‘Brilliant visceral writing with terrific pace, this book grips you like a vice from the very first line and never lets you go’ PETER JAMES
A brilliantly breath-taking thriller with twists you’ll never see coming. The start of a new series from international bestseller Arne Dahl.
Someone is watching.
At each abandoned crime scene there's a hidden clue: a tiny metal cog, almost invisible to the naked eye. Someone is sending Detective Sam Berger a message, and that someone knows that only he will understand the cryptic trail.
When another teenaged girl disappears without trace, Sam must convince his superiors that they’re dealing with a serial kidnapper and possible killer. As the police continue the hunt to find the latest kidnap victim, Sam is forced to unearth long buried personal demons – he has no choice if he is to understand the brute’s darkly personal message before time runs out. Somebody is killing just for him.
I was really intrigued by the premise of this book - a crime scene containing cryptic clues. Of course the book had to have some scene setting before the story began properly, but I was getting impatient to find out what the clues were and how they would be solved. Therefore the beginning for me was a little too drawn out.
I didn't have to wait too long though before a great plot unfolded. Sam is investigating the disappearance of a 15 year old girl and he is convinced it is tied to other disappearances. He thinks he has the lead he needs but it only leads to him becoming a suspect in the disappearances.
This books is o very clever with lots of little twists and turns along the way. The plot in some ways reminds me of a modern Sherlock Holmes story. The writing is so descriptive that I felt the tension at every turn, especially in the interview room.
Once the story really takes off there was no stopping me - I was turning the pages as fast I could to try and second guess this story. However, it's so unusual that I had no idea where it was going to end. Which brings me to the end - what a cliffhanger. I don't do spoilers so I will leave you to read the book blind as I did - you will want more.
A distinctive author, I will be reading more of his books.
I'm giving this book 4 out of 5 stars - mainly due to the slow start.
My thanks to Netgalley for a copy of the book to review.
Four friends. One promise. But someone isn't telling the truth. The twisting new mystery from bestselling phenomenon Ruth Ware.
The text message arrives in the small hours of the night. It’s just three words: I need you. Isa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most significant days of her life at boarding school on the marshes there, days which still cast their shadow over her.
At school Isa and her three best friends used to play the Lying Game. They competed to convince people of the most outrageous stories. Now, after seventeen years of secrets, something terrible has been found on the beach. Something which will force Isa to confront her past, together with the three women she hasn't seen for years, but has never forgotten.
Theirs is no cosy reunion: Salten isn't a safe place for them, not after what they did. It’s time for the women to get their story straight…
This books reads very differently from the previous novel by Ruth Ware "The Woman in Cabin 10". It begins with Isa receiving a text saying "I need you" and that is enough for her to take off back to Salten where her old boarding school was.
We then have some flashbacks to how Isa met her three friends Kate, Fatima and Thea on the way to Boarding school and who basically became a version of mean girls, with their little clique and their "lying game". This aspect of the novel turned me off and I wasn't comfortable with some of the antics they got up to. Did I really want to read about a pack of spoilt brats.
However the book comes back to the present day and Isa now has a 6 month old baby Freya who I feared for whilst reading the book - she really has a few harrowing experiences as well as being hawked around on various trains and all manner of people looking after her.
The tension of the book for me began to build when the friends realise that they may lose their careers over what happened 17 years ago and most of all that Isa could lose Freya. Coupled with the house they are staying in basically being swallowed slowly by the sea and sounding like something out of the Hounds of the Baskervilles with all the dark marshes around them.
Unfortunately because of the "lying game" I didn't have much sympathy for any of the characters and the book was beginning to drag on. Then suddenly there was a game changer for me and I actually needed to find out who did what and why. The book unexpectedly exploded with unspoken deeds from the past that began to shape a different path than the one I originally thought the book was taking.
I'm giving this book 4 out of 5 stars and my thanks go to Netgalley for a copy of the book for review.
A missing husband. Mysterious calls. And the biggest lie of them all. Read with caution - you may never want to answer your phone again...
Will and Amanda Thorn are living the dream until, one day, their phone rings. Within 24 hours, Will is missing and Amanda’s world is shattered. Who was on the phone? Where has Will gone?
Amanda is determined to find her husband and is drawn into a world of drug dealers, criminal masterminds and broken promises.
As the truth becomes clearer, she has to face the terrible possibility that she may never have known her husband at all...
From the description this book appears to have all the elements to be a real page turner. It certainly started out like that but my interest began to wain slightly when the fact that her husband had disappeared dragged on and on with no seemingly way forward.
However, this did change around half way through the book as we begin to learn more about Will and his past and also that Amanda is not as squeaky clean and innocent as we first thought. She is in fact a hacker! This really forms the basis for how Amanda begins to be able to track her husband down.
The book then goes into the realms of fantasy a little but I stuck with it and it did once again become quite the page turner. Turn pages I did at quiet a pace as there is a lot of descriptive writing that really doesn't add to the story. There is also a sub story with Amanda and her ex-boyfriend who conveniently is a policeman and so this aids the story line.
I did struggle at the beginning of the book to decide if this was set in England or the USA, I like to set the scene in my mind. I'm not sure if Carys Jones is American but I would guess she is based on the fact that her Scottish character talks about driving a shift stick - which we would call a gear stick and also the "police precinct" another term not used in the UK. Minor points but grated with me.
Overall this book does have a good story line and there is now a sequel too.
I'm giving this book 3 out of 5 stars. My thanks to Netgalley for a copy to review.
From the author of Truly Madly Guilty and The Husband's Secret comes a novel about the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
Jane hasn't lived anywhere for longer than six months since her son was born five years ago. She keeps moving in an attempt to escape her past. Now the idyllic coastal town of Pirriwee has pulled her to its shores and Jane feels as if she finally belongs. She finds friends in the feisty Madeline and the incredibly beautiful Celeste, two women with seemingly perfect lives - and their own secrets. But at the start of a new term, an incident involving the children of all three women occurs in the playground, causing a rift between them and other parents. Minor at first but escalating fast, until the whispers and rumours become vicious and spiteful, and the truths blur into lies. It was always going to end in tears, but no one thought it would end in murder . . .
I've read a few of Liane Moriarty's books now and loved them, and this was no exception. Written in a slightly different style than her other books. It flips back and forth but also there are inserted into the story the viewpoint of witnesses perception of what they think happened on "the trivia night". This really adds to the tension of what on earth did happen that night.
The book counts down from six months before the night up until the night itself and then the present day. Through this time we get to know each of the characters and find out more than their so called friends do about them and their lives.
Liane paints such a realistic picture of the small community and how the parents all interact at the school. I found the Blonde bombs parents as they are nicknamed hilarious and I am sure true to life. The small minded busy bodies who begin with other parents to make life very uncomfortable for one of the parents after a playground incident - but did it really happen the way it seems to have done?
Although you know from the outset that there has been a murder I kept wondering who it was that was dead, and I never worked it out. A few twists some nice, some not so nice and it was a pleasant change not to have been able to see them coming.
I'm giving this book four out of five stars. Only because I felt it was a little long for my taste.
My thanks go to Netgalley for a free copy of the book to review.