Skip to content

Behind Dead Eyes

Behind Dead Eyes by Howard Linskey

As seen:

By Howard Linskey

avg rating

1 review

An unidentifiable murder victim may be the missing piece of the puzzle for a massive expose that journalist Helen Norton is writing about the links between politics, business and crime in the north-east. Her former colleague Tom Carney receives a letter from a convicted murderer who insists he is innocent.


12 Jul 2016


I found Behind Dead Eyes a bit of a slow book to get into, however it did pick up as the novel went on. I loved the fact it is set in the North East; having local places referenced was lovely and especially helped with visualisation of the setting.

The characters were likeable and interesting, and their interaction helped to forward the story; they’re quite a force to be reckoned with and I love how Linskey didn’t go straight in for the obvious relationships.

The ending left me a little cold, as I thought it was both overly dramatic for one twist, and anti-climactic for a different section of the storyline. I think for me personally, I was hoping for a different result. However, I suppose it suits its purpose for the angle the author was trying to present, but I didn’t like the injustice of it all.

It does work as a standalone novel, but I do wish I’d read the previous book as a starting point, however, I would definitely pick up the next in the trilogy. Perhaps my satisfying ending will be in that one!

From the noticeboard

View our other programmes