The 5th in the DI Morrow series by Denise Mina, “Blood, Salt and Water” is set in pre-referendum Scotland and captures the passion on both sides of the debate set alongside some dark and troubling criminal activity. Set in Helensburgh the investigation focuses on a money laundering gang and drug dealing with one of the most fascinating opening chapters I have read for a while.
Ian Fraser, identified as the murderer in the opening chapter is tortured by his actions and somehow despite the horror the reader is drawn to sympathize with him as he is unable to come to terms with the guilt he feels – the ghost of the victim inside him draws him into a dark psychotic breakdown.
Blood, Salt and Water is a novel full of so many intertwining storylines and yet we never lose sight of who is who and the reader remains at the thick of the plot;
Darkly disturbing, oppressive and one to savour indeed!