The Killing Tide by LIn Anderson

The Killing Tide is book sixteen in this series featuring forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod. In Glasgow, the badly burned body of a young woman has been found in the backyard of a tenement building. During a severe storm, a ‘ghost’ ship has run aground off the Orkney coast, and the shocking discovery of three bodies onboard sets in motion an investigation that will uncover a far-reaching conspiracy. What links them is a company called Go Wild that caters for the whims of the rich and powerful, and will go to any lengths to protect its wealthy clients.

I have been reading this series since the beginning, and what makes it so special is the cast of familiar characters who by now feel like old friends. While you could easily read The Killing Tide as a standalone, you would gain so much more from reading the books in order and finding out what makes these characters tick. The settings are important and range from the wonderfully atmospheric descriptions of the Orkney Islands, via the streets around Glasgow University where Rhona works that are so familiar to me, to cosmopolitan London where DS McNab does not get a warm welcome.

The Killing Tide is a fast-paced and tense thriller that shines a light on some very dark places. It is well written with a wonderful cast of characters who will leave a lasting impression. I look forward to reading Lin Anderson’s next book which I believe is a standalone – The Party House – and hope that there will be another Rhona MacLeod adventure before too long. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley for a digital copy to review.