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Jo Nesbo, Stephen King, Patricia Cornwell and Ali Knight were all choosen as Independent Books of the Year 2011. 'Knight's knack with plot ensures that everything rattles along nicely in Nicci French territory.' (Independent on Sunday)
'A really enjoyable read.' (Martina Cole)
'A tight-plotted, too-close-for-comfort thriller that races to the finish . . . pacey and disquieting' (Stylist)
'Tightly-plotted, high-pitched psychological thriller . . . what bright new talent Ali Knight does so successfully, and with a welcome fresh eye, is broach the great divide between public and private space.' **** (Daily Mirror)
'A fast-paced whodunit.' (Woman and Home)
'Knight's promising debut . . . crackles from first page to last . . . She could be very good indeed.' (Daily Mail)
'A psychological drama that grips from first to last' (Choice)
A tightly constructed, suspenseful thriller that will have you turning pages and keep you guessing all the way to the dramatic conclusion. (www.shotsmag.co.uk)
'A crackling, energetic read, full of action' (Sunday Tasmanian, Australia) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
A psychological suspense novel from a debut author that will have you asking 'How well do you know the people you're closest to?' --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The plot is over complex to the point of incomprehensibility, and frankly doesn’t really hold together. Characterisation is shallow, and there are grammatical mistakes of the “me and him went” type. However, this is the author’s first book, and I think she will improve.
Three stars reflect the fact that I read to the end.
The cast of characters consist of shallow, well-off, middle-class yuppies - the bulk of them working in TV media - reality TV specifically; rather fitting as no realistic people are depicted here - all are sketchily-drawn and self-obsessed - even Kate, our anxious heroine, who believes she's not like them (oh yes you are, JUST like them dear). The plot went from being unbelievably tedious to tediously unbelievable and at the speed of treacle going uphill; although it was not badly-written, the first-person narrative was devoid of any discernible style - it just never got off the ground with too much wittering - pointless digressions that defused the narrative.
Pacing was erratic; tension - a basic requirement for a psychological thriller - was largely absent, as was any attempt at levity - a little knowing humour could have made the whole thing a good deal more palatable. The plot twists and action just became more and more ridiculous - had the ground opened up and swallowed everyone in the end I would not have been surprised and I wouldn't have cared a jot for any of them.
I really hate writing a negative review of any author's work and I believe that Knight has it in her to write a good novel, but she isn't a natural crime-writer; I found nothing engaging or gripping here, far too many flaws and inconsistencies.Read more ›
Kate Forwood was a difficult person to warm too. She had stolen her husband, TV exec Paul, away from his first wife but lived in fear of him straying from her as he was so handsome, successful and popular. You make your bed I guess. She showed her hand very early in the book, blurting out her suspicions to Paul's first wife (arch rival and blogger supreme) of all people only days afterwards leading to his arrest by the Keystone Kops - a pair of female detectives who seemed to arrest anybody vaguely connected with the victim. Her actions seemed to follow neither rhyme nor reason and I was beginning to wish the incompetent police would lock the whole cast up - vain, arrogant, ruthless and selfish to the core the lot of them (and that was just the women). The author certainly does not paint a good picture of television producers...
It could have been so much better had the author made better use of the husband/wife scenario but they spent very little time in each others company after the first couple of chapters so the psycological tension is lost apart from a clumsy and contrived scene in the Woolwich tunnel when....he looked at her a bit funny. The motives of the murderer were just plain ludicrous and the endgame stretched credibility and common sense I'm afraid.
PS Looks like the shill reviewers have been out in force for this one. Always take 5 star reviews from one-time reviewers with a pinch of salt.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read this after her other novel. Well written and worth buying. Excellent that can have on my kindle.Published 8 months ago by dollydrops
Really enjoyed this book, menacing undercurrent.
Don't really have fourteen more words to write, but amazon require it for some reason.
A cracking start to this thriller certainly pulled me in and it's an enjoyable read if taken with a barrowload of salt. Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2012 by Celina Grace
I found this well-written and gripping for a first novel,but it began to fall apart near the end. The motivation for the crime was implausible to say the least,and the... Read morePublished on 6 Nov. 2012 by Jadi
We'd all like to believe that we trust our loved ones implicitly but if your spouse came home shaking, covered in blood, with a story that didn't quite add up, could you banish... Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2012 by D. Brown
I'll start by prefacing this by saying I'm not a huge fan of murder mystery or crime type books, but I was hopeful reading the blurb as it appeared to be more of a story of the... Read morePublished on 14 Oct. 2012 by Billy and Bob's Mum
I did not love this but neither did I hate it. I am going to come down right in the middle with my opinion and say it was an entertaining read if you are looking for a page turner... Read morePublished on 27 Sept. 2012 by LindyLouMac
Excellent first novel which alludes to the children's game by the same name and has the tag line: "How well do you know the person you're married to? Read morePublished on 23 Sept. 2012 by Richard Latham