For seven years the police have been hunting The Birthday Boy, a serial killer who abducts girls just before their 13th birthday and tortures them to death, sending the families a gruesome birthday card every subsequent year.
One of the victims is D.C. Ash Henderson’s daughter Rebecca; everyone thinks she ran away from home, but only Ash knows the truth. A truth he needs to keep hidden until he can find the killer. And make him pay. Birthdays for the Dead is Stuart MacBride’s new stand-alone novel, set in the fictional town of Oldcastle in Eastern Scotland. It is without doubt his most brutal book to date, both in the relentless depiction of violence and the fate of the characters - main protagonists, victims and suspects.