The eighth, and final book, in Ann Cleeves’ bestselling Shetland series – a major BBC One drama starring Douglas Henshall as Jimmy Perez.
Shetland: Welcoming. Wild. Remote.
Drawn in by the reputation of the islands, a new English family move to the area, eager to give their autistic son a better life. But when a young nanny’s body is found hanging in the barn of their home, rumours of her affair with the husband begin to spread like wild fire.
With suspicion raining down on the family, DI Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate. For him it will mean returning to the islands of his on-off lover and boss Willow Reeves, who will run the case.
Perez is already facing the most disturbing investigation of his career, when Willow drops a bombshell that will change his life forever. Is he ready for what is to come?
Wild Fire….the last
Loved the book, as all the others. Sad that this is the last story & will miss my time with Perez. Glad he’s got a life & a future coming. Would have attended the wedding if I’d be invited 😉😉
Shame it’s the last one
This is the last in the Shetland series and it is a shame it’s the last, the books have been enjoyable with varying degrees of predictability. They are a cut above whodunnits for the most part, driven by detective Perez the lead character but with some nice insights into other players.
In this book the author treats autism with insight and respect. For that she should be commended. She manages to perfectly execute a story where a character just happens to be on the spectrum, instead of the usual stereotyping, where autism is disrespectfully, and often detrimentally, used as a plot device.
Her treatment of family violence is similarly well done, showing a sound understanding of the many layers of secrecy and shame among those who know and do nothing, causing further harm and failing to prevent more tragedy.
Lastly, small town gossip is revealed for what it really is, malicious and harmful, driven by sadness, boredom and the need for a meaningful life.
Like I said, more than the average whodunnit.
Great read, again.
Great read. Sad that this is the last in the Shetland series. Hoping for more great stories.