- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Long Barn Books (16 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1902421388
- ISBN-13: 978-1902421384
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 1.7 x 23.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,559,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Twisted Wing Paperback – 16 Mar 2009
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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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
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...'/ `...Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rather obvious as to person who " dun it". Like the research and setting but long winded in approach.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Started listening to this story but due to the flash backs the written version is much better - really great storyPublished on 10 Oct. 2013 by Meg
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 morePublished on 28 Jan. 2013 by Kaz
Totally enjoyed this book, keeps you guessing til the very end. Dec reading the second book by this author, one to watch!Published on 19 Jan. 2013 by JEANETTE HANDLEY
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. Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2012 by Sid
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 morePublished on 29 Nov. 2011 by Lucy Felthouse
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. Read morePublished on 22 Nov. 2011 by Molly Davidson