Hide and Seek by Ian Rankin

My dad recently gave me the first four Inspector Rebus novels by Ian Rankin. I would probably have never read them otherwise, as I tend to like literary novels and newer thrillers, but I won’t ever turn down a free book! And so far I’m really enjoying them.

Hide and Seek is the second novel in the series (you can read my review of the first one, Knots and Crosses, here). Newly-promoted Inspector John Rebus has been taken off normal duties ready to head up a new drugs task force, but while he waits for his new job to start, he gets himself involved in someone else’s business. Another dead drug addict could easily have been mistaken for an overdose, but Rebus suspects there’s more to it than that.

Is he right? And can he get to the bottom of the mystery in a world where nobody knows anyone’s surname and memories are hazy at best?

Meanwhile, he’s meeting some of Edinburgh’s richest businessmen and most influential men, who are backing his work on drugs. The gulf between the very richest and the very poorest is huge, but are they actually so different?

This is a fast-paced novel, with all the action taking place over the course of less than a week. The ending was particularly good and I didn’t see it coming at all.

Although this lacks the drama of a Jo Nesbo (my favourite thriller author, who I’ve reviewed rather a lot on this blog!), I really enjoyed it and will definitely be continuing with the series. Now the question is, do I carry straight on with the next Rebus book or do I read something else from the ever-growing pile by my bed?

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  1. Ah I’m not sure I could read this one, a bit too much of a busman’s holiday having worked in that area for years. I’m loving your book reviews though, and I’m slowly getting to a point where I think I’ll soon have time to read. Woop!
    Nat.x

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    • Sounds like one to give a miss in that case!
      Good to hear you’re enjoying my book reviews as they are my least read posts by some considerable distance! I don’t care though as I love reading and love telling people what I think about books, so I’ll keep writing them! Here’s hoping you finally get to read soon. x

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  2. These books always remind me of my brother as he’s always reading them. I’ve never really thought about it but might need to nick one of his sometime!

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    • Apparently there’s 21 of them, so there’s plenty to keep him reading! I would definitely recommend you try one. I do love borrowing books as it often means discovering new books and it always means saving money!

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  3. This isn’t my usual genre either, but I’m feeling the need to read a couple of Ian Rankin books now. Thanks for the recommendation x

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    • Definitely worth giving them a go! I’m going to keep reading as there’s plenty more of them to go! x

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  4. Oooo see once I start a series I like to see it through, I become a tad obsessed actually. Nice to hear it has the same sort of pace as the first book! Thanks for linking with #ReadWithMe

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    • It’s difficult to know whether to see it all the way through or whether to break it up. I read the first four Harry Potter books one after the other and then had to wait for the rest to be published and I read the Millennium trilogy and Hunger Games trilogy back-to-back. There are so many of these though, that I thought I would spread them out a bit!

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  5. I have never read these style of books before. It does sound rather interesting though. I always think it is nice when you read a book you would not normal read and end up enjoying it xx

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    • I usually stumble across different genres when I borrow them from somebody else! These are very British crime books, which is not too different from the sort of thrillers I mainly read these days. x

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  6. Sounds like another enjoyable Rebus book. I like to mix things up when I’m reading a series unless it really grips me so I’d probably read something else to break it up. #readwithme

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    • I’m the same! If a story really grips me I will see it through, but usually I like to break a series up a bit. I read two of these and have read several different books since. I’ll be going back to them soon though!

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    • Thanks very much. I like an unexpected ending too 🙂

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  7. I am a huge Ian Rankin fan, although it’s been a few years the last time I read one xx
    #readwithme

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    • You’re the first person apart from my dad who has said they enjoy Ian Rankin books. Although I know they are popular!

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  8. This sounds like a great read! I’d love to read these books, I may have to add them to my ‘To Read’ list. I like fast paced books! 🙂 Thanks for sharing #ReadWithMe

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    • Thanks. It is definitely a good read 🙂

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  9. I’ve never read any of these books, always thought they weren’t my type of book but this year I am reading a lot from my usual genre so maybe they might be worth popping on to read list

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