So The Doves won The Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month after publication, and thoroughly deserved it. Beautifully written and thoughtfully constructed, it tells the story of a journalist whose sudden fall from grace leaves him confronting not only his present crises but also the secrets of his past. This novel is about what it means to be innocent or guilty. It’s about our memories and how we construct them. It’s about how we see ourselves and others. It’s the best novel I’ve read for some time and it just goes to show that we readers need to keep an eye on the indie publishers (in this case Bluemoose Books of Hebden Bridge) whose absolute stunners are out there and deserve our attention. I’m very much looking forward to reading more from Heidi James.
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