Song of the Dead, Douglas Lindsay

Song of the Dead by Douglas Lindsay is a crime fiction novel that is the first installment of the DI Westphall series. It follows DI Westphall as he investigates a strange case. What happens when a man who died 12 years ago walks into a police station in Estonia? As the case unravels DI Westphall begins to realize the amount of secrets that led to this mysterious case.

The book is set in the Scottish Highlands and features scenes in various places around Scotland and in Estonia. I enjoy reading books that are set in Scotland as I often feel I can relate to them more being Scottish myself.

The idea of someone who was declared dead 12 years prior walks into an Estonian police station with only half his organs seems unbelievable but Douglas Lindsay writes it in such a way that it is completely plausible. The book is structured well with fairly short chapters which I prefer to huge long sections!

I enjoyed this book and I would like to read the next one. I felt the characters were likable and the main Character being realistic. DI Westphall seems to live in the land of the living and the dead but this seems normal for him. He used to work for the Secret Service but due to a fear of flying he decided to leave and work as a DI in Scotland. I ofund this fear to be a good part of the character as often in crime novels the policeman is portrayed to be this intelligent, brave man that is scared of nothing. This help to make him seem more human and real.

The book makes you think about possible connections and outcomes of the case alongside DI Westphall and I believe that this therefore engages you in the book. You want to read on and find out exactly what happened all those years ago. I found the book quite atmospheric even although it is a crime fiction novel.

There is a good balance between the investigation and the characters which I really enjoyed as I could learn more about the case whilst becoming invested in the characters themselves.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book especially if you enjoy reading crime fiction. It is gripping and immersive and keeps you reading till you have finished the book. I am definatly putting the secong installment on my ‘To Be Read’ list!

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please feel free to comment if you have ever read this book or have any other crime fiction recommendations)

BOOK HAUL

For my Christmas I was lucky enough to be gifted a book gift card and I went and spent it on a few new books!

Both The Power by Naomi Alderman and The Melody by Jim Crace were on my most recent to read list and due to this I had to purchase them!

The Power is a science fiction novel that was written by Naomi Alderman and released in 2016. It won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2017. It is a book that centres around gender and how when woman start to have powers such as producing electricity from their fingers they become the dominant gender. This is Naomi Aldermans fourth novel

The Melody by Jim Crace is psychological fiction that was released in 2018. It is centred around Alfred Busi who is famed in his town for his music. He is mourning the loss of his wife and one night he is attacked by a creature he disturbs. He believes it was an ‘innocent and wild’ child and these thoughts spark flames of an old rumour – of an ancient race of people living in the bosk surrounding the town.

Song of the Dead was written by Douglas Lindsay and was published in 2016. It is the first in the DI Westphall novel and it follows him as he investigates the case of John Baden. A dead man who walks into a police station who tells a story of kidnapping and organ harvesting. I am excited to read this as I love a police series!

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS Please comment if you have ever read these books !)