From the cover: When Robbie Fraser receives an anonymous note saying 'Your father has disappeared' he is shocked beyond belief. As far as he knows, he has no father. Robbie travels to a small Scottish fishing village to find the man he never knew, but he is met with hostility and the claustrophobic insularity of a small-town community. Only Heather McBain seems to want to befriend him, and from her he learns of the bitter rivalry between their fathers. As she and Robbie start asking questions, buried secrets come to light which could destroy them all.
I really enjoyed this book; it was different, with lots of atmosphere and absorbing characters to get into, plus a bit of a twist when you thought you had it all worked out.
What is amazing is that Molly Jackson is really SAS soldier, Chris Ryan. Ryan was a part of the Bravo Two Zero operation during the first Gulf War. Along with fellow soldier-turned-writer Andy McNab, the eight-man patrol was sent behind Iraqi lines to destroy mobile Scud launchers.
It may be his first romance but Ryan, 47, insists it will also be his last. "It took me two years to get it right,' he said. I tend to stick to a subject that I'm comfortable with but I wanted to see if I could do a classic family saga. I won't be doing it again. If it taught me something, it was don't go out of your comfort zone, so I think I'll stick to writing about what I know."
Ryan has written more than two dozen books, including ten in the Alpha Force adventure series which is aimed at teenage readers. The UK-born writer's best-known character is Geordie Sharpe, an SAS sergeant who does battle with the IRA, the Russians, and the Iraqis.