and twisted and the back story is violent and twisted.
Although the book held my interest, my final thoughts are that the tendency to create more violent and graphic murders for serial killers becomes formulaic. D.S. McAvoy's personality and appearance set him apart, but strangely, he doesn't come across as clearly as some of the other characters.
The main plot is tied up by the end of the novel, but a subplot, a very important subplot for D.S. McAvoy, is a cliffhanger. I haven't read the first two novels in this series, but I don't really feel that this series suits me.
read in February; review scheduled for May
NetGalley/Penguin Group/Blue Rider Press
crime/police procedural. July 3, 2014. Print version: 352 pages.