Today I’m sharing my thoughts on the latest book in the DCI Daley series by Denzil Meyrick, For Any Other Truth. I’ve really enjoyed catching up with Daley and Scott over recent months, so it’s a bittersweet moment to reach this point as it’s also the last book (for now) by the author that I have to read and review. Here’s what the book is all about:
About the Book
When a light aircraft crash-lands at Machrie airport, DCI Jim Daley and his colleague Brian Scott rush to the scene. But it soon becomes clear that both occupants of the plane were dead before take-off …
Meanwhile in Kinloch, local fisherman Hamish is unwittingly dragged into danger when he witnesses something he shouldn’t, and hotel manager Annie is beginning to suspect her new boss may not be as he first appeared.
And just as Chief Superintendent Carrie Symington thinks she has finally escaped the sins of her past, she finds herself caught in an even deadlier trap.
As the action spills across the sea to County Antrim – all under the scrutiny of the Security Service – the search is on for any other truth.
Denzil Meyrick – what did you just do?!? Wowsers. This book should come with a warning attached. Something akin to ‘This book may cause serious irregularities in your heart rate and leave you an emotional wreck by the final page’. This book really hit the spot for me, for all the right, and all the wrong, reasons. And that may sound a bit strange, but just trust me. If you are a fan of the series and you have read this book you will understand. If you are new to the series and still have the roller coaster of a journey to take with our intrepid heroes then prepare yourself. This book hits fast and it hits hard.
This is perhaps one of the most personal stories yet for the team, the central investigation touching the lives of more than one of them in ways that even they couldn’t have foreseen. And it’s not just Scott and Daley under fire this time – Carrie Symington, Hamish, Scott’s family and all of the wider community of Kinloch are at the heart of this tale and the emotional toll of what happens has far reaching consequences. I don’t want to say too much about that but I have to be honest, I was left a little bit floored by the final scenes from the book. In a way Denzil Meyrick does prepare us for what will come. There is an undercurrent of tragic inevitability that permeates the narrative from start to finish, but still. It’s a hard heart that isn’t moved by what happens in this book. The author has conveyed a very difficult and emotive subject in a considered but impactful way.
Beyond the emotional toll exerted by this story, there is also a real sense of jeopardy and race against time to stop what could be a truly devastating act of terrorism. All of our favourite characters are seemingly caught up in this case in one way or another, although it is Scott, Symington and Hamish who bear the brunt of its impact. Past events come back to haunt some, and personal revelations inform the lives of others. It is interesting to witness Scott in the role of father, as well as husband and Detective, and it’s fair to say that he needs to work on understanding his son as well as he seems to the criminal mind. And as for Hamish … well lets just say he is really put through the ringer on this one, but his presence of mind and determined nature are going to come to the fore here. I do love Hamish – he’s a brilliant character – but what happens in the book is enough to test the spirit of even our most hardy of Kinloch residents.
The book’s pacing is spot on, fluctuating between the adrenalin pumping moments of high risk and the quieter scenes where the sense of tragedy seems to slowly build. The switch between the two is flawless but the effect is intense, causing me to feel a mixture of apprehension, anger, and sadness, as well as the usual injection of humour just when it’s needed. There may be less of it this time around, and when you read the book you will understand why, and the book has a slightly darker tone than some of its predecessors. But for me it was also one of the best. Yes – it’s a life changing moment for the people of Kinloch, a community that will no doubt take time to recover, but for fans of this fabulous crime series, it is another winner. A high stakes, action filled investigation, just as we’ve come to expect, but with a deep emotional core that will last in your memory for a very long time.
Loved and hated it in equal measure. Definitely recommended.
About the Author
Denzil Meyrick was educated in Argyll, then after studying politics, joined Strathclyde Police, serving in Glasgow. After being injured and developing back problems, he entered the business world, and has operated in many diverse roles, including director of a large engineering company and distillery manager, as well as owning a number of his own companies, such as a public bar and sales and marketing company. Denzil has also worked as a freelance journalist in both print and on radio.