A Heart Full of Headstones Book Review

A Heart Full of Headstones Book Review

Title: A Heart Full of Headstones
Author: Ian Rankin
Published: October 18, 2022, Little, Brown and Company
No. of Pages: 353
Cover Price: $18.99 Paperback, $18.99 Paperback

Bestselling author Ian Rankin has released the 24th installment of the popular Inspector Rebus series, A Heart Full of Headstones , which finds retired Inspector John Rebus accused of a major crime that may affect his future for the rest of his life. Inspector Siobhán Clarke, who considers Rebus her mentor, is in charge of several cases, including the disappearance of a police officer who may be a whistleblower against several retired and working police officers from an infamous department known for their corruption. Rebus is connected to the corruption and may be included in the corruption charges which date back to his days on the force.

The series is set in Scotland and the culture of the setting is a fun change. Rankin is a good storyteller, and this novel is easy to follow with plenty of surprises. Readers will wonder if their favorite Scottish protagonist is truly corrupt, and if his previous association with bent cops and crime lords will put him away. The main characters are well-developed; most readers will have read the previous novels in the series and will consider them old friends.

All told, this one isn’t Rankin’s best; the story isn’t as gripping as some of the previous novels in the series, but it is interesting and worth reading, especially for John Rebus aficionados and those who want to read thrillers with a bit of a different slant.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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