The Reckoning, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


It was on a beautiful morning in June 1973 that eleven-year-old Miller McAllister's world fell apart...That was the weekend that police found the remains of three missing teenage girls on the tiny Scottish island of Fidra. And that was the weekend that Miller's father, Douglas, was arrested for triple murder.

Thirty-two years later, Douglas has died in prison and Miller returns home after decades of self-imposed exile.

The McAllister family always maintained Douglas' innocence - as steadfastly as Miller maintained his guilt.

But when Miller is given the legal archive and a letter his father wrote to him just days before his death, suddenly everything looks less clear.

To excavate the past and recover the truth, Miller immerses himself in the terrible events of over thirty years ago and his family's darkest hour.

Was nothing quite as it seemed on that fateful June day?

Could Douglas McAllister have been innocent after all? And if he didn't kill the girls...who did?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780141017518



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This is the 2nd book by this relatively new British mystery writer and like The Reunion is a great mystery. Moving between memories of thirty years ago and the present, Miller McAllister seeks the truth about his adored father who had been convicted of murdering 3 teenge girls when Miller was a child of 11. His father's death brings Miller back to the coastal community in Scotland on the Fife of Forth where he grew up and where his father had been charged and convicted. Was his father the kindly wonderful father he remembered or was he a cold blooded murderer? If he was innocent who was the real murderer? The story is not only a clever reconstruction wherby Miller attempts to find the truth, but a heartbreaking story of childhood loss from which Miller has never recovered.I highly recommend that any mystery lovers give one of her books a try. She is a treasure and time will tell whether she achieves the height of Ruth Rendell, Minette Walters and other great British women mystery writers.

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This story has deeply drawn characters, a well developed atmosphere and an unusual story line. However I guessed who the guilty party was quite early in the book which spoilt it a little, nevertheless a good read.