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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Walking the Lights by Deborah Andrews

Walking the Lights

Set in the 1990s in inner Glasgow I presumably think the less salubrious side, Maddie's life opens in this story on a rather squalid note. I had no hopes for either Maddie or the story and thought it was just another druggie story going from bad to worse and was rather sickened by the saga as it unfolded.

With no hope for betterment and no wanting it to be better Maddie and Mike live from moment to moment hoping to find money for their next fix, scrounging and borrowing what they could, where they could till Maddie gets an opportunity to work in the field she likes and despite all odds is able to make something of her life. Its a hard crawl out of the gutter but she does it.

For me it was reading something that belonged to an era and time I know nothing about so it was an eye opener but which I presume was true and representative of a time and people who lived the way they did!

Starting off with very negative feelings about the whole saga, my interest was piqued by the story as it progressed.

The book was sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Freight Books.  Many thanks.


  1. It sounds like this started out really bleak. I'm glad to know it redeemed itself in the end.

  2. Tartan Noir is really big in crime fiction and I feel I know all about Glasgow through various eras although I don't think I've read one set in the 90s!

  3. Glad it turned around for you. I like the setting.

  4. Looks like an intense, gritty read. Glad it turned out better towards the end. The Glasgow setting interests me.