In a reimagined contemporary Edinburgh, in which a tectonic fault has opened up to produce a new volcano in the Firth of Forth, and where tremors are an everyday occurrence, volcanologist Surtsey makes a shocking discovery.
On a clandestine trip to The Inch – the new volcanic island – to meet Tom, her lover and her boss, she finds his lifeless body, and makes the fatal decision to keep their affair, and her discovery of his corpse secret.
Desperate to know how he died, but also terrified she’ll be exposed, Surtsey s life quickly spirals into a nightmare when someone makes contact – someone who claims to know what she’s done…
I’ve read quite a lot of Doug’s previous novels, which I have enjoyed, but this one had me a tad nervous, with it’s ‘re-imagining’ of Edinburgh, but I need not have worried. I found it far easier than I believed it would be to envisage the setting, but Johnstone’s writing made it simple for me.
Faultlines is a slow burn novel, written tightly. There is no single piece of ‘filler’ in there at all, every word moves the narrative along brilliantly, which is a bigger challenge than you might think. This style meant that it only took me a handful of hours to read with only time for sipping a drink to move my eyes away from my Kindle screen.
Definitely not one to read on your bus / train journey as you’ll likely miss your stop.