Today is the blog tour for Raging by Stephen Scarcliffe. Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours for allowing me to participate today. Check out my review and let me know what you think!
A bloody turf war is erupting between the shellsuit gangsters and the Donaldsons, while the family outcasts look to take advantage of the disorder on the streets…
Who torched Dougie Donaldson’s taxi?
Why are the bodies piling up in the high rises?
Why is a scorned figure from the past poking his nose into everyone’s business?
As things escalate, Billy Wright is forced to question who is plotting against him as he is dragged even deeper into the world he is trying to escape. George Donaldson is sucked into a bitter feud with childhood pals that forces him to answer serious doubts around his loyalties and Sean Donaldson schemes to shift the balance of power in Muirhouse, hellbent on revenge against the uncle who has frozen him out of the family drug business.
Will Billy fulfil the promise he made to girlfriend Lyndsay and leave the life of crime behind as fatherhood approaches? Can George successfully defend his old man’s territory in the face of mounting adversity? Is there any line Sean won’t cross in his quest for supremacy?
Oh, Raging was gritty! This is book two in the series but can easily be read as a standalone. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything crucial.
It took me a bit to get used to the writing style…especially the dialogue. But, once I was used to that, this story is a fast-paced dive into crime in Edinburgh in the 90s. It felt realistic and well researched. I could see being there, and following the characters.
Speaking of characters, each one was well written. I found this novel to be very character driven, which I really enjoy.
I recommend checking out Raging! I feel like I need to read book one, just because I enjoyed this one so much.
Growing up around the north of Edinburgh where the Chemical Estate book series is set lends first-hand experience and authenticity to both the story and its characters.
Around 14 years ago, and 4 pints (or more) down, I bumped into a certain Irvine Welsh in a pub in Edinburgh city centre. After giving him a copy of a short story I had written, I received a really encouraging email that spurred me on to write a novel. The process was extended somewhat by spending 10 years as the singer-songwriter for Edinburgh Alt-rock band The Number 9s, before opting to turn my main focus to writing. Two books in now with number 3 in development I hope to continue for many years to come.
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