Title: Bodily Harm
Author: Charlie Gallagher
Page Count/Review Word Count: 268
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It’s not that it didn’t sound good – it’s just that I’ve received a lot of ‘iffy‘ books of late, and for the first couple of pages of Bodily Harm, I was worried that it was about to happen again. And then it got pretty good, pretty quickly, and I soon realised that I’d underestimated it.
In fact, it reminded me of something that I’m trying to achieve with some of my own work – it was a detective/crime novel which didn’t spend too much time going into the backstory, concentrating instead of packing as much plot in as possible. My upcoming series is more like Miss Marple meets Douglas Adams, but Gallagher has made Roy Grace bump into…well, actually, I don’t have a comparison here.
Bodily Harm isn’t amazing – it’s not the kind of book that will blow your mind or have you re-reading it a dozen times – but it is still a solid thriller, worth reading purely because of its length. If it was any longer, it wouldn’t be as good. But at this length, it’s the sort of book that you can pick up and work your whole way through in just a single day if you’re not careful. Sometimes that’s a good thing and sometimes that’s a bad thing. Only you can decide what kind of book it is that you’re looking for.