Long Way Home by Eva Dolan Book Review


A man is burnt alive in a shed. 

No witnesses, no fingerprints – only a positive ID of the victim as an immigrant with a long list of enemies.

Detectives Zigic and Ferreira are called in from the Hate Crimes Unit to track the killer, and are met with silence in a Fenland community ruled by slum racketeers, people-trafficking gangs and fear.

Tensions rise.
The clock is ticking.
But nobody wants to talk.


After reading the first book in the DI Zigic and DS Ferreira series, the first thing I have to say is, why has it taken me this long to discover Eva Dolan? The one good thing is that I have a few books in this series to catch up on so I’m sure that will keep me busy. I’m sure it won’t be long before I start reading the second book which I have already ordered on the back of finishing the first.

Eva Dolan’s first novel, Long Way Home delves into the criminal underworld that centres on the world of human trafficking, slave labour and the far right. At the beginning of the novel, the remains of a migrant worker are discovered in the shed of a back garden in Peterborough. Suspicion quickly falls upon the Barlows who own the property. But they are both adamant that they didn’t do anything wrong. But how could they not have realised that their shed was on fire? As Zigic and Ferreira’s (who are part of the Hate Crime Unit) investigation deepens, they uncover a web of dark secrets which have rendered those involved too frightened to speak about them.

Eva Dolan pulls no punches in her debut novel. She takes us into an abhorrent world which in the real world, vulnerable lives are sucked into every day. The detectives in this book are really engaging characters and I’m looking forward to finding out more about them when I catch up on the rest of the series. It was interesting to see how Zigic’s family life blended in with his police work and you could see the strains that it was putting on his relationship. Eva has created some really dislikeable characters in her book who will really get under your skin. There is one scene in particular which I found really horrific and I was astounded that only one person spoke up about it. It really does make you think of what must be going on right under our noses and it is horrifying that this is going on in the real world.

I always enjoy reading police procedural novels and Eva Dolan’s first novel is up there with the best, a really promising start. This is a series which I can’t wait to read more from. Eva Dolan is a really talented writer you grabs you from the first page. Highly recommended!

Publisher: Vintage

Publication date: 14th June 2014

Print length: 400 pages