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The Number One bestselling crime thriller from the award-winning Stuart MacBride. A bloody, brilliant and brutal story of murder, kidnap and revenge. Detective Constable Ash Henderson has a dark secret… Five years ago his daughter, Rebecca, went missing on the eve of her thirteenth birthday. A year later the first card arrived: homemade, with a Polaroid picture stuck to the front – Rebecca, strapped to a chair, gagged and terrified. Every year another card: each one worse than the last. The tabloids call him ‘The Birthday Boy’. He’s been snatching girls for twelve years, always in the run-up to their thirteenth birthday, sending the families his homemade cards showing their daughters being slowly tortured to death. But Ash hasn’t told anyone about Rebecca’s birthday cards – they all think she’s just run away from home – because if anyone finds out, he’ll be taken off the investigation. And he’s sacrificed too much to give up before his daughter’s killer gets what he deserves…

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Birthdays for the Dead
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4.1 / 5
Angry Scottish detective seeks truth.
August 3rd, 2015
Bewildering to start with but soon the light dawns that this policeman has good reason to be what he has become. A story full of anger and frustration with strong characters.
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Unbelievable Page Turner
July 17th, 2015
Absolutely brilliant read, couldn't put the book down. Stuart MacBride really know how to create a perfect picture of his characters and his stories. Just loved it!
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Very good reading would recommend it
May 15th, 2015
I enjoyed this book very much and not to spoil it, the end is quite a twister. Also Ash Henderson is quite the investigator and keeps digging until he gets all the answers.
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Birthdays for the dead
February 1st, 2015
I enjoyed this book from start to the end,some parts a bit confusing at the start can't wait for his next book
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1st but not last
January 13th, 2015
This was the first book that I've read by Stuart MacBride and it will not be the last. I could not put it down. It was pulse pounding, dark and sometimes funny keeping you on the ride to the very end.
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3 of 4 people found this helpful
Another Macbride nail biter
January 9th, 2015
Stuart Macbride just keeps on writing great thrillers with humour and suspense. I can't wait for more - a true rival to Ian Rankin.
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1 person found this helpful
Gripping but Dark
November 9th, 2014
Not a happy story but that's rarely the case with Stuart Mcbride. Well paced with enough complexity to keep you turning the pages. I recommend it.
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Mr
June 15th, 2014
Excellent read. Had trouble putting it down
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Birthdays for the Dead
March 15th, 2014
Took me a bit to get into the story, but once I did, I enjoyed it. Just didn't like the ending...
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Birthdays for the dess
January 29th, 2014
This was my first time reading a Stuart Mac bride book and loved every minute of it. It was gripping from the start and the caractors were just great. I can't wait to read more of his books. Loved it
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Another winner from MacBride
December 26th, 2013
As usual another winner from one sick Scotsman. Will definitely have to read the sequel too.
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Birthdays for the Dead
December 12th, 2013
Hmmm I found this book very difficult to follow. It wasn't until about chapter five I was able to get the hang of it. Each scene blends into the next one without showing any break so you had to slow down a bit to work out what was happening now. Poorly written in that department. Good storyline but the ending leaves it open with no idea of what happens next or no evidence of a next book. Weary to read more from this author at this point.
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Birthdays for the Dead
December 8th, 2013
My newest discovered author, enjoy his story telling.
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1 of 2 people found this helpful
Not a happy reader
December 3rd, 2013
Do not like his new way of writing. Will not buy one of his books again was a big fan when he first started. Also the ending wax abysmal and left you just hanging!
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