Sewing The Shadows Together by Alison Baillie – Book Review



Do we ever really know the people closest to us?

More than thirty years after thirteen-year-old Shona McIver was raped and murdered in Portobello, the seaside suburb of Edinburgh, the crime still casts a shadow over the lives of her brother Tom and her best friend Sarah.

When modern DNA evidence reveals that the wrong man was convicted of the crime, the case is reopened. So who did kill Shona?

Soon Sarah and Tom find themselves caught up in the search for Shona’s murderer, and everyone is a suspect.

The foundations of Sarah’s perfect family life begin to crumble as she realises that nothing is as it appears.

Dark secrets from the past are about to emerge, but can they uncover the truth before the killer strikes again?



Tom has travelled from South Africa to Scotland to fulfil his mother’s dying wish to have her ashes sprinkled on her home island is Eriskay. Returning to Scotland brings back the awful memories of the murder of his sister, Shona, 30 years ago….

While in Edinburgh, He agrees to attend a school reunion and catches up with old friends….Rory who is now a successful TV host and his wife Sarah….Shona’s best friend…

Sarah’s perfect life is falling apart, she does everything to keep everyone happy….but at what cost to her?

This is a story of the murder of a 13 year old girl forty years ago, that is brought back to the fore by recent events……just who killed Shona ? Who let an innocent man get sent to jail for 30 years ?

The characters are nicely rounded and the majority likeable…..the others, well I felt I knew some of them personally !! 

This has love, betrayal and secrets amongst families and those closest to us in the wonderfully emotive and expressive writing by Alison Baillie……just how far would you go to protect your family and reputation? A simmering, twisty tale full of suspense and I can recommend it without reservation.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. 








Alison Baillie was born in Scarborough of Scottish parents and lived in County Durham, Somerset and the Yorkshire Dales before going to university in Scotland. She then taught English in several Edinburgh secondary schools before moving to Switzerland where she still lives now. She’s taught English as a Foreign Language in Finland and Switzerland.

When she stopped teaching full-time, she fulfilled a life-time ambition and wrote Sewing the Shadows Together, a psychological suspense novel inspired in part by events when she was teaching in Scotland. She is fascinated by the way we are influenced by the events of our past and has now written a second novel, A Fractured Winter, set in Switzerland, Scotland and Yorkshire.

She has two sons and three grandchildren and is proud of their international roots, having a mixture of Scottish, Swiss, Polish and Finnish heritage. As well as spending time with them, she loves travelling, walking in the mountains and by the sea, reading and writing.

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2 responses to “Sewing The Shadows Together by Alison Baillie – Book Review”

  1. Just grabbed myself a copy of this – Love finding new reads based in Scotland!

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    1. I’m sure you’ll love it 😊


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