In an alley way of the back streets of Glasgow there lies a decomposing corpse of a slain female baking in the midday heat. No one has found her yet, but medium Patrick McLaughlin knows she is there. It is not the first time he has dreamt of death... and he soon finds out that it is not to be the last.
Meanwhile, the local police start to request DNA samples from twenty something men in the bustling city of Glasgow where several bizarre murders have taken place.
Through a hunch and in the belief that the terrifying dreams hold the key to the identity of the murderer, Patrick works alongside the police to track down the predator before they can strike again.
The nightmares do not ease up and begin to tear at Patricks sanity and in the midst of the investigation, at what cost would Patrick have to pay to stop the killer striking again? His friends? His family? His life?
Beyond Evidence is the first supernatural thriller in the Patrick McLaughlin series by Emma Clapperton, followed by Henderson Manor. I'm generally not a fan of ghost stories and so I was not quite sure what to expect, but I must say that on the whole I finished up quite satisfied by this read.
Set in Glasgow, the book starts off with the murder of a young woman in a backstreet alley. We soon learn that this is just one of a number of similar murders taking place there. We are then introduced with the main characters Patrick McLaughlin and his fiancee Jodie Jenkins, both psychics. They have the ability to communicate with the dead. They see visions, speak to, hear and dream of the dead.
Patrick begins to suffer from frequent, terrifying nightmares in which he sees contorted women trying to pass him some message. Reading news of the latest murder, he immediately makes a connection. The women he sees in his dreams have been murdered! He contacts the police and in come D.S. Preston and D.C. Lang. These are sceptic but desperate for a lead on these murders, decide to give Patrick a chance to work with them.
We do know the killer’s identity and his motive behind the killings early on in the book. He is surely determined to continue in his killing spree. Will the police with Patrick's help trace him on time before he murders even more women? Will the spirits of the murdered women be able to finally rest in peace? How far is Patrick prepared to go to release himself of the plight of these spirits?
For a debut novel this was a very good book. It is quite pacey, with realistic characters and dialogue, twists and turns and ongoing suspense. Patrick and Jodie are very likeable, intriguing characters who are also featured in other books by the author. I would maybe have liked to learn more about the two detectives and their lives and work as even though they are interesting characters, I think the author did not go into enough depth about them and their part in the investigation. Other than that I really enjoyed reading this book right up to the end.
With thanks to Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound books for inviting me to take part in the blog tour of this book.