Chris Brookmyre’s latest novel makes The Cut

Author Christopher Brookmyre

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Fans of author Christopher Brookmyre will be looking forward to the award-winning crime writer’s latest thriller, which hits the shops on Thursday, March 4.

The former journalist has paired an unconventional duo in 71-year-old former special effects make-up artist Millicent Spark and 18-year-old film student, Jerry.

Brookmyre has combined his usual sharp wit and dark humour, with an intimate knowledge of death metal t-shirts and horror films, in a novel that keeps you guessing, thanks to the deftly handled twists and turns, which are always one of the things I love about Brookmyre’s work.

Neither of the main characters are squeaky clean but you can’t help empathising with them as neither deserve what life has so far thrown at them.

The book kicks off with Millie immersed in the glitzy, but seedy world of low budget horror films, where she uses her talents to create realistic scenes of bloody violence.

Then, one day, she wakes to find herself at the centre of what could be one of her film sets, with her lover dead in her bed.

Twenty-five years later, her sentence for murder served, Millicent is ready to give up on her broken life – until she meets troubled Glasgow student and reluctant petty thief, Jerry. Together, they begin to discover that all was not what it seemed on that fateful night…and someone doesn’t want them to find out why.

I loved Millicent, and the fact that despite the crappy hand she was dealt and that she feels what is left of her life is not worth living, there is still a spark of the young Millie in there, and the fact that she has nothing to lose makes her, in some ways, fearless. The fact that she is the instigator of what follows, with Jerry a somewhat reluctant  accomplice just makes the book all the more interesting.

Chris Brookmyre is launching the book at an online event at 7pm on Thursday March 4, hosted by Portobello Bookshop in Edinburgh, where he will be talking to author Doug Johnstone about books, horror movies and metal.

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