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Twisted Wing [Paperback]

Ruth Newman
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4 Feb 2010
Cambridge is home to 18,000 students, 1,500 academics - and one serial killer. The discovery of the headless, mutilated body of a female undergraduate in her bloodsoaked college room heralds the start of a series of bizarre and extremely violent murders. For the students of Ariel College, a siege mentality has developed following weeks of media interest in the 'Cambridge Butcher'. University life has become not about surviving their exams, but surviving full stop. Forensic psychiatrist Matthew Denison is sure that his traumatised patient, student Olivia Coscadden, has the killer's identity locked up in her memory. That within the little clique she belonged to lurks someone with a grudge. Someone who has yet to finish settling their score. In order to get to the truth, Denison must delve into the secrets hidden within Olivia's subconscious. Secrets that are about to lead him into a nightmare beyond imagining.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (4 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847392482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847392480
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 495,128 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'

'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
1.0 out of 5 stars Lone voice (so far!) 19 Feb 2010
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Another Lone Voice 10 Mar 2010
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating... 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful waste of time 22 Nov 2011
I am another lone voice saying how awful this book is. I mean really awful. So bad I had to force myself to finish it. Bad characters, bad writing, bad storyline. Just such an incredible waste of time and honestly, nobody is either that clever or that stupid. Unfortunately you do have to rate the item as I tried submitting it with no stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 July 2014
top class!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, can't put down book! 10 Oct 2013
By Meg
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Started listening to this story but due to the flash backs the written version is much better - really great story
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sinister 4 Jan 2012
By Sid
This was a well paced, unpredictable psychological thriller. I thought the setting of a university campus worked really well, adding to the eeriness of it all. If you can overlook the minor flaws in the writing, then you'll enjoy this.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to love it, but it was a let-down 12 Dec 2010
By NinaD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This was a book suggested by our reading group so I wasn't sure what to expect. It's the best book we have read so far. Lots of twists and turns and a totally unexpected ending. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab
Totally enjoyed this book, keeps you guessing til the very end. Dec reading the second book by this author, one to watch!
Published 18 months ago by JEANETTE HANDLEY
4.0 out of 5 stars A captivating book
Twisted Wing is a crime/psychological thriller set in Cambridge, England. It tells a story of the thriving city, with its students and academics... and a serial killer. Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2011 by Lucy Felthouse
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly amazing, it'll surprise you!
I loved Newman's writing style, so fresh and nice. I simply couldn't put the book down and kept reading until I got to the last page. Read more
Published on 7 May 2011 by JR_82
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing delve in to the psychological
Set in Ariel College, Cambridge, the headless, mutilated body of a female undergraduate is found in the room, of Olivia Carcadden on the night of the May Ball. Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2010 by Lizzie Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut novel
I have just finished reading Twisted Wing and I can honestly say this is a brilliant book. I read alot of crime/thriller books, many of which are just the same old thing churned... Read more
Published on 22 July 2010 by Nikki
1.0 out of 5 stars Should not be top priority to read - plenty of better novels
Not my favourite story, author or style. I did complete it - which is why I gave 1 star but all in all the time can be better spent on many other authors.
Published on 10 Jun 2010 by Brian Butterly
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