Holding by Graham Norton

HoldingHolding by Graham Norton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Being a massive fan of Graham Norton fan and having read his autobiography which I loved. Imagine my excitement when I heard he had wrote a crime novel. I was be-hound excited and couldn’t wait to get stuck in.

Written in two parts and set in a remote Irish village of Duneen. We meet Sergeant PJ Collins hasn’t always been this overweight; mother of­ two Brid Riordan hasn’t always been an alcoholic; and elegant Evelyn Ross hasn’t always felt that her life was a total waste. Human Suspected of Tommy Burke are discovered on an old farm. A former­ love of both Brid and Evelyn – We follow a story has the village’s dark past begins to unravel. And PJ stuggles to solve the case has he he unearths a community’s worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.

The story draws you in from the start and keeps you guessing until the end. This story is certainly full of mystery and I love how it is written. Graham certainly has a hidden talent for writing that’s for sure. I loved the setting and the descriptions in this story making me feel part of the story. Holding is a nice steady pasted story with a story that flowed and pieces together. Not like the normal fast paced gritty crime I normally read. And to be totally honest I found this a very refreshing change.

There is some humor in this story but not has much has I would of expected with Graham having such a wicked sense of humor. But having said that, this is a crime novel not a romantic comedy.

The characters are easy to relate to and realistic and I really hope there is more to come from PJ and get to know his character more.

I highly recommend this giving it 4 stars. Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton and Netgalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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