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From the Shadows

(Monica Kennedy #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  480 ratings  ·  163 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. Detecti
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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 woman
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Louise Wilson
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Monica Kennedy #1

Thenstory 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 quite graphic in its descriptions of the violence that takes place. The descriptions of the sce
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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 De
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Rachel Hall
Mediocre police procedural debut set in the Highlands - unoriginal with a poor man’s 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 investigati
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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 n
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Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
"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 won’t begin and end with this one death. Meanwhile, Inverness-based social
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Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
*** 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 detective.

From the Shadows was written in third person nar
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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 (A Mother’s Musings)
"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 won’t 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 o
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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 doesn’t have much to go on. In the meantime social worker Michael Bach is searching for his client,
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Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
"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 won’t begin and end with this one death. Meanwhile, Inverness-based social
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Melanie’s reads
I was gripped from the very first chapter. I already knew from the blurb Robert was in trouble but I had no idea how shocking that trouble would be. Just as I had started to like him too.

You know pretty early on how but not who and why, which the armchair detective in me loved. With another boy missing the race is on for Detective Inspector Monica Kennedy.

There are lots of clues from strange stones, burning incense, perfume, stars and drugged drinks and occasional narration from someone called “
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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 Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)
****4.5 stars!****

I’ll admit to being a bit picky when it comes to my crime thriller/police procedural reads. I have my fav auto-buy authors (and don’t you know it, lol!). However, once in a while a book comes along that just screams to be read.

FTS had me hooked from the off. It’s truly amazing the power of words, isn’t it? How, with an opening sentence, an author can transport you to another setting. I instantly felt cold with a sense of unease and a side order of claustrophobia as if the dark
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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 charact ...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 sh
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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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Neil Cameron
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad effort for a first one . . . . . Who am I kidding an excellent compelling complex and unputdownable read.
Melanie
Slow, slower, slowest
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 goe
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Dana
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, netgalley
What a dark crime debut this is! The setting of Inverness and the Scottish Highlands adds to the atmosphere - the bleak moors so well described. Many remote crofts and homes. The subject matter is dark and perhaps not for the faint-hearted. The twists and turns add to the tension.
DI.Monica Kennedy stands out in many ways as a lead detective - not just her height but her history, her attention to detail and her determination to solve the mystery rather than accept things at face value. A fascinat
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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
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 to
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Karen Barber
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
From the Shadows is one of those books that throws a lot at you, and you can’t help but become immersed in the world described. It’s not pleasant reading, but it’s a tense experience.
Our story really begins with the discovery of a body of a young man. A serious attack, and the autopsy reveals the boy has had a stone lodged in his throat. DI Kennedy (as the main investigator) is our focus, and we get enough snippets to know her back-story is an intriguing one. Perhaps as the first in the series w
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Anne
Nov 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I will read the next book in this series as I did enjoy this one but... I found the repeated repetitious repeats about DI Kennedy’s height really got on my nerves. She is a tall women and every single person she meets comments on it or reacts to it or there are ducking under doors... it did get a bit much. But this is a genuinely gripping story with some nice twists and turns and the Monica character has enough depth and complexity to carry a series. Plus the Highlands and Inverness area are an ...more
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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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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