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Product details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: New Generation Publishing (1 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907756752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907756757
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,193,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A gripping psychological read with characters that reach out and grab you. A real page-turner.
--Sophie King, author of 'The Wedding Party'

A cast of characters, all so real, who all contribute to the story in a unique and unpredictable way -- Lilolia Book Reviews Blog, November 8, 2010

Readers can't help turn the pages compulsively, as we are seduced with small details and quick punchy dialogue. -- Norm Goldman, Amazon.com Top 500 Reviewer, September 14, 2010

From the Author

I love Dorset, hence the chosen setting for my debut novel: 'Sandman'. Writing fiction has always been my long-term ambition and I now have found the time to achieve this. I do hope you like the work I produce. Expect it to be eclectic, for I would get bored writing a series. I do, however, have a bias towards psychological thrillers. What interests me most is exploring how unusual circumstances throw ordinary people into extraordinary or stressful situations. I'm interested in their psychology and getting into their heads to see what it does to them. In the case of 'Sandman', this involves getting into several heads, and it allows me to explore the conflicting emotions of two men locked into a head-to-head battle, both of whom feel aggrieved, and the protagonist's teenage daughter, who goes through dreadful turmoil, including unwittingly telling the police something that ends up implicating her own father in murder.

In order to give a feeling of 'place' the settings I use are real. Mudeford Sandbank and Hengistbury Head, in Dorset, England, are well known tourist destinations. Set between the sea and a natural harbour, the sandbank is beautiful, which is the reason why its beach huts are so well-known for being probably the most expensive in the world. I chose this beautiful setting in order to show how shallow tranquility may really be, given a violent undercurrent. It also allows me to control the pacing by contrasting the antagonist's love of nature with his more violent persona.

I believe a novel should have good character depth if it is to be memorable, and a sound plot in order to carry the principal characters through realistic trials and tribulations. Ideally everything should either deepen characterisation or aid plot development. It was my aim to achieve this when I wrote 'Sandman'. My author website, iankingsley.com, contains a lot of background information about this novel and the settings I used, including pictures and walks. Do, please, follow this up if you read the novel. I hope you enjoy it.

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The Vincent family is set to enjoy some downtime at their Mudeford Sandbank beach hut, near Christchurch Harbour in Dorset, England. It doesn't take long for a shocking, brutal murder to disturb this tranquil setting in Sandman by author Ian Kingsley.

We meet Paul Vincent, his wife, Sasha, and their 13-year-old daughter, Leah, at a windsurfing lesson. We quickly learn how Sasha's flirting brings out the worst in Paul. Paul finds himself apologizing for a jealous outburst directed at the windsurf instructor. The point-of-view switches to actress Carol Davis recalling her horrifying rape on the beach not far from the Vincent's hut by a man wearing a balaclava. This two-pronged opening with a peaceful beach scene and a violent assault in the opening chapter hooked me instantly.

It has been said that good fiction must have conflict. Kingsley has included enough conflict here for two novels. An incident on the beach puts Paul at odds with a young disturbed loner, a man named Stevie Clarke. Clarke, known by the locals as "The Sandman" doesn't do well with confrontation. His resentment boils; he produces a large knife and aggressively warns Paul, "I'll kill you the next time you cross me." A short time after a jogger is killed, Paul informs the police that he believes Clarke is the killer. Clarke is desperate to get even with Paul for putting the police on him and he begins to stalk Leah relentlessly.

The police appear inept in their effort to catch the killer despite an obvious connection to the previous rape on the beach. Carol Davis contacts Paul and soon the pair are working together to prove to the police Stevie Clark is the killer/rapist.
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This was an excellent read and very hard to put down. The book is extremely thought provoking with lots of twists and turns. Local interest is a good addition aiding imagination with the main characters being very real making this book a pleasure to read.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it especially to locals and visitors who are familiar to the area. I hope this novel will be Ian Kingsley's first of many.
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This book kept me enthralled right to the end. In fact I couldn't put it down. It had lots of twists and turns and kept me guessing right to the end. I hope the author writes more psychological thrillers. The area he chose in the book is a beautiful place and well worth a visit.
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I found this a gripping book that was hard to put down.
The characterisations and dialogue are very realistic and good.
All in all a very enjoyable read.
I'll be keeping an eye out for any future Ian Kingsley fiction.
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I loved this book. Could't put it down, very ingrossing and kept you thinking right to the end. Would definately recommend this book
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I bought this book because I live near the area and have walked to the beach huts described,it was quite chilling knowing this..but overall the book was a bit silly..with an amateurish plot..i wouldn't recommend this read.
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I was drawn to this novel as I am familiar with the setting at Mudeford, Hengisbury Head and Christchurch, and know a little of the way of life of the beach hut owners.
I absolutely loved this book and could not put it down. The characters were all totally believable and there were many twists and turns to the plot. Just when I thought I had it all figured out everything changed. So many facets of human nature are explored and exposed. This is a page turning thriller, the author's first fiction but I sincerely hope more will follow soon.
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