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Logan Finch is putting his all into the capitalist and corporate dream of affluence through hard work. As a lawyer with Glasgow’s largest law firm Kennedy Boyd, he now has the penthouse and hankers after a partnership. He has a cat, but is yet to find a partner as he still pines for Penny, the one he thought was ‘the one’, but who left him, with no explanation, over twelve years ago.
As Finch prepares to close a deal with his boss Bob Crawford, DC Becky Irvine is called out to her first crime scene with Strathclyde Police CID, where she has been recently promoted. She is faced with the dead body of Penny Grant – Finch’s former girlfriend – and soon discovers that the woman’s eleven year old daughter Ellie is missing.
Moffat, with his début Daisychain, can certainly tell a story, for this is a page-turner. He quickly draws you in with emotion where the second chapter, told from Ellie’s point of view, outlines the eleven year old’s experience in a very realistic way. Later chapters focusing on Ellie also serve to connect and contract the reader with poor Ellie’s plight, stoking the tension.
Sticking with the emotional side, there is a sense that Moffat is a very proud father, drawing on his own experiences and condensing them into Finch’s realisation that he is the father of an eleven year old girl he doesn’t even know. He was not there for her development in utero, not there at her birth, not there for her first smile or word; but he does have a daughter, and his flesh and blood is in severe danger, with him the only one who can help. Or so he believes.
Thus, for a story imbued with such richness, I was a tad disappointed that it delivered less on plot and more on the chase of a thriller. This is not to say this is a bad thing, for Daisychain certainly delivers a tense, page-turning thriller and one that is a solid emotional draw. But in pursuing the gun-toting, private security firm machinations to seek and secure resolution, I feel that Daisychain ultimately becomes more of a man’s thriller than a woman’s. That said, with Moffat’s focus on the impact on the victim in Ellie, and with Finch’s response to her, we have a chase thriller that offers more depth than many others in the market today.
Fallout, Moffat’s second in this series, follows on 15 April in the UK and I will certainly be reading it.
Discover more about the author and his work here. (A very good author site.)
With thanks to Hachette Scotland for the review copy.