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From the Shadows

(Monica Kennedy #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  267 ratings  ·  97 reviews
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 series.

Sixteen-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.
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Paperback, Proof copy, 422 pages
Published April 2019 by Harvill secker
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Paromjit
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, ...more
Paromjit
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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
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Bookread2day
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some books are just impossible to put down and From The Shadows by G. R.Halliday 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
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Rachel Hall
Mediocre police procedural debut set in the Highlands - unoriginal with a poor mans Vera investigating.

From 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
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Liz Barnsley
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 off.

The 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
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Miriam Smith
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"From the Shadows" is a D.I. Monica Kennedy novel, a new Scottish crime series from debut author G.R. Halliday.
Sixteen-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 wont begin and end with this one death. Meanwhile, Inverness-based social
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Connor Franks
May 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
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 2/3 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
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Miriam Smith
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: readers-first
"From the Shadows" is a D.I. Monica Kennedy novel, a new Scottish crime series from debut author G.R. Halliday.
Sixteen-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 wont begin and end with this one death. Meanwhile, Inverness-based social
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Michelle
From the Shadows by G. R Halliday is the debut novel by the author and the first book in the DI Monica Kennedy series.
Sixteen-year-old Robert comes home late and his dad is strict with him. He is sent to his room to be never seen again. His mutilated body is found in a remote part of the Scottish Highlands with a stone stuck down his throat. DI Monica Kennedy is set to lead her team in the investigation, and she put herself wholehearted into this investigation. In more so, than being mother to
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Alison
From the Shadows is a promising start to a new crime series set in the Scottish Highlands. It's a dark and atmospheric story that is truly gripping at times and while I didn't love it quite as much as I hoped I would this is definitely a series I want to read more of.

The story is told primarily from two points of view, DI Monica Kennedy and social worker Michael Bach, and is part police procedural, part mystery/thriller with Kennedy leading a murder investigation and Bach trying to track down
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Elaine Tomasso
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House UK, Vintage Publishing for an advance copy of From the Shadows the first novel to feature DI Monica Kennedy od Inverness Police.

When the body of a teenage boy is found in a remote location DI Monica Kennedy is given the case. The nature of his wounds and the posing of the body make her think it may not be a one off killing but, apart from that, she doesnt have much to go on. In the meantime social worker Michael Bach is searching for his client,
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Miriam Smith
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readers-first
"From the Shadows" is a D.I. Monica Kennedy novel, a new Scottish crime series from debut author G.R. Halliday.
Sixteen-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 wont begin and end with this one death. Meanwhile, Inverness-based social
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Jane Kelsey
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, faves-2019
Wow! What a thrilling experience! I loved this novel so much! [full review to follow]
Laura
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From The Shadows has grit, suspense and intrigue aplenty. The characters are different enough to make me want to read more about them Monica seems a strong, intelligent detective who avoids being too perfect or brilliant she has her own issues and faults - and Michael is similarly touched by trauma, though a very different type of character (which I like as they balance each other somewhat). Both make for interesting reading, and the element of doubt that Monica has about certain characters ...more
Angie Rhodes
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Set in the Scottish Highlands, From the Shadows, is one of the creepiest, atmospheric unnerving thrillers I have read for a while.
Sixteen year old Robert, struggling with the loss of his mother, not through death, but her walking out, comes home from school, late one evening, ignores his dad, goes straight up to his bedroom and is never seen alive again,
When a body is found on the coast, D.I. Monica Kennedy is called in, and her instinct is that this will not be the only murder, she's right, as
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Becca Adams
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the debut police drama series from G R Halliday that will not disappoint. Set in the highlands in Scotland; the story begins with Robert. He comes in one night and is never seen alive again. He is later found dead with a piece of rock stuck in his throat. D I Monica Kennedy; who is the main character has never seen a case like this ever in her long career.
While Monica is being introduced, another main character tells his story: social worker Michael Loch. Michael is concerned he
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Michelle
From the Shadows by G. R Halliday is the debut novel by the author and the first book in the DI Monica Kennedy series.
Sixteen-year-old Robert comes home late and his dad is strict with him. He is sent to his room to be never seen again. His mutilated body is found in a remote part of the Scottish Highlands with a stone stuck down his throat. DI Monica Kennedy is set to lead her team in the investigation, and she put herself wholehearted into this investigation. In more so, than being mother to
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Hazel
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for the ARC.
Sixteen year-old Robert gets home late, his father issuing harsh words for him not letting him know where he was, goes straight to his bedroom, and disappears. DI Monica Kennedy attends the discovery of his body on scrubland a few miles away.
Meanwhile, Michael Bach a social worker, has reported his teenaged client Nichol Morgan as missing for 7 days. Michael thinks the body may be Nichol and meets Monica at the identification.
Another teenage boy
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Emma (escapetothebookshelf)
This was a good crime novel and the series seems promising. It is the first in the series set in the Scottish Highlands featuring DI Kennedy. I could definitely see this as a detective drama on TV, it had that kind of feel to it.

Unfortunately I didn't warm as much as I would have liked to the main detective, DI Kennedy. There was a big issue made about how she's taller than your average woman with big feet, and how she feels uncomfortable with this to the extent that she wears shoes one size
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Lisa
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A respectable start to a new Scottish crime fiction series

From the Shadows is the first book in a new crime fiction series set in the Scottish Highlands. Detective Inspector Monica Kennedy is the lead character in this novel. However, I felt like social worker Michael Bach was more developed and played a greater role in the investigative process than D.I. Kennedy. I learned little about D.I. Kennedy, other than that she is tall, has big feet and struggles to achieve a work/life balance. I found
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Agne
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping
This was one of the greater stories I have read this year.
It is set in hauntingly cold and dark scenery of remote Scottish piece of land, and it throws a lot of dark and twisted shadows onto people living there. You get involved into lives of DI Monica Kennedy and her struggle to sustain any sort of balance of motherhood and policing. She feels more paranoid as the murder investigations go on because of her own experience in law and how it can be twisted to provide results of good
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Kathryn
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book from the start. DI Kennedy's shows the struggle of a person balancing motherhood whilst trying to the best job possible at work and is something I easily relate to. I loved its setting in the highlands and how its wildness was described throughout. There were lots of the characters that could have been part of the murders and I certainly didnt guess correctly. This is a wonderful series and I look forward to reading many more. The question of who Lucy's father is ...more
Christine Rennie
With thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the ARC, I have enjoyed reading this book.
This is the first book in the DI Monica Kennedy series, which is set in Inverness and the Scottish Highlands. The characters are extremely interesting, the three main police officers are all flawed in different ways. The storyline is about the disappearance of young men and when the bodies are autopsied a Black Stone is found in the throats of each of them.
The storyline is extremely clever and there are
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Roz Radmore
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of this book . It has not affected my review in any way . The book speaks for itself . It is a fantastic debut novel . Featuring Detective Monica Kennedy in her first outing . The book is so descriptive I could see the places in my mind . It would make a brilliant tv series . I lost great chunks of time reading it as I just HAD to reach the end !
Annarella
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good procedural, entertaining and engaging.
I liked the plot, the cast of characters and loved the wonderful setting.
The book is chilling and you cannot put it down.
Recommended!
Many thanks to Random House UK and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Douglas Osler
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is in an unusual setting in the Scottish Highlands but that is used to advantage to give the story an element of mysticism as well as greater depth. Much of the tale depends on a social worker who is guilty about a youth for whom he was responsible and the interaction between him and thef Emailed detective works well. She,as ever in books like this,has to have a dysfunctional personal life. There are several strands to the story which are brought together to good effect. The story keeps the ...more
Martha Brindley
This is a very good debut novel set in the Scottish Highlands and featuring DI Monica Kennedy She is called to investigate the disappearance of two teenage boys. The narrative is told between Monica and Michael, a social worker, and left me slightly confused at times. There was plenty of atmosphere in the book, giving a good sense of the beautiful setting but the conclusion left me a little confused. A very good start to a new police procedural series. My thanks to Net Galley for my ARC..
Linda Hepworth
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sixteen-year-old Robert arrives home late, his father is in the living room, anxiously awaiting his return but, without going in to see him, and with just a brief exchange through the closed door, Robert goes straight to his room and he isnt seen alive again. His tortured body is soon found, on the coast in a remote part of the Scottish Highlands. As D.I. Monica Kennedy stands by his body, she has the strong feeling that the way in which his body is deliberately posed indicates that this may not ...more
Peter
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is one of those books that leaves you unsure how you feel about it. There are many elements about it that are good but there are others that make you frustrated.
The plot of this book is very good in that it has a compelling investigation but the pacing of it is poor, you need to get to half to two thirds through before it gains traction inevitably leading to a rushed conclusion and a confusing mass of information as it tries to twist and turn you through an ending. As its a first novel my
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G.R. Halliday lives in the rural Highlands outside of Inverness, where he is pursues mountain climbing and swimming in the sea. From the Shadows is his debut crime novel.

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