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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (4 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847392482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847392480
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 740,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I absolutely loved TWISTED WING. It was so gripping, and I was both desperate and reluctant to get to the end. I found it scary, tantalisingly unpredictable and very, very hard to put down'
-- SOPHIE HANNAH

'A gruesome series of murders at Ariel College, Cambridge, leaves everyone baffled. Psychiatrist Matthew Denison thinks the culprit's identity is known by troubled student Olivia Corscadden - but can he get her to reveal all? Horror fans will love this thriller. 4 stars' --Star Magazine

About the Author

In her early thirties, Ruth Newman lives in Cambridge where she works as a Web editor for the University Business School. TWISTED WING is her first novel.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Reader 11 on 19 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm afraid I have to disagree with all the other reviews here. Yes, the central idea is fantastic - but what about the writing?

The first half of the book, in particular, is terrible. I found it impossible to `see' the action happening, and to get into the world of the story, because the author failed to paint a picture of anything - settings, characters, situations etc. I'm not someone who likes a lot of description - I just need to be able to visualise things. For example, a crucial crime scene is described as a room up a staircase in Ariel College - `a room bustling with people' - and that's it. In my mind's eye I imagined some sort of common room, but later discovered it was a bedroom.

There was a lot of this kind of confusion. I assumed that the body Denison and Weathers looked at in the first chapter was that of Amanda because the investigators kept asking people about their relationships with her - but I later realised that Amanda died years earlier.

This bit of text illustrates the general confusion created by the bad writing throughout the book:

`...Parrish was sitting on the last step of the victim's staircase.'
`So either he saw the killer...' said Denison.
`... or he is the killer,' finished Ames.
`Not necessarily,' protested Halloran... `The rooms on the south side of the building have windows out into the street.'
`Or,' said Weathers. `The killer could have hidden...'

At first I wondered what relevance the windows had to this character maybe being the killer. Then I realised that the `Not necessarily' speech by Halloran is a real howler of a non-sequitur. To correct this, the remarks by Denison and Ames need to be switched (`So either he is the killer...'/ `...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marham VINE VOICE on 10 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
I agree with "Lone Voice". This is a terrible book. The best part was the blurb on the back and after that it went downhill. To even try to like this book you have to have a complete suspension of belief. The plot is absurd. The characters have no depth and resd as if they had come from the pages of a comic and a bad one at that. A complete waste of time. I can only wonder how this came to be published.
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I love this type of psychological thriller - usually - and couldn't wait to read this book. It started off well and the plotline gripped me, but after a while I started to lose interest, and I also became quite confused. The storyline jumped around a good deal which was incredibly irritating, and I wasn't given information that as the reader, I thought was essential. It was only as I struggled on to the end of the book that I realised why everything was so confusing with so many apparently loose ends - it was because any extra information would have made it very easy to guess who the serial killer was quite early on. Sorry I can't explain this any better, but I don't want to spoil the book for others by giving examples! As it was, I did guess very quickly who the killer was, even if I didn't anticipate all the plot twists.
As others have already said, the characters bar a couple are cardboard cut-outs with hardly any personality, and I cannot read a story unless all the characters come alive inside my head. The Cambridge students were stereotypes and we learn virtually nothing about them. A great plot - and this book did have the makings of a brilliant story - just isn't enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Celina Grace on 7 Jun. 2012
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One of those annoying books where the bare bones of a really good thriller crumble into dust because of clunky prose, paper-thin characters and a frankly wildly implausible ending. Undeniably gripping in parts, I found it ultimately a very frustrating read. The killer morphing into a bargain basement Hannibal Lector at the end didn't help.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 7 Jun. 2010
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When I read the blurb of Twisted Wing in the shop, I thought I was in for something along the lines of Lewis. You know, something a bit challenging with a smattering of intellectual references. However, that's not what I got.

First of all, I'll focus on the book's good points. The storyline is great - someone is going around killing female undergraduates (who belong to a particular group of friends) at Cambridge University, and doing so in quite a horrific way. DCI Weathers is called in and asks his old friend Matthew Denison - a psychologist - to help him out. At the last crime scene, Olivia Corscadden was found in a catatonic state and it is thought that she witnessed the murder. But when she wakes up she can't remember what happened. It is Denison's job to try and get her to recall the information. The story is non-linear as it is told through flashbacks as well as what's happening in the present.

So the problem for me wasn't the storyline, rather it was the way it was written. There was next to no characterisation - the notable exceptions being Denison and Olivia. I didn't feel as if I knew any of the other characters - even Weathers, and he was one of the main ones. There were two characters in particular I would have loved to have known more about - Denison's girlfriend Cass and Weathers' wife Sally Ames. However, they only seemed to be there to keep the plot ticking along, and to demonstrate that Denison and Weathers' weren't so obsessed with their work that they didn't have time for relationships. Nick, who is a central character, seemed 2-dimensional, and I never really felt as if he was an actual person.
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