This was my first Stuart Neville book and I have to say that it was a stunner. I read this in a day and the story and characters stayed with me for a good long while.
A very dark and gritty psychological, police procedural, murder mystery. Ciaran and Thomas Devine were sentenced for the brutal murder of their foster father when they were young boys. It was Serena Flanagan who brought them to justice. Seven years later when the brothers were released there was a question mark as to which boy committed the horrific murder, the child like and softly spoken Ciaran or his older more vicious brother Thomas.
This is a brilliant, emotional, character driven thriller of the highest order. I so much want Flanagan to be happy and yet her insecurities and problems are what make Those We Left Behind a thriller not to be missed.
Neville has drawn a dark picture of Belfast during the period known as the Troubles. He leads the reader through a series of turns, never revealing too much at one time. At times unsettling, Those We Left Behind is a good read.