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Glasgow is being terrorised by a serial killer the media have nicknamed The Cutter. The murders have left the police baffled. There seems to be neither rhyme nor reason behind the killings; no kind of pattern or motive; an entirely different method of murder each time, and nothing that connects the victims except for the fact that the little fingers of their right hands haGlasgow is being terrorised by a serial killer the media have nicknamed The Cutter. The murders have left the police baffled. There seems to be neither rhyme nor reason behind the killings; no kind of pattern or motive; an entirely different method of murder each time, and nothing that connects the victims except for the fact that the little fingers of their right hands have been severed. If DS Rachel Narey could only work out the key to the seemingly random murders, how and why the killer selects his victims, she would be well on her way to catching him. But as the police, the press and a threatening figure from Glasgow's underworld begin to close in on The Cutter, his carefully-laid plans threaten to unravel - with horrifying consequences....

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  • Linda Strong
    2018-11-15 13:23

    I can honestly say this was the first time I felt such sadness for a serial killer. The entire book is written from his point of view ... what's he doing, why he's doing it. There are no forensics to speak of and the police take a long step back, away from all the action.He chooses victims at random .. the 3rd person who passes him on the street..... pulls a business card out of the bowl at the bar .... picks up the phone directory and chooses a name, any name will do. Then he stalks them, sometimes for weeks, sometimes longer.He chooses various ways to kill, but always cuts off the pinkie finger to ensure the police know it's his work. One of the human failings ... he eventually wants his 15 minute of fame.Mistakes are made along the way. One of his victims worked for a major drug dealer and now the police aren't the only ones looking for him.The book is well-written. The characters come to life under the author's nimble fingers. There were a couple of twists that I absolutely did not see coming. I think I've found another favorite author.

  • Karen
    2018-12-15 10:00

    One of the things that I really like about reading review books is that I constantly find absolutes in my reading tastes aren't. Ask me about serial killer books before reading RANDOM and I would have categorically stated been there, over it. Add being inside the serial killer's head for the entire of the book and I'd have put my hand on my heart and said it's all too tedious. Then I read RANDOM and found myself really hooked on the internal monologue of a serial killer.Based in Glasgow, RANDOM, on one level is your typical serial killer book. Unconnected victim's, strange signature from the killer, police are baffled. This time the killer isn't using a signature methodology, and there doesn't seem to be any rhyme nor reason to the killings. Whilst there is a police investigation and DS Rachel Narey is struggling against pressure from police hierarchy and the shenanigans that go on at that level when the media are finally alerted (by our killer) to the connections, this isn't really a story of the pursuit of a killer. Where RANDOM starts to vary is that our serial killer in this book is undoubtedly vicious and driven and quite quite odd - but he's also flawed and not mad, and strangely not totally bad. He's also made a big mistake with the selection of one of his victims which makes his life very very complicated and the police pursuit the least of his problems. Told from the point of view of the killer, his true identity is slowly revealed, as are the methods he is using to select his victims, the way that he kills his victims, and even more slowly, his reasons.RANDOM really was a book that I simply wasn't expecting, especially after reading the blurb with that slow sinking feeling. But being a review book, you have to press on and I am really really glad I did. It seems a very odd thing to be saying about a serial killer book, but I enjoyed this book. RANDOM is undoubtedly manipulative, the reader is pulled into this killer's mind and into his life in a way that was subtle and clever. Balancing the way that this man selects his victims, the way that he is so ruthless in his decisions on who to kill and who not to, against a home life that is not your typical abusive, weird family relationship, but something more touching, sad, heart-breaking; and I did find myself in a really odd place - feeling sympathy for a serial killer.There's a final twist in the tail of this book which on one level I knew was probably coming, but I didn't quite expect the way it played out. And it was affecting, and challenging and sad and right and wrong all at the same time. RANDOM was a real reading revelation for me. Flagged as a thriller it is a pacy, tense and disturbing book. It's also a reflective, moving and quite emotional book. Perhaps if you're a reader who holds their preference for no more serial killers under any circumstances closer to their core than I do, this might not be the book for you. For me, it was one of those books that took all my reading assumptions, pitched them out a window and ran over them with a bus just to make sure they were well dead and buried.

  • Nick Clarke
    2018-11-14 11:19

    Fabulously written,straight into the action from page 1,you almost think to yourself that you cant wait for the next murder,its that compelling a story.Utter genious.

  • Gerard Oconnell
    2018-11-23 09:17

    Enjoyed this book,my first from this writer but it will not be my last.

  • Rebecca Bradley
    2018-12-14 16:26

    This novel is told from the point of view of “The Cutter”. It’s the second novel this year that I’ve read where the novel is narrated from the point of view of the serial killer and it’s the second novel this year that I’ve loved that about it.You’re thrown straight into his mind as the novel starts and it’s a dark and focused place.The title of the novel comes from the fact that the way he murders his victims is always random, never the same way twice and Robertson is quite inventive when choosing modes of murder for his victims! I particularly liked his first one and was interested to find out during BritCrime at the weekend that it had been used as a real way to murder someone.But don’t be fooled by the random but inventive deaths. This is no killer on a spree, this is a great story of a man unravelling. It also has a whole other twisted story wrapped around in it and at the end you are left in awe at how Robertson pulled all the threads together. Like I say; not just a spree killer novel.Glasgow also plays a great role in Random. You can see and hear the sights and sounds of the city as our killer moves about within it.Random was Robertson’s debut. I now can’t wait to read his other books. This is one I’d definitely recommend.

  • Sharon
    2018-12-07 14:25

    A serial killer is terrorising the streets of Glasgow leaving the police baffled, there seems to be no rhyme nor reason to the killings.This book is told from the killers perspective so from the outset you know who he is but not why. A dark and brutal tale of a man driven to the depths of despair.Fantastic debut from Craig Robertson and I'm looking forward to reading more from him

  • Thebooktrail
    2018-11-17 14:25

    Booktrail of the Glasgow locations - Random BooktrailThis side of Glasgow won’t be on any tourist trail or website but it shows the underbelly of a city terrorised by a serial killer who narrates the whole story….The CutterThe name leaves little doubt as to the MO of the serial killer stalking the streets of Glasgow. The police have no suspects or motives as the pattern and methods with each murder changes each time. Nothing and no one seems to link each case. Well, there is one thing – each victim has had their little finger of their right hand cut off.DS Rachel Narey is the one tasked with investigating the murders, but the closer the police get, the more likely it is that his plans will unravel and spill completely out of control.And that doesn’t bear thinking aboutThis side of Glasgow won’t be on any tourist map any time soon but then this is what makes it so captivating. Some places you only want to read about in books but its the most chilling view of the city we’ve ever seen.The story narrated by the killer himself and Glasgow is shaking with fear. Who is stalking their streets and why? The killer gives many interesting view of his Glasgow when stalking his victims. Talking of Jonathon:I’d followed him. To the Corinthian or from it. From his office to Tiger Tiger. From Glassford Street to the Clyde at Scotstoun.Glasgow may not know but the reader does from the first few pages. This is the journey of the killer, through his eyes, in his city, on his patch. This man is hunted and with good reason but from both sides – the police and the underworld. And its not the later who he can expect to get the best treatment from.Glasgow seems a much smaller city at nightThe Glasgow underworld are depicted in full graphic detail. Violent and brutal but then the wry comedy emerges –Nobody in Glasgow was scared of a bit of organised criminal bloodshedEven the dialect gets in on the act – mirroring the hard faced, graphic, remote, grey and desolate nature of the city itself –Every one deid is one less bampot on the streetsHowever, as is very true in Scotland, the moments of comedy can always be overheard in the back of a taxi.With the main character as a serial killer who goes around Glasgow convinced that what he is doing is right and that it needs to be done, this is a crime novel with a difference. His life is a lonely one, full of regrets and he has this urgent matter to take care of, and that is what he is doing now. More importantly he wants others to know about what he is doing and why – the why being the most important of them all as he wants police and others to know that he’s not just doing this for kicks – no this means something.How did he get like this and why? What will happen now? Where was the justice system when it was needed? Interesting arguments which I enjoyed getting to grips with.And Glasgow just has to be the city of choice – its image, style, gallus nature mirrors that of the serial killer. Gallus is a great Scottish word meaning reckless, bold, fearless, cocky….and this is the setting of the novel and its crimes.The underbelly of the city is vividly and graphically evoked. For me the challenge was to see who I was going to side with – the serial killer or the victims and there’s a sentence I never thought I’d say.

  • Sandy
    2018-11-19 11:08

    If you've read the blurb above you know the main plot of this book. A serial killer is loose in Glasgow & the frustration felt by the police is matched only by the public's fear as seemingly random victims are chosen for a gruesome demise.But this is a book of surprises. First, the story is narrated by the killer. The reader is plunked down into his head so we are privy to his thoughts. Slowly we learn how personal tragedy transformed him from a happy family man to one who no longer feels joy or empathy. Grief has given him one goal...someone must pay.The style of writing is another surprise. The prose is terse & blunt in places, caustic & darkly funny in others. We follow his stream of consciousness as it files through his head & even begin to understand his logic. Scary thought. He's smart meticulous & patient as the bodies pile up over a period of a couple of years. The police are completely stumped. One of them, DS Rachel Nary, comes closer than most. Despite the notes on the book jacket, her part is a small one & we don't follow her around as in a typical police procedural. The narrative is always in his voice. But we do watch the killer watching her & although she'll never know it, she plays a pivotal role in his final decision.He makes one mistake that threatens to derail his plans. One of his victims was a bagman for Glashow's biggest mobster & he's not taking it well. He sees it as a personal insult & joins the cops in the hunt for the "Cutter", unaware they've already met. This results in a gang war that plays out while the killer continues working on his (who)to-do list.The city itself is as much of a character as any of the cast. Glasgow is described as having two faces. The bright urban bustle & quiet neighbourhoods of law abiding citizens coexist with a gritty & prosperous criminal community (with some blurry areas around the edges).Because of how it's written, you feel like you're riding shotgun with the killer as an invisible passenger. But the author holds back some crucial tidbits 'til the end which I can honestly say I never saw coming. Suddenly you realize innocent or throw away comments were actually big red flags. It made me sit up & stop reading for a moment to reconsider everything in this new light & admire how cleverly it was done.This belongs to the Tartan Noir genre that's gaining popularity but not for everyone. It doesn't follow the standard format of a police procedural. It's more of a character study of the killer with the cops playing a very minor almost anonymous role. I really enjoyed this author's style & will definitely check out his next book.

  • Rowena Hoseason
    2018-12-03 09:58

    This is a tightly-woven thriller which escapes the usual humdrum feeling of Brit crime lit. At first it appears to be a fairly standard 'serial killer does bad stuff' with some ingenious methods for his murders. But then the plot opens out and the killer becomes a rather more sympathetic character, as he gets unwillingly involved in the Glaswegian underworld.Initially I was a little concerned about the 'hoots mon' aspects of the text; I have found some books which contain big chunks of local dialect to be a bore or occasionally indecipherable. But that really wasn't the case with 'Random'; instead the author constructed an authentic-sounding narrative, sprinkled with the gallus grey, hard-faced nature of the city in all its bleakness. There are some thoroughly gripping sections -- like when the killer takes a real dislike to one of his intended victims, an unfortunate supermarket checkout woman. You can feel the bile in his throat with each bitter description as he becomes more and more angry with her -- and, we suspect, with himself...The descriptions of low lives, drunkards, yuppie boozers in the wine bar and so on are very entertaining. There's a couple of very tense scenes where the protagonist's future hangs from a thread, and a very neat finale. We don't see very much of the Police investigators, or indeed any of the supporting characters: the novel is focused entirely on the killer himself. That means we have to endure the literary device of newspaper cuttings to fill in the blanks (not my favourite style, but it worked OK).Overall this is a well-paced, intelligent and easy to read thriller. The concepts aren't very new, but it's delivered with panache and I enjoyed reading it. (With one proviso: the author keeps using the word 'that' when he should be using 'who' and I know it's a tiny whinge but it starts to irritate after a while). I'll certainly look for Craig Robertson's next book on the strength of this one.If you like this kind of gritty thriller then you may also enjoy A Last Act of Charity by Frank Westworth. I'm a tiny bit biased about it (reader: I married the author...) but figure that it'll appeal to readers with similarly weird interests...7/10

  • Miss Page Turner
    2018-12-09 12:10

    This novel is a whole thrilling insight into the obscure mind of a serial killer with no obvious acting pattern. The Cutter appears to be a dangerous psychopath, on the inside he is a smart and hurt man longing for revenge and destruction. Random involves a murderer plot which is interwoven with a kind of underworld plot. In my opinion the involved underworld plot slows the overall story down and blurs it unnecessarily.The story is told from the murderer’s point of view that puts the reader into a moral conflict. Other novels are written in the POV of a detective, but Craig Robertson wants to show the other side, show the motives of a desperate murderer. Feel sorry for the culprit or the victims? A decision, not as easy as in most thrillers.Most interesting about Random are the random tactics and techniques the murderer applies to choose his victims. The author presents a very profound theoretical and historical background to the plot. He provides us with an insight into biological and psychical processes of his victims. Several chapters consist of newspaper articles talking about the cruel murders of the Cutter. Form, style and content are authentically written in newspaper style so that the creation of an actual and authentic crime case is supported. Although the overall atmosphere is dark and depressing, the plot is lightened up by a few jokes and irony.As a little advice: Some of the murders are brutal and many swear words are applied. Random deals with a dark and criminal milieu, so I don’t recommend reading this novel if you are rather squeamish.I read this novel on train rides and I never got bored. Reading this novel in public, the most unsafe place you could be in Random, was a new experience, always wondering about murderers minds and the always present anxiety of being a possible victim to fate. I find it very shocking that the applied strategies to sort out a random victim really fascinated me and I thought about how they would work in real life, how dangerous someone applying those methods would be for public life and safety. THE VERDICT2/5 ** Random, murderer vs. Glasgow, randomness vs. logic and pleasure vs. fear. The next victim? Maybe you… The first novel of a journalist with major media knowledge and a great sense for the exciting mind and moral gamesof a killer.

  • Best Crime Books & More
    2018-12-05 09:10

    Craig Robertson has had a twenty year career with the Glasgow Post. He has not only interviewed three different Prime Ministers, he has also attended some major news stories such as 9/11, Dunblane and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. This is his first novel and is entitled Random.The cover of his book is pretty eye catching with its red cover and a picture of a figure in the shadows. The jacket information was even more interesting with a description of a Serial Killer operating in Glasgow. He has been nicknamed The Cutter by the media and the police are baffled by the killings. DS Rachel Narey is on the case and she cannot seem to find any connection between the victims. There seems to be no real motive or reason for the murders and there seems to be absolutely no links between the people.When I opened the book the first thing that was strange was the fact that the book is written in the first person, and said first person is the killer himself. There was something slightly unsettling about that in the beginning for me. As the book progresses the story is stretched and we learn more not only about his mindset but the reasons behind the killings.I don't particularly like spoilers but this book is very hard to describe without some risk of spoiling the plot. I will say however, that the more you read the more you will question "what would I do if that was me?" I found that over halfway in not only had the unsettling feeling I started with gone, I found myself seeing things through the eyes of somebody in his position.Ultimately as the title and jacket information describe, the serial killings are made entirely at random. This is not only a disturbing thought, but one that is written with incredible skill. I was amazed at how I felt whilst reading it and felt myself becoming more and more absorbed by it. The story is set in Glasgow and the writing and speech of the Glaswegians is done superbly.The pace of the book is also pretty good, I wouldn't say particularly fast but reasonably paced with more intent on seeing things from the `bad' side of the fence. This gave the story good momentum and more intent on the sheer genius of being inside a killers mind. I cannot say anything bad about this book; I thoroughly enjoyed it and eagerly await the next novel by Mr Robertson.

  • Kirsty 📚📖❤️
    2018-11-20 15:17

    I picked this book up at my office book swap purely based on the premise that it's written and from the perspective of the serial killer. The only reason we know details of the police and how well they are doing in the quest to capture a criminal is by the newspaper & TV reports The Cutter sees himself. And I have to call him by his nickname because at no point do I think his real full name is revealed. I caught his surname somewhere but if the first name was said I missed it. I enjoyed the premise I think it worked quite well. It does make it difficult to get any really feel for secondary characters which was basically everyone besides Cutter. Very much a loner, especially after the death of his daughter I don't think the character talks to anyone except the odd perfunctory chats with his distant wife and as little small talk as possible with passengers sitting in the back of his taxi cab. The back of the cab serves to drive the plot forward as besides the newspapers this is where he learns how the case is proceeding, gossip about the victims and so on. The downside is that we are expected to believe that in the sections which involve Glasgow gangsters that they regularly take his cab without recognising him (to say more would spoil the plot) at key points later in the book and that they have such loose tongues. Cutter knows far too much about the inner workings of the gang leader and how he goes about his business. This is the one bit of the book I found hard to deal with. It's just not possible to get that level of information. Going back to reasons for picking this book. The second reason was the nature of the crimes. Each one is chosen at random using different (random) ways to kill - picking from a phone book, the 50th person to walk past him, the last person to get off the bus. Each killing is different; some are obvious, some are designed like accidents. All are to confuse the police while the real masterplan is carried out. I loved the twist at the end - the big reveal of why he kills and what drove him to it. Again to reveal why gives away too many spoilers. All in all I really enjoyed this book, it made a nice change from formulaic crime dramas with depressed cops. A change of pace must read

  • Fitzykd
    2018-12-09 16:04

    From the moment I started reading this book I could not put it down, My husband managed to persuade me to put it down long enought to have dinner (I continued to read as dinner was cooking). This is a very cleverly written book. You are pulled in to the mind of the killer very quickly and your are hard put not to feel some sympathy and understanding for him. There is a pretty clever twist towards the end. I liked the fact that you found out 'why' quite early on (if you didn't, I don't think it would have flowed as smoothly as it did) it became less of a thriller to some extent and more of a journey into the downward spiral of the killer's mind and what a journey it was (but there is still a really good twist later in the book). I cannot wait for his next book Snapshot to be published. Craig RobertsonRandom

  • Josh
    2018-12-01 11:11

    This book was gifted to me a few years ago, during a time I was heavily interested in crime fiction and psychology.I flew through the book, which is always a good sign, and this was helped by the way it was written and the direction of the plot. The author invites you into the mind of a Glaswegian serial killer and successfully leaves the reader immersed and rooting for the bad guy. Although little stands out in my mind about it now (except the ending), it was a fun and intriguing read, perfect to dive into to disconnect from daily woes. However, I can only really say this is an average book. Definitely enjoyable, a solid story, but I can't foresee that I would ever have the inclination to read it again. It is the type of book you would likely pick up from WHSmith just before your flight to Lanzarote and probably read most of it before you had landed. Good book, but for me, not enough depth or individuality to be truly memorable.3/5

  • Esoldra
    2018-12-07 14:10

    It was a good story but the writing style left a lot to be desired, it seemed to be much a little boy bragging about the violence of his city of Glasgow and deriving pride from this. The killings are not as random as the blurb of the book purports and perhaps if there had not been this connection in regards to them, it could have more ably taken the name 'Random'. I felt much of the time in terms of the newspaper articles throughout the book that the author was and always will be first and foremost a journalist and rely on that - i also felt that in reading those articles i was rereading the same things over and over again making it a 50 page book of original material and 300 of repetition.

  • Sue Mcleod
    2018-12-14 13:15

    Decent read but I started to progressively gloss over the serial killer angst as I worked through the novel. Not a whodunit ... and the whydunnit was shared fairly early (apparent from one crucial element). Felt like a first novel - interesting idea but executed in a self-conscious manner.

  • Tom Mills
    2018-11-23 09:22

    Random is the debut novel of Craig Robertson, the latest in a long and distinguished line of 'Tartan Noir' writers. He once said that the Scottish "seem to be better at... reach[ing] the darker side of the human psyche... Many Scots also have a fondness for black humour that lends itself well to crime writing," and these crucial ingredients are certainly present in this excellent book.Glasgow is being terrorised by a serial killer the media have nicknamed 'the Cutter'. His random attacks appear motiveless until we learn of his fascination with that ultimate murderer, Jack the Ripper. This anonymous killer's study of the Ripper is only revealed in chapter 16, and he provides the reader with the usual salient facts of the infamous case: "Some said the Ripper was over-rated... In purely numerical terms [they are] probably right. But what they all forget, is that Jack got away with it. The single most famous serial killer in history yet still unknown.Some people think they know who Jack was... but they... can't know. They call themselves Ripperologists... Ask ten [of them] who killed those women and you will get eleven different answers... Five prostitutes... Victims of life. Jack killed... ripped them. But we don't know why[or] who. They say he was Queen Victoria's whoring grandson Eddy... driven mad by syphilis... it was the Queen's physician William Gull... her obstetrician John Williams. He was painter William Sickert... he was Carl Feigenbaum, a German sailor. He was an insane Polish Jew, Aaron Kosminski. It was the Ripper diary confessor James Maybrick or the bogus doctor Francis Tumblety. It was barrister Montague John Druitt, the abortionist Dr Thomas Cream, the Polish poisoner George Chapman or [Mary] Kelly's lover Joseph Barnett. It was them and it was a hundred others but it was none of them. It was Jack. No one knows who he was. Jack did what [he] had to do then he stopped. Disappeared... back into the London fog."We are then given our first clue to this killer's reasoning. Inspired by the Royal conspiracy, his fourth murder was actually motivated by revenge (the death of his daughter), and concealed amongst the other 5, which were truly random. The theory (advanced by Stephen Knight in 1976) is explained by this fictional killer: "It goes that 3 men worked together... Their plan... was to cover their true intentions by creating the myth of the Ripper. [They] were high establishment... connected to the Royal household and were set on protecting its interests... The bottom line is that... [Mary] Kelly knew too much and was prepared to tell. She had to be silenced. But the killing of Mary alone would have left a trail... motive could eventually have led [the police] to the truth. So the plan was devised... Kelly and her friends were slaughtered and the murders made to look the work of a complete madman. The silencing of Kelly was hidden amidst the other four. She was the needle. They were the haystack."Robertson's random killer can see "the beauty of it... made to look like madness, but in reality it was clinical, reasoned... I respected the logic" enough to emulate it.This murderer is not a Ripper copycat (see ITV's Whitechapel drama, and many more examples in written fiction for those [i]) but the media frenzy generated by the original Ripper, and the lure of an 18th century urban myth is strong enough to inspire news reporting even now. The contemporary newspapers christened and publicised the crimes of the Blackout Ripper (1942), Jack the Stripper (1964/5), the Camden Ripper (2000/02), the Ipswich Ripper (2006), and most famously the Yorkshire Ripper (1975 to 1980) and his hoaxer, Wearside Jack (1978/9). The Random killer taunts and manipulates the press as did the original Ripper via a series of letters 'From Hell'. He posts severed fingers to the police, then later to a reporter (also akin to the real Ripper's bloody parcel to George Lusk), and then dubs himself 'the Cutter' (just like the 'Dear Boss' letter signed by 'Jack') because he hates the media's nickname 'Jock the Ripper'. This name is also used by fellow 'Tartan Noir' writer, Val McDermid in Killing the Shadows (2001).Perhaps the most important aspect of the Whitechapel murders was the birth of tabloid journalism (alluded to in From Hell as creating the 20th century), and their almost symbiotic co-existence. Murder was part of life in Victorian London, and the Ripper's crimes may have been forgotten by history if it wasn't for newspapers like The Star. This was the first time that such a story attracted such attention, and even in the absence of today's omnipresent media gathering, the Ripper quickly went global, and his influence has remained since.We need to study the Whitechapel Murders in their wider context, not only the 5 canonical victims, but those committed between April 1888 and February 1891, to fully appreciate the 'power of the press.' This coverage has perpetuated for 123 years, and it only fuels the modern fascination with the world's most notorious murderer [ii] .Later, the Cutter's potted history of Scottish murders could easily be observations by the author on the emergence and current success of Scottish crime fiction: "Scotland gave the world television and the telephone, penicillin, the pneumatic tyre, the steam engine and the bicycle, radar, insulin, calculus and Dolly the sheep. But we are also right up there with the best of them when it comes to killing people... The best small murdering country in the world. Stick that on your tourist posters." Tartan Noir is indeed part of this "fine tradition" and is a significant Scottish cultural export.Robertson's second novel, Snapshot is published this month.Notes [i] Unlikely Killer by Ricki Thomas features the 'Kopycat' Ripper, and in Michael White's The Art of Murder, another serial killer is actually inspired by Jack's secret journal. Here, the original Ripper escaped to America, a theory investigated at the time by both the police and a hungry press. [ii] Channel Five documentary, Tabloid Killer (24/6/10) examines the massive press coverage of the Whitechapel Murders.

  • Selina Trafford
    2018-12-04 14:16

    Random- serial killer Loone in Glasgow. Premise of many books that came before however they didn't come like this one. This book tells the tale of a man torn between his need for revenge and his humanity. You gain hints of the man before he took this path and you feel his pain. Not sympathy for him but an understanding of what makes him who he is. The ending is a real jolt back to reality and you leave the book feeling a little bereft.It's a super first read from this is author and I will be keeping an eye for more.

  • Ryan Smith
    2018-12-07 12:03

    This was one of the first fictional crime books i have ever read and i loved it from start to finish. It jumps straight in from page 1 and left me hooked not wanting to put it down. I felt a stronger connection to this book due to it being set in Glasgow and could relate to it a lot more knowing the places Robertson was referencing throughout. It was very well written and unlike any other book i have read. It actually made me feel compassion and a general sadness for the killer even though he was committing such random terrible murders.

  • Grace Backler
    2018-11-14 15:00

    A powerful ending to a story which had me captivated the whole time I was reading. My only criticism is that I didn't enjoy the dialogue but found the rest of the writing style (minus a few editing errors) to be intriguing. Being able to relate to a serial killer is always an interesting plot point to enable you to empathise and reflect on your own moral stand points and what you would do in similar situations.

  • Lillian Cummings
    2018-12-14 14:19

    Nothing is random at all. Who is killing people across town and sending a finger to the police and why can't they catch him? A man lost his child and he will ame everyone pay and he picks people at random just because he can. The police think that he has something to do with the murders but they can't prove it. He knows that he is almost done with his justice. A good read.

  • Hayley
    2018-11-29 09:22

    Different - good, but different lol! Definitely very different! I was tempted a number of times to give up with this book but just had to keep going to find out what happened next. Definitely worth trying, just don't think it was my type of book, however saying that really pleased I finished it as it's a blooming good twist at the end!

  • Jill
    2018-12-01 09:27

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was surprised how I could find a serial killer to be so likeable. I was intrigued to see how this would pan out and I wasn't disappointed by the ending. Easy read..

  • Samantha Robertson
    2018-12-11 10:07

    wow that was a rollercoaster of ride reading that book was written from.the point of view of a serial killer was one of them books once u start u cant put down cant wait to read more from craig Robertson

  • Sherene Cloete
    2018-12-13 11:22

    It was an enjoyable read but not a page turner. There were times when I was really gripped by the story but then it let me go again. The end, I feel, was sad and not necessary; there could have been an alternative ending.

  • Mark Hodgson
    2018-12-06 09:26

    A good read, I found it a bit hard going in places, but a good story line, written from the killers perspective

  • Tiffany
    2018-11-22 14:19

    Brilliant suspense filled story of grief and revenge set in Glasgow, a must read for readers of crime fiction.

  • Kevin
    2018-11-30 13:28

    A very good story with a clever premise. The only disappointment is the ending, which felt rushed and didn't really make sense.

  • vivienne barrick
    2018-12-03 14:02

    BoringNo thanksToo much killing for killings sake.It needs a plot line that has some mercy and not kill after kill.

  • Margaret Hitching
    2018-11-27 15:04

    Gritty. I kept thinking I should not be "enjoying" this book. Nevertheless, I did not want to stop until the end.