Sandman Paperback – 1 Aug 2010
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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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book from the first page. The characters really came to life in this beautiful part of the country, Mudeford and Hengistbury Head. Read morePublished 5 months ago by S B.
This book by Ian Kingsley is most enjoyable; it is atmospheric, and has an excellent sense of place. Characters are rounded and believable. Would like a sequel.Published on 26 Aug. 2011 by Beejay
I didn't know how this book would end until the last few pages. There were lots of twists. Just couldn't put the book down and read it in 24 hours.Published on 6 Feb. 2011 by JJ
I bought this book because I know the area well and was looking forward to reading it. Sadly I was very disappointed with the style, I thought it too simple and immature. Read morePublished on 1 Nov. 2010 by B.Buckley
This book is a very good and exciting thriller, a typical whodunnit with twists and turns and wrongful accusations in every chapter. Read morePublished on 24 Oct. 2010 by Debbie Bradley Scotland UK