“The Dead Of Winter” by Billy McLaughlin – Book Review

This was my last read of 2022 and is my first review of 2023.

Golf Road is located in an affluent suburban area of a Scottish city. As with most neighbourhoods, each front door conceals many different relationships, many secrets, lies, angst, and oftentimes misery.

The author does a great job of immersing the reader in his setting, slowly ratcheting up the suspense. With two missing children, one a teenager and the other a young baby, the residents of Golf Road are highly anxious and riddled with fear and suspicion. The pressures of everyday life and relationships was portrayed with empathy and accuracy.

The story delves into themes of rocky marriages, parenting, teenage social pressure, betrayal, guilt, and social ostracization.

The story kept me thoroughly engaged throughout and was rendered in an articulate and compelling fashion. I would not hesitate to read another of this author’s books. Recommended!

This book has been lingering on my Kindle for some time now. I purchased it from Amazon a few years ago. All opinions are my own.

ASIN:  B01MZ41OP4 – 197 pages

Billy McLaughlin is a Scottish born writer with nine books currently under his belt. Four of the books, including 2019’s serial killer thriller, ‘Four,’ are part of the DI Phil Morris Mysteries. His first full length novel, ‘Lost Girl‘. The follow up, ‘In the Wake of Death,’ has received rave reviews for it’s dark tone and psychological elements.

His most popular book came in the form of 2017’s, ‘The Dead of Winter,’ a novel that focuses as much on the broken relationships of a small community as it does the crime itself.

Billy is passionate about reading but recognizes the need for bite-sized thrillers for people who enjoy reading but simply don’t have the time.

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About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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3 Responses to “The Dead Of Winter” by Billy McLaughlin – Book Review

  1. Sheri Dye says:

    Great review! I’ll be adding this one to my TBR.

    Liked by 1 person

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