- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Orion (13 Mar. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 140914092X
- ISBN-13: 978-1409140924
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.7 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 107 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,327,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths: Fiona Griffiths Crime Thriller Series Book 3 (Fiona Griffiths 3) Hardcover – 13 Mar 2014
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Praise for gripping, atmosphere Fiona Griffiths crime thriller series:
Chilling, atmospheric and so gripping it hurts. You won't read a better crime novel this year(MARK EDWARDS)
Intriguing and compelling - I love Fiona Griffiths (SHARON BOLTON)
In a word - brilliant. One of the most enjoyable crime novels I've read in a while (JAMES OSWALD)
Compelling and claustrophic, Without a doubt, Fiona Griffiths is one of crime's most memorable heroines (SARAH HILARY)
One of the most interesting and complicated protagonists in current UK crime fiction. Truly unforgettable (MICK HERRON)
Fiona Griffiths is one of the most unusual and engaging characters in British crime fiction. Those who haven't yet encountered Fiona will be drawn into a beautifully crafted world (SINEAD CROWLEY)
Gripping...Fiona Griffiths kept me hooked to the last page and left me hungry for more (RACHEL ABBOTT)
Exceptional ... Absorbing ... Fiona's narrative sears the pages. (KIRKUS REVIEWS)
Fiona Griffiths may be the most fascinating protagonist in fiction. She is similar to Lisbeth Salander, an intelligent but profoundly damaged young woman, but Fiona is less hostile and more curious, sort of a good guy sociopath. I couldn't put it down. This is definitely one of my very favorite thriller series. I love this character and I hope I have the chance to read many more. Harry Bingham is a genius and one hell of a writer. (Audrey, Top 500 Reviewer)
Compelling ... a new crime talent to treasure (DAILY MAIL)
The addictive third book in the Fiona Griffiths mystery series sees her take on her toughest case yet.See all Product description
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Fiona infiltrates the operation under two personas which emotionally almost destroy and make her. it was really interesting to see how comfortable she was as Fiona Grey or Effgee as she gets called!
The book it fast paced and well written, the ending was good and at no point was this book rushed which happens to some books. I enjoyed every minute of it and can't wait to start book 4!
This was a bit slower starting than 'Talking to the Dead' or 'Love Story with Murders', but worth the build up pacing wise. As Fiona goes undercover, we readers are likewise enveloped and smothered in this dangerous, underground world, indentity on top of identity unil we're wandering through webs of mystification. All in all a great read, well balanced, cunningly plotted, witty and with an unlikely girl heroine which makes this a crime novel unlike any other.
My only real criticism, and I'm sure Harry Bingham had a good reason for this, was an event that occurred almost at the end of the book. I was really quite put out as I wanted that minor matter to work out differently. Though not so put out that I won't be reading book four as soon as it's available. If you haven't read any of this series, line them up and take it from the top. You're in for a treat.
Fiona, who has only cried once in her adult life, is portrayed with great physiological depth without being dark. Even though Fiona battles with her identity and borderline psychosis, I never found her depressing. She is a strong woman. A survivor. She’s perfect for working undercover as she’s used to managing multiple forms of self and her demons give her drive. Men are attracted to her but not because she flutters her eyelashes. They’re intrigued by her. What I found particularly clever is the way that, at times, she shifts in and out of referring to herself in the third person, showing confusion rather than describing the fog. In fact, as much as this is a story of the search for a criminal mastermind, it’s a story of Fiona’s search for her identity.
As the book is written in the first person, I ask Harry what it’s like being in Fiona’s head. He tells me he enjoys writing from a female perspective although, as a result of his research, he’s now being ‘stalked’ online by adverts for damson dresses and breast enlargements. However, he tells me his biggest characterisation challenge isn’t gender but rather portraying the instability of Fiona’s mind. She is, after all, a woman who takes comfort in thinking about corpses, turning scenes that could be boring – like clothes shopping – into vibrant ones. He says he wants her to be dark and odd yet funny and interesting so readers want to stick by her and root for her. One of the things that is fun about Fiona is that she won’t simply tolerate rules and moan about them, she’ll break them and won’t care. There were times she made me cheer and think “you go girl!”
Despite Fiona’s vulnerabilities, the story by no means proceeds tentatively. There is mental and physical brutality. The story takes longer to build than most police procedurals because of the time taken to establish the characters but, as a result, when action ramps up, the experience is potent, with the intensity of a psychological thriller. It made me feel breathless with worry, concern and eventually fear for Fiona.
The plot is relatively simple in order to give space for characterisation and, although the book has a literary feel, the pace is saved largely because remarkable detail is built up with so few words. Harry, clearly not one to rely on a casual flick through a thesaurus, has a knack for picking precise words or choosing unusual objects that create a vivid image, such as a saucepan used to hammer in a nail and a hockey stick with which Fiona asks to be hit on purpose...
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This time she is working under over on a massive international computer fraud involving the potential loss of billions of pounds. As her usefulness, whilst undercover, to the crooks increases, so does the tension as she is never far away from the prospect of an untimely death. Fiona precipitates events just as things are about to go live and saves the life of a colleague at the same time.
The test of a good book is when I read in bed and check the alarm clock to find that normally I'd have been asleep for at least twenty minutes, yet I still want to carry on reading, it is something special.
Thank you Mr Bingham.
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