Welcome to my spot on the tour for The Sound of Sirens by Ewan Gault. Thank you to Love Books Group for the review copy and the spot on the tour. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
In a dead-beat coastal town in North East Scotland, seventeen-year-old Malky Campbell is desperate to help his pregnant and heroin addicted girlfriend.
DI Stark, a middle-aged detective, alarmed by the rise of teenage crime in Port Cawdor, uncovers the operations of a county line gang that are flooding the area with drugs and engaging in a vicious turf war with a local family.
Malky has just started working on his family’s trawler with his cousin Johnny, when their boat pulls up Johnny’s brother in its nets. The rest of the crew, the tightly-knit community and the police start to suspect that the cousins are responsible for his death.
With his brother dead, Johnny inherits the family trawler, which he plans to use to smuggle drugs into the country for the county line gang, giving him enough money to start a new life.
Ewan Gault’s debut, The Sound of Sirens is a tough, modern crime novel, presenting the complexities of young life in a town at the end of the line.
The Sound of Sirens is a dark, gritty, and gripping read that kept me invested from the beginning to the end. I loved the pacing and the flow of the story, as dark as it gets, it is still very compelling.
The characters are engaging and well rounded. Some likable, some not as much, but still feel very real and relatable.
There are a lot of dark, tragic themes in this book surrounding drugs and neglect. However, as I said before, the pacing is perfect and keeps the reader engaged. The visuals are absolutely incredible.
The Sound of Sirens is a gripping read that I enjoyed and would recommend.
Thank you to Love Books Tours for the free review copy. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
Ewan Gault is the author of the novel ‘The Most Distant Way’ and numerous short stories that have appeared in anthologies and magazines including New Writing Scotland and Gutter.
In his new crime novel ‘The Sound of Sirens’, a body is dredged up in a trawler’s nets bringing with it submerged secrets to the surface. Extracts from the novel have won the Fish Knife Award and the Toulmin Prize.
He works as an English teacher in a sixth form college in Tottenham.
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