Caro Ramsey’s first book, Absolution, is a many layered novel. It doesn’t simply deal with a cold killer who is gutting young women in Glasgow, but also with the personal demons of the man who has been placed in charge of the investigation - whilst examining how they slowly begin to unravel his very psyche. McAlpine strikes us as a very sad creature because, despite the twenty year gap, he is still stuck in 1984, still a young PC and still by the bedside of a woman who’s face has been burnt off by acid and with whom he is rapidly falling in love. McAlpine is portrayed as a man who is in love with the notion of love - and yet cannot cope with the reality of the emotion that he receives from his long suffering wife who appears understanding beyond the point of belief.
The story flows along nicely and would, no doubt, very easily transfer onto the TV screen. This would be a perfect substitute now that the gritty Prime Suspect series has finally been laid to rest. The identity of the killer isn’t really a surprise - but the journey to the conclusion is certainly entertaining. Absolution is a very clear winner by a stunning new author who we trust has many more aces up her sleeve, and will be thrilling her growing legion of readers for many years to come.