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Wink Murder [Hardcover]

Ali Knight
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Book Description

14 April 2011
Kate Forman has an enviable life: a loving family and a perfect husband, Paul. But one night she finds Paul drunk and covered in blood, mumbling about having killed something - or someone.

When a young and attractive woman who works for Paul is found murdered, Kate's suspicions about what he has really done send her on an increasingly desperate search for the truth that threatens to smash her carefully constructed life.

Doing the right thing should seem obvious, but as the lies multiply, the truth is not as straightforward as it seems; how well do you know the person you're married to?


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444715321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444715323
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 897,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ali Knight is the author of psychological thrillers Wink Murder, named by the Independent as 'One of their best commercial reads of 2011,' and The First Cut, 'One of the top ten crime books to take on holiday,' according to the Telegraph. Her latest book, Until Death, is out in November 2013.

Before writing books, Ali worked as a sub-editor and journalist on several national newspapers, including the Guardian and the Observer and she also set up websites for the Daily Mail and the Evening Standard.

She grew up in Bedford with an American father and an English mother and lives in London with her family.

You can find out more about her by visiting her website www.aliknight.co.uk, liking her Facebook page www.facebook.com/aliknightauthor or following her on Twitter @aliknightauthor.

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'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)

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yawn 29 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback
Wink Murder is an unconvincing tale packed with errors. The story is told by the tiresome protagonist, Kate, a neurotic woman with an annoying propensity to change her mind more often than the British weather.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish 6 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The author of this poorly written novel has clearly not heard of proof reading as grammatical errors and poor punctuation appear throughout. Annoying flashbacks and constant swearing make this a very low quality piece of work.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Show Time 6 Sep 2011
By tallpete33 TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Wink Murder is described as a tense murder/mystery that stretches one woman's love and trust in her husband to breaking point as she suspects he is the perpetrator. As he came home that night covered in blood and rambling incoherently it was a fairly understandable conclusion to arrive especially as he became very defensive when questioned afterwards. Whilst the plot seemed quite intriguing, the execution unfortunately was not and became confusing and at times just a bit odd with some weird developments.

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.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable 1 Jan 2012
By CSM
Format:Paperback
I bought this book on the strength of good reviews. However, I cannot agree. Right from the outset this plot suspends belief. A woman finds her husband in the middle of the night drunk and covered in blood. He also appears to be confessing to having killed someone or something. What a trooper this woman is, as stopping only to visit the loo and make sure he is not dead, she decides to return to bed! I can't imagine many women reacting in this way but I'm afraid this sets the tone for the whole book. Our heroine changes her mind back and forth during every chapter on whether she can trust the father of her children but strangely it doesn't seem to occur to her to pin him down and ask him what is going on. However, she does carry on going to work and taking the kids to school so she's probably busy!
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite to my taste 5 April 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Having recently read a hell of a lot of crime titles, a new book, whether its by an established or a new author, needs to do something special to be remembered.

What Ali does in this, her debut tile is create a lead character who is not only memorable but also has her feet firmly in the real world so much so that the reader cannot help but be able to associate with her in her seemingly ordinary mundane life.

Add to this a scenario that works cleverly with realistic character interaction as well as overall arc and you know that it's a tale that is nothing short of a powder keg waiting for someone to strike the match to see the inevitable conclusion.

It was a title that was definitely interesting, it had decent prose and writing skills which when backed with the characters should have created something special. Sadly, whilst I appreciated a lot of the elements and careful crafting within, found that it didn't satisfy me as a reader and that I felt that something was sadly lacking. That said I will try this author again as the talent as well as skill set is there and its definitely going to be interesting to see what Ali hits back with in her next release.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amiable nonsense 2 Sep 2011
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Kate thinks she has a lucky life but when her TV producer husband comes home one night with blood all over his hands, she has to think again.

This is a readable book as long as you suspend your disbelief and accept that it's pleasant nonsense. I don't want to give away plot twists for new readers but this is the kind of book where dead bodies mount up for a ludicrous reason, and where our heroine, Kate, goes from being a not-so-yummy mummy to executing SAS-style acrobatics in mid-air...

Half crime-thriller, half chick-lit style romance, the plot is full of holes, and the style sometimes very stilted. This will pass an idle couple of hours especially on a commute or long journey but is fundamentally as throwaway, contrived and empty as the reality TV programmes which our main characters produce.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder is not a game; marriage isn't for life? 23 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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?"
The book races alone and at times you feel it is perhaps owes a wink to The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. How much of what Kate is relating can be trusted and what do we really know about these events?.
The tension builds, but the incompetence of the Police investigation finally annoys you to the point that the end can't come soon enough.
Promising start and I look forward to her next novel but this novel lost its way and that is a shame and prevents this book becoming the classic it had the potential to bring to crime fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great story
Really enjoyed this book, menacing undercurrent.
Don't really have fourteen more words to write, but amazon require it for some reason.
Published 14 months ago by ALISON LYNAS
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm...could do better
A cracking start to this thriller certainly pulled me in and it's an enjoyable read if taken with a barrowload of salt. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars I did not love this but neither did I hate it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining if thin
Here is a story of fidelity, love, trust, power and greed. It opens with Katy finding her apparently drunk, blood spattered husband arriving late one evening talking of having... Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2012 by R. Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Chick Lit noir
Wink Murder manages to combine the best features of chick lit with the best of noir detective stories. The blend is unusual and highly enjoyable. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars A thriller for people who watch 'Loose Women'
I bought this following an Amazon recommendation. Big mistake. I was hoping for a classy murder mystery in the Sophie Hannah mould, but what I got was an implausible story about... Read more
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