The Undiscovered Deaths of Grace McGill by C. S. Robertson #BookReview


When people die alone and undiscovered, it’s her job to clean up what’s left behind – whether it’s clutter, bodily remains or dark secrets.

When an old man lies undetected in his flat for months, it seems an unremarkable life and an unnoticed death. But Grace knows that everyone has a story and that all deaths mean something more.

My thoughts on The Undiscovered Deaths of Grace McGill

I’m not sure what I expected from The Undiscovered Deaths of Grace McGill other than a (potentially) good piece of crime writing – something I read a lot and can’t every seem to get enough of. And, for the first half of the book, that’s what I got. Grace – who has the rather gruesome job of cleaning up after bodies are discovered long after they’ve passed – seems like your typical heroine. Loyal, hard-working, hard done-by. She goes unnoticed in life, just like the people she cleans up after – even when she tries to tell the police that there is something strange in the death scenes she is being sent to.

Then, just over half-way (at 62% to be precise – I read this on my kindle), there is a twist in the tale that turns everything you think you’ve been reading on its head. I won’t say what it is (spoilers) but it takes what was feeling like a nice, pleasant, slightly sleepy, read, into something much more interesting. I was reminded, in a way of I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh – that lulling of the reader into a false sense of security before hitting you in the face with something that seems obvious.

So, the twist is why I liked this book as much as I did. But I also enjoyed reading about Grace and how she comes into her own as the book progresses. And I liked the writing style. There was something ‘easy’ but not typical in C. S. Robertson’s style. It’s this type of thing that keeps me reading crime fiction / mystery / suspense. Because when it’s good, it’s hard to beat. And that was the case here. 4.5/5 stars (just because of one scene that didn’t sit ‘right’ with me and which took me out of the book for a little while).


Emma x

Please note: I received a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, feelings, and opinions are my own.

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