EXCERPT: There were shackles fixed to the bricks opposite, the chains furry with rust. A mattress on the floor, filthy with brown stains. Heavy-duty stainless-steel hooks, screwed into the beams of the floor above. More brown stains on the concrete floor beneath them.
Another line of Polaroids hung on either side of the shackles. Only in these ones, the people weren’t smiling. In these ones, the colours were mostly reds and blacks.
Alice crept forwards, pulling a reluctant Henry with her.
‘What the hell is this place?’
I cleared my throat.
All those small, square photographs in their rectangular white ‘frames’, the greying plastic stained with the dark swirls of bloody fingerprints.
Just like the ones that used to turn up on the birthday cards for Rebecca . . .
I swallowed something bitter. ‘It’s a kill room.’
ABOUT ‘THE COFFIN MAKER’S GARDEN’: A village on the edge…
As a massive storm batters the Scottish coast, Gordon Smith’s home is falling into the North Sea. But the crumbling headland has revealed what he’s got buried in his garden: human remains.
A house full of secrets…
With the storm still raging, it’s too dangerous to retrieve the bodies and waves are devouring the evidence. Which means no one knows how many people Smith’s already killed and how many more he’ll kill if he can’t be found and stopped.
An investigator with nothing to lose…
The media are baying for blood, the top brass are after a scapegoat, and ex-Detective Inspector Ash Henderson is done playing nice. He’s got a killer to catch, and God help anyone who gets in his way.
MY THOUGHTS: I don’t know how Stuart MacBride does it. Innovative plotting, the most complete characters, and black humor. MacBride is one of those few authors whose books play out like a movie in my head as I read. I can see what he writes. I can hear his characters. I can feel their emotions.
No one would ever want to cross this author. Death would be painful and drawn out, the body never recovered. He’s so good, he’s scary!!! Oldcastle is a fictional town in the northeast of Scotland, home to ‘Mother’s Misfits’, the dumping ground for Police Scotland’s disgraced and undesirables. It’s also a place where terrible things happen.
The Coffin Maker’s Garden is deliciously creepy and oh so twisty. A tale that starts out on a dark and stormy night and just keeps getting better and better. My interest never flagged for a second.
If you like dark, gruesome reads with great characters and a good dollop of black humour, you can’t beat a Stuart MacBride novel.
P.s. I would listen to narrator Ian Hanmore read the telephone book.
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T: @StuartMacBride @HarperCollins
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DISCLOSURE: I listened to the audiobook of The Coffin Maker’s Garden written by Stuart MacBride and narrated by Ian Hanmore.
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