I have been a fan of Heather Atkinson books after reading the Breaking away series and the Dividing line series and was really looking forward to reading this latest release, after being contacted by Heather and being offered a review copy, I was really made up to be given the chance to read it before its release.
Unfinished business is the first book in a new series. And I was praying it was just going to be as good as the other series i have read by Heather.
From early on in this book getting to know the characters, It was Brodie and Cass and the connection between them both that I liked the most. These two character really made this story for me.
The other main characters are Mark and his wife Sarah. I kind of started off liking her, but then she seemed to get on my nerves a little, appearing like she was becoming dependent on someone she didn't even know.
Sarah has her life thrown into turmoil when she finds things out about her husband that no one would ever want to find out about their other half. Or about anyone you know come to think of it.
She is told this big secret by Brodie, the Private investigator of the firm Unfinished Business. That has apparently been hired by an unknown person to make sure Sarah finds out about her husbands past, a past that he seems to have hidden so well until now. Sarah seems to just takes on board everything that Brodie has to say, without trying to delve and find out the facts herself, this is where you feel sorry for Sarah, after all its her life that has just changed. The thing is you can't help feeling is that Sarah is holding back and maybe hiding secrets of her own. And should be doing a lot more herself to find out the truth.
I found Mark to be a difficult one to figure out. I really couldn't decide if he was innocent or guilty. Or why he kept his secrets away from his wife to start out with.
The rest of Marks family also seem to be hiding secrets. Secrets from the past, that as much as no one wants them to come out, you just know the more this story goes on, that sooner or later everything is going to come spilling out. Which is what makes you needing to carry on reading this book. I suspected everyone through this book, of holding back on what they actually knew. We have Marks mother, his twin brother and his Sister. All character I liked or hated at different parts of the book.
Brodie and his assistant Cass seem hell bent of getting to the truth, and maybe using not so legal methods of finding things out is the only way to go. These two really seem to have a great connection between them all the way through the book.
I have tried my best to do this review without giving away anything about the story line or the outcome, I found this really hard to do.
But one thing you need to know about this book. is that it is well worth reading. And I am looking forward to more from this series as the series develops and grows, I just believe it is going to turn out to be a really great series.
About the book.
Mark Creegan has it all - wealth, a successful business and a beautiful wife and children. However his idyll is being ruined by an ominous blue car. He sees it everywhere and fears his very dark past is about to catch up with him after years of running.
His stalker turns out to be Brodie MacBride, ex-policeman turned private investigator from Glasgow whose business is unfinished business. Mark’s worst fear is realised when Brodie tells him he thinks he is unfinished business.
The fortunes of the Creegan family are tied up with The Carver, a serial killer operating in Manchester who is escalating in scale and savagery. As Brodie forcibly drags the Creegan skeletons out of the closet - using less than legal methods - the net closes in on The Carver, leading to a deadly confrontation that will leave an entire family devastated.
Some of the other books available from this author.