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[PDF.ePUB.MOBI]  From the Shadows Monica Kennedy #1 Author G.R. Halliday – serv3.3pub.co.uk ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ From the Shadows Monica Kennedy #1 By G.R. Halliday ⚣ – Serv3.3pub.co.uk A stunning atmospheric police procedural set against the grit of Inverness and the raw beauty of the Scottish Highlands this is the first book in the DI Monica Kennedy seriesSixteen year old Robert ar A stunning atmospheric police procedural Shadows Monica Kindle Ñ set against the grit of Inverness and the raw beauty of the Scottish Highlands this is the first book in the DI Monica Kennedy seriesSixteen year old Robert arrives home late Without a word to his dad he goes up to his bedroom Robert is never seen alive againA body is soon found on the coast of the Scottish Highlands Detective Inspector Monica Kennedy stands by the victim in this starkly beautiful and remote landscape Instinct tells her the case won’t begin and end with this one deathMeanwhile Inverness based social From the PDF \ worker Michael Bach is worried about one of his clients whose last correspondence was a single ambiguous text message; Nichol Morgan has been missing for seven daysAs Monica is faced with catching a murderer who has been meticulously watching and waiting Michael keeps searching for Nichol desperate to find him before the killer claims another victim From the Shadows introduces DI Monica Kennedy an unforgettable new series lead perfect for fans of Ann Cleeves' Vera Susie Steiner and Peter May.


10 thoughts on “From the Shadows Monica Kennedy #1

  1. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    GR Halliday's debut is a welcome addition to the Scottish Noir crime fiction genre with its melancholic and morose atmosphere that hangs heavy throughout set in the Scottish Highlands and Inverness 16 year old Robert Wright disappears from his home only for his mutilated tortured body with a stone thrust deep down his throat to be found posed in a remote part of the Highlands Leading the police team is DI Monica Kennedy a rather tall woman a single mother with 4 year old daughter Lucy whom she barely sees but is constantly in her thoughts Her mother who shows a touch too much interest in Monica's cases looks after Lucy Michael Bach is a guilt ridden social worker with a traumatic past desperately worried about about one of his missing clients 17 year old Nichol Morgan With a murder investigation on her hands Monica knows the police have no resources to devote to finding Nichol so she breaks procedure by telling him to find Nichol as she gives him his client's laptopMatters escalate when a second body of a another young boy with the same MO is found in a remote location by a loch Monica's ambitious boss Superintendent Hately foists on her a Dr Hamish Lees a criminal psychologist an arrogant man with certainties that Monica is highly doubtful of Interspersed in the narrative is the watcher a highly intelligent presence operating several steps ahead of the police Monica and Bach are faced with a case that throws ups ever increasing dangers with the likes of Owen MacLennan and Don Cameron The police team are not immune from the tragedies and horror that engulf the investigation where it appears there are victims than the police were ever aware of in the past With a boss that is too focused on one suspect Monica is forced to operate below the radar until it all ends up in a blood soaked thrilling finale that has me avidly anticipating the next book in the seriesThis may not be a perfect debut the author dwells a little too assiduously throughout on Monica's height and the ending is a trifle too fudged However it is terrifically compelling packed with plentiful suspense and tension and with some wonderful characterisation I liked the inclusion of the cat Colonel Mustard along with Michael's IT geek Henry and the flawed but determined DC Connor Crawford Both Monica and Michael have suitably dark backgrounds with trauma and a Monica that can make truly troubling decisions All in all this is a brilliantly chilling beginning to what promises to be a stellar series set amidst the background of the stunning Scottish Highlands Highly recommended Many thanks to Random House Vintage for an ARC


  2. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    My review for this has disappeared from GoodreadsGR Halliday's debut is a welcome addition to the Scottish Noir crime fiction genre with its melancholic and morose atmosphere that hangs heavy throughout set in the Scottish Highlands and Inverness 16 year old Robert Wright disappears from his home only for his mutilated tortured body with a stone thrust deep down his throat to be found posed in a remote part of the Highlands Leading the police team is DI Monica Kennedy a rather tall woman a single mother with 4 year old daughter Lucy whom she barely sees but is constantly in her thoughts Her mother who shows a touch too much interest in Monica's cases looks after Lucy Michael Bach is a guilt ridden social worker with a traumatic past desperately worried about about one of his missing clients 17 year old Nichol Morgan With a murder investigation on her hands Monica knows the police have no resources to devote to finding Nichol so she breaks procedure by telling him to find Nichol as she gives him his client's laptopMatters escalate when a second body of a another young boy with the same MO is found in a remote location by a loch Monica's ambitious boss Superintendent Hately foists on her a Dr Hamish Lees a criminal psychologist an arrogant man with certainties that Monica is highly doubtful of Interspersed in the narrative is the watcher a highly intelligent presence operating several steps ahead of the police Monica and Bach are faced with a case that throws ups ever increasing dangers with the likes of Owen MacLennan and Don Cameron The police team are not immune from the tragedies and horror that engulf the investigation where it appears there are victims than the police were ever aware of in the past With a boss that is too focused on one suspect Monica is forced to operate below the radar until it all ends up in a blood soaked thrilling finale that has me avidly anticipating the next book in the seriesThis may not be a perfect debut the author dwells a little too assiduously throughout on Monica's height and the ending is a trifle too fudged However it is terrifically compelling packed with plentiful suspense and tension and with some wonderful characterisation I liked the inclusion of the cat Colonel Mustard along with Michael's IT geek Henry and the flawed but determined DC Connor Crawford Both Monica and Michael have suitably dark backgrounds with trauma and a Monica that can make truly troubling decisions All in all this is a brilliantly chilling beginning to what promises to be a stellar series set amidst the background of the stunning Scottish Highlands Highly recommended Many thanks to Random House Vintage for an ARC


  3. Louise Wilson Louise Wilson says:

    Monica Kennedy #1Thenstory is set in Inverness Scotland Young teenage boys are either missing or they have been found dead DI Monica Kennedyniz in charge of the investigation Social worker Michael Bach is also looking for a missing boy Monica is also a single mother They've just moved back to her roots and she's trying to make an impression This book held my attention all the way through It's uite graphic in its descriptions of the violence that takes place The descriptions of the scenery and the weather were spot on This is a dark and gripping read I liked the main characters and I hope that Michael will feature in books as the series progresses My only criticism is the constant reminders of how tall Monica is A great start to a new police procedural series I'm looking forward to reading the next book I do recommend this book I would like to thank NetGalley Random House UK Vintage Publishing and the author GR Halliday for my ARC in exchange for an honest review


  4. Bookread2day Bookread2day says:

    Some books are just impossible to put down and From The Shadows by G RHalliday is one of them I haven't been able to put this crime book down since the day it arrived and landed on my door mat Here is introducing a major new Scottish crime series This book is an A D I Monica Kennedy novel I'm very much hope that the next book that G R Halliday writes features Detective Inspector Monica Kennedy she's so believable which is important to me as a crime book lover that I believe in the Detective Inspector also what is a plus for me the author made Monica a female Detective inspector What I liked about this book is that it's very easy to follow with the chapters carefully divided into certain days of the week Sixteen year old Robert's mum Amanda had left him and his dad with the dog Ellie six weeks ago Robert comes home late without a word to his dad and is never seen again but when Ellie the dog was in in Roberts bedroom his dog whined something is off here My stomach turned when Detective Inspector Monica Kenedy finds a body in the Scottish Highlands Expect a plot of mysteries waiting to be solved as bodies were left in the highlands I found about the author G R Halliday fascinating world he spent his childhood obsessing over the unexplained mysteries his father investigated Now it's G R Halliday turn to give us great pleasure in reading his mysteries throughout From The Shadows


  5. Rachel Hall Rachel Hall says:

    Mediocre police procedural debut set in the Highlands unoriginal with a poor man’s Vera investigatingFrom The Shadows is a solid police procedural debut set in the scenic surroundings of the Scottish Highlands and introduces forty four year old single mother DI Monica Kennedy as the series lead Recently returned to her birthplace of Inverness with her four year old daughter Lucy in order to be closer to her ever reliable mother Angela Monica has eighteen years experience of investigating serious crimesWhen the body of a sixteen year old boy is discovered posed mutilated and with no obvious cause of death amidst the coastal wilderness of the Highlands DI Monica Kennedy is tasked with investigating and feels the prickle of unease that there is a deeper significance to the killers actions As Monica attempts to identify the corpse she meets dedicated Inverness based social worker Michael Bach as he endeavours to track down his seventeen year old client Nichol Morgan after failing to make contact for seven days Wracked with guilt that he has let Nichol down after missing a meeting and with the disappearance of someone who is technically classed as an adult a low priority Bach soon endeavours to do his own digging When the victims body is identified as that of sixteen year old local boy Robert Wright and his father tells the police raises the suggestion that his boy made it home the precious night it begins to raise suspicions that I could have been abducted from his own house After the autopsy reveals the presence of a mysterious black rock lodged in the victim’s throat it echoes with Michael Bach’s reports of his client Nichol Morgan also clutching a black rock the last few times they met and gut instinct tells Monica that there could be deaths to come and she takes the maverick decision to hand Nichol’s laptop over to Bach and try to head off any potential risk to his clientWithin days however a second boy is reported missing from his home and his body is discovered shortly after having been murdered in the exact same circumstances as Robert and with the black rock again present As both strands of the investigation lead Monica and Bach into darker territory Monica finds herself reunited with an old adversary and Bach stumbles across the disappearances of other teenage boys with possibly undiscovered links to the recently discovered corpses In truth Bach does the bulk of the investigative work and his discoveries overwhelmingly assist Monica Despite the plot feeling fairly far fetched there are the reuisite number of twists and surprises to hold the reader’s attention and also inject tensionThe narrative is predominantly made up of Monica and Michael Bach’s points of view with both of their efforts adding to the impetus of the story Occasional excerpts entitled ‘The Watcher’ convey the point of view of the arrogant predator behind the murders and do little to expand on his motivation As a series lead I was pretty disappointed by DI Monica Kennedy who I felt little connection with and aside from her height and tight boots I felt her character was abysmally underdeveloped In all honesty she seemed a pale imitation of DI Vera Stanhope with the familiar hang up of every fictional female detective who is also a mother of being overly committed to her job Monica takes her police priorities very seriously and poor Lucy barely gets a look in but I was unconvinced of her powers of deduction as she moved through a number of prime suspects before eventually arriving at the guilty party Aside from her appearance I didn’t really get any sense of the women behind the detective persona and although there are hints to her childhood familiarity with a crew of wrong ‘uns after her upbringing on a rough estate it is never fleshed outAlthough the team of detectives are headed up by Monica there is minimal development of her team including new partner DC Connor Crawford DC Ben Fisher Detective Superintendent Fred Hately and criminal psychologist Dr Hamish Lees Aside from the slimy Lees her fellow officers are eminently forgettable and pretty bland and only a menacing sex offender and a loner gamekeeper as suspects add interest As a reader who enjoys police procedural I have to say that much of From The Shadows felt somewhat derivative from the lumbering detective plagued with guilt about putting her job ahead of her daughter to the supercilious criminal psychologist designed to undermine her and her unsurprising decision to go rogue and team up with social worker Michael Bach Urged on by the memory of his younger brother Joseph disappearing in childhood that plagues his life Bach is well intentioned and darkly mysterious with potential for explorationOverall a middling debut that is unlikely to linger in the mind with a protagonist whom is less than fascinating Despite being a mildly entertaining read I was also unconvinced by the convoluted rationale behind the killers motive and bizarre MO and found the denouement anti climatic and somewhat confusing I would read in the series but on the strength of this debut I am unlikely to actively seek the books out Although the brooding backdrop of the landscape undoubtedly added a ominous feel to the whole story the plot really did become increasingly far fetched and I felt From The Shadows was short on thrills with an unsatisfactory resolutionWith thanks to Readers First who provided me with a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion


  6. Liz Barnsley Liz Barnsley says:

    Excellent new police procedural series set in Scotland with an intriguing and very tall main protagonist in Monica and a fairly creepy serial killer storyline to kick it offThe author descriptively weaves the landscape around the characters often giving the narrative a chilly edgy feel Social Worker Michael is an excellent character to offset Monica and there are plenty of haunting moments The finale opens up the series to all sorts of possibilities which makes you look forward to the next book If I had one little bugbear it was that Monica went a little mad at one point making a decision I just didn't believe any parent would make which took me out of the moment slightly however that was a tiny and subjective off moment in what was an entirely atmospheric and highly addictive read Roll on the next Fuller review to follow near publication


  7. Miriam Smith Miriam Smith says:

    From the Shadows is a DI Monica Kennedy novel a new Scottish crime series from debut author GR HallidaySixteen year old Robert arrives home late Without a word to his dad he goes up to his bedroom Robert is never seen alive again A body is soon found on the coast of the Scottish Highlands Detective Inspector Monica Kennedy stands by the victim in the beautiful and remote landscape Instinct tells her the case won’t begin and end with this one death Meanwhile Inverness based social worker Michael Bach is worried about one of his clients Nichol Morgan who has been missing for seven days As Monica is faced with catching a murderer who has been meticulously watching and waiting Michael keeps searching for Nichol desperate to find him before the killer claims another victimAs debut police procedurals go this isn't a bad first time effort I love crime thrillers set in Scotland especially the Highlands and knowing the places mentioned in the story intimately I did feel a connection to the location of the story and appreciated the raw beauty of the atmospheric descriptions Although I would have a appreciated a little positivity towards the Highland weather which can be unforgiven but can also be uite stunning It is does have uite gruesome descriptions at times so if easily offended this may not be for you but I thought it added to the story and as I do like my serial killers to be as twisted as they come I was very content with the violent content in the book All in all a decent crime thriller my only niggle was the constant reference to Monica's height I'm sure it's not unusual to have tall women in the police force and I couldn't help picturing some totally freakish woman with very large feet I would read in this series should it be followed up and would hope Michael Bach returned to the story too I thought he made a great character and worked well as a partnership with Monica I would happily recommend this book4 stars


  8. Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews says:

    Note I received e copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Many thanks to Mia vintagebooks for tour invite and providing review copy From the Shadows was intriguing crime fiction that revolved around Monica trying to solve murder and a social worker trying to find his missing client It was about work life balance trying to find peace with traumatic past and race between killer and detectiveFrom the Shadows was written in third person narrative mainly from Monica and Michael’s POV and occasional killer’s perspective under title ‘watcher’ Atmospheric setting of Scottish Highlands and Inverness beautiful yet remote with its weather and history of missing people added darkness to story of murders by a delusional psycho killerDescription of murders was gruesome but not unbearable or overly graphic Suspense was solid I couldn’t identify killer till climax Climax was tense and surprising I liked surprise at the end That height references were too much It made Monica look like some freak woman And also reference popped at really usual scenes like when they were visiting Robert’s father to hear his side of story and to let him know his missing son is dead Monica’s decision near climax was biggest complain She was smart capable of making better decision but this made me rethink that because no parent would do thatOverall From the Shadows was compelling dark and interesting Scottish Noir with many twist and turns It was commendable debut novel and definitely recommend itRead full review on my book blog by following this link


  9. Connor Franks Connor Franks says:

    I'm kind of unsure about this book I enjoyed elements but also disliked some The plot was good it was a compelling crime investigation however the pacing was poor You needed to get like 23 of the way through before it actually picked up But even then you were given masses of information which at points was confusing The main character Monica was great Despite her constant comments about her height which were pointless and didn't add to the story she was enjoyable to read about The other main characters Michael wasn't as well developed and I didn't really care for himOverall it wasn't bad It was a promising start to this series hopefully it was just setting up for a series which will grow to become something amazing because it had potential


  10. Miriam Smith Miriam Smith says:

    From the Shadows is a DI Monica Kennedy novel a new Scottish crime series from debut author GR HallidaySixteen year old Robert arrives home late Without a word to his dad he goes up to his bedroom Robert is never seen alive again A body is soon found on the coast of the Scottish Highlands Detective Inspector Monica Kennedy stands by the victim in the beautiful and remote landscape Instinct tells her the case won’t begin and end with this one death Meanwhile Inverness based social worker Michael Bach is worried about one of his clients Nichol Morgan who has been missing for seven days As Monica is faced with catching a murderer who has been meticulously watching and waiting Michael keeps searching for Nichol desperate to find him before the killer claims another victimAs debut police procedurals go this isn't a bad first time effort I love crime thrillers set in Scotland especially the Highlands and knowing the places mentioned in the story intimately I did feel a connection to the location of the story and appreciated the raw beauty of the atmospheric descriptions Although I would have a appreciated a little positivity towards the Highland weather which can be unforgiven but can also be uite stunning It is does have uite gruesome descriptions at times so if easily offended this may not be for you but I thought it added to the story and as I do like my serial killers to be as twisted as they come I was very content with the violent content in the book All in all a decent crime thriller my only niggle was the constant reference to Monica's height I'm sure it's not unusual to have tall women in the police force and I couldn't help picturing some totally freakish woman with very large feet I would read in this series should it be followed up and would hope Michael Bach returned to the story too I thought he made a great character and worked well as a partnership with Monica I would happily recommend this book4 stars


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