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The Last Winter of Dani Lancing [Kindle Edition]

P.D. Viner
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Something very bad happened to Dani Lancing.

Twenty years later, her father is still trying to get her to talk.

Her best-friend has become a detective, the last hope of all the lost girls.

And her mother is about to become a killer…

A hauntingly original debut that will stay with you long after the last page.

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"Brilliant! P.D. Viner's writing is audacious, clever and bold. I think he'll go far" -- Sophie Hannah "An exciting thriller that is also deeply moving. A hugely impressive debut" -- Mark Billingham "Genuinely intriguing" -- Laura Wilson The Guardian "An entertaining thriller, but also a moving examination of loss, memory and morality" Sunday Mirror "THE LAST WINTER OF DANI LANCING marks the debut of a major new voice in crime fiction. P.D. Viner has crafted a deeply textured psychological thriller that reveals, layer by tragic layer, the damage wrought by a single act of homicide. A remarkably assured debut and a thrilling read. Look forward to more" -- Michael Harvey

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A hauntingly original literary crime debut - this year's S. J. Watson...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2139 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D8X55MY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,812 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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P. D. Viner is an award-winning filmaker and playwright who has studied and worked in the United States, New Zealand, Russia and his native UK. He created the range of best-selling audiobooks for Shakespeare and the classics: The SmartPass Guides.
He lives in Brighton, UK with his American wife (the academic linguist, blogger and commentator Lynne Murphy)and his five year old daughter.
His debut,The Last Winter of Dani Lancing, is his first murder. The novella The Sad Man, is his second. He will kill again.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing new voice in crime fiction 14 Sept. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I must admit that when I started reading The Last Winter of Dani Lancing, my initial reaction was one of "Oh no, not another `I see ghosts' type of book", but thankfully this impression was quickly dispelled and this proved itself to be a really quite clever and compelling read...

What I loved particularly about this book was the way that the story gradually unfolded with more than one or two surprises along the way. This could so easily have devolved into a very linear tale of the lives of those in the shadows of loss- Dani's parents and her closest friend Tom- and consequently been a little dull. However, thanks to the skill of Viner's writing and his control of the pace, the reader is constantly wrong-footed, as the details of Dani's brief life are revealed and the totally surprising consequences of her murder, as evinced by the actions of her mother on the man she believes culpable, and the undertaking of a career in the police force of her friend Tom in the wake of his personal loss. These two characters in particular, carry the weight of the novel, as the death of Dani reverberates through, and dictates their actions, and both characters are incredibly empathetic as the strands of their stories are unveiled. Dani's father acts as a foil to the more extreme actions of the aforementioned, and Viner skilfully depicts the sad image of a man bereft, trying to hold onto his memories of his daughter by conversing with her and seeking to come to terms with his personal loss. The depth of feeling conveyed in these passages is really quite heartrending, especially set against the more vital actions of her mother and Tom.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Skilfully written and intriguing... 30 Sept. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Twenty years on from the rape and murder of Dani Lancing, the people who loved her are still suffering the profound after-effects. Jim, the father to whom she was so close, has retreated into a fantasy world where his closest companion is Dani's ghost - whether real or a product of Jim's grief is left very much to the reader to decide. Tom had loved Dani since they were children and has devoted his career in the police to trying to bring to justice men who murder women. But Dani's mother wants revenge and has spent the intervening years trying to find out who killed her daughter. Now with advances in forensic science, the case is about to be reopened...

This is a skilfully written and intriguing crime novel and it undoubtedly held my interest throughout. The characterisation of all the main players is very strong and the author gives a credible portrayal of how grief has affected them differently. Dani is a complex character - we see her through Jim's eyes as the perfect golden child, but we also gradually get to know the other darker side of her life through flashbacks and from other people's accounts of her. The story looks fairly straightforward in the beginning but becomes increasingly complex as Viner introduces twists and turns along the way.

I've seen some hugely enthusiastic reviews of this book and to a large extent I agree with them. However I found some aspects of the story stretched my credulity too far, particularly towards the end, and my initial belief in and empathy for the characters became increasingly hard to maintain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vivacious, bold and memorable.. 16 Oct. 2013
By Cheryl M-M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the kind of book that grabs your attention and doesn't let go.
Viner has created a fresh and distinctive piece, which was a pleasure to read.
I enjoyed the time skipping. Viner managed to let the times flow into each other with such perfect fluidity
Going from past to present and spending time in Jim Lancing's head. Not that the reader is completely sure whether it is reality or not or whether they are actually taking place in his head. Is he having conversations with a ghost or are the entire dialogues happening in his mind?
It is a very compelling read that reels the reader in like a fish on the end of a hook.
The tone and emotional setting throughout reminded me of the Lovely Bones. The scenes between Dani and her father are especially heart-wrenching. The story focuses on the loss of Dani and the impact it has on the lives and decisions of the people left behind.
As is quite common the parents have the image of their innocent child in their heads and are unprepared for the darker adult elements that are revealed. It is hard to relate to the adult their child has become.
Viner keeps it riveting and simultaneously frustrating because he puts the reader behind a glass window looking through onto the story. He reveals information that the characters know but the reader has been kept in the dark about. It is often like someone opening the doors of an Advent-calendar during December, always expecting a surprise and never knowing what it might be.
Patty was the person I related to the most. I could feel her anger and need for vengeance. I understood the need to hurt, punish and possibly kill the person who murdered her daughter.
Overall I thought it was a breath of fresh air and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.
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Fantastic storyline and interesting concept.
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I loved this book,which kept me guessing till the end. Phil Viner is a superb writer .I am looking forward to the next book.
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