Can you ever get over the death of your sister? Or of your best friend?

 More than 30 years after 13-year-old Shona McIver was raped and murdered in Portobello, the seaside suburb of Edinburgh, the crime still casts a shadow over the lives of her brother Tom and her best friend Sarah.

“Shona had been gone for so long but the memories still came unexpectedly, sometimes like a video from the past, sometimes distorted dreams, but she was always there.”

 When modern DNA evidence shows that the wrong man was convicted of the crime, the case is reopened. So who did kill Shona? Sarah and Tom are caught up in the search for Shona’s murderer, and suspicions fall on family and friends. The foundations of Sarah’s perfect family life begin to crumble as she realises that nothing is as it appears. Dark secrets from the past are uncovered, and there is another death, before the identity of the real killer is finally revealed…

 Set in Edinburgh, the Outer Hebrides and South Africa, Sewing the Shadows Together is a thoroughly modern murder mystery that keeps the reader guessing to the end. Filled with characters who could easily be friends, family or people we work with, it asks the question:

 Do we ever really know the people closest to us?


‘An excellent debut from an accomplished writer… Compelling reading.’

Sarah Ward, author of In Bitter Chill

 ‘An emotional roller coaster of a novel. A gripping page-turner by a wonderful new writer. Part crime, part romance. I loved it.’

Tana Collins author of Care to Die.

‘Oh my, oh my!! I’ve just finished reading this book and am still reeling

from the whirlpool of emotions I’ve been through. The story sucked me

in from the very beginning and kept me pinned to my kindle till the end. ‘

Relax and Read reviews


‘A great book that had me engrossed from the start. I thought I had it, several times, but the twists and turns kept coming!

A great debut novel with characters who I identified with and rooted for and some stunning Scottish settings. ‘

Jeanette Hewit Author of Excusion Zone


‘Wow-I feel like I have been on the proverbial emotional rollercoaster! This is probably one of the best books I have read this year so far and is looking likely to be in my top 10 reads of 2016.’

Joanne Robertson My Chestnut Reading Tree Blog

‘It was hard to believe this is a debut. It was so beautifully and patiently written – the pacing was exquisite. No twisty tricky cheap revelations here – just the reader making discoveries they feel only they’re made. It was all about the how the realistic characters coped with and felt about events unfolding. They were flawed people, but they found their ways into my heart. One not to miss.’

Louise Beech Author of How to be Brave


‘The emotion that poured from the pages had my head spinning at times! I went from one extreme to the other–grief, sadness, anger, frustration, relief, happiness…you name it, I felt it when reading… It was MORE than a book…it was a journey of pure story-telling at its finest! I now want to visit Portobello and travel in the footsteps of these characters!’

Noelle Holton Crime Book Junkie


‘This is a brilliant tightly-plotted debut. It’s not a police procedural, but rather a thriller with many twists and turns to lead the reader off track. It’s thought-provoking and will keep you guessing until the end.’

Vicki Goldman Off the shelf book reviews