Detective Chief Inspector Ryan retreats to Holy Island seeking sanctuary when he is forced to take sabbatical leave from his duties as a murder detective. A few days before Christmas, his peace is shattered and he is thrust back into the murky world of murder when a young woman is found dead amongst the ancient ruins of the nearby Priory.
I’ll be honest, I started reading this book because the image caught my attention. I am familiar with the Northumbrian island of Lindisfarne, or Holy Island, having visited with my wife a number of times.
LJ Ross writes in quick prose and easy dialogue which rips you through the story nicely. Holy Island is tidal island cutting it off from the mainland everyday, so the killer is right there next to you and everyone is a suspect. The setting is well detailed and the background and history of the island informs upon the plot.
I’m about two-thirds of the way through, and still suspect everyone!
So if you have already read Holy Island, don’t tell me who did do it!
And if you haven’t read L.J. Ross’ Holy Island, buy it right now!
(Update – 20th Jan. I did catch on to who the killer was before the end, but I didn’t expect the twist at the end – well half of it, anyway! As I said in the last sentence – if you haven’t read any L.J. Ross yet, what are you waiting for?!)