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Twisted Wing (Large Print Edition) Hardcover – 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: AudioGO Limited (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408430495
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408430491
  • Package Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,890,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cambridge is home to 18,000 students, 1,500 academics - and one serial killer. The discovery of the headless, mutilated body of a female undergraduate in her bloodsoaked college room heralds the start of a series of bizarre and extremely violent murders. For the students of Ariel College, a siege mentality has developed following weeks of media interest in the 'Cambridge Butcher'. University life has become not about surviving their exams, but surviving full stop. Forensic psychiatrist Matthew Denison is sure that his traumatised patient, student Olivia Coscadden, has the killer's identity locked up in her memory. That within the little clique she belonged to lurks someone with a grudge. Someone who has yet to finish settling their score. In order to get to the truth, Denison must delve into the secrets hidden within Olivia's subconscious. Secrets that are about to lead him into a nightmare beyond imagining. (Large Print Edition)

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I'm afraid I have to disagree with all the other reviews here. Yes, the central idea is fantastic - but what about the writing?

The first half of the book, in particular, is terrible. I found it impossible to `see' the action happening, and to get into the world of the story, because the author failed to paint a picture of anything - settings, characters, situations etc. I'm not someone who likes a lot of description - I just need to be able to visualise things. For example, a crucial crime scene is described as a room up a staircase in Ariel College - `a room bustling with people' - and that's it. In my mind's eye I imagined some sort of common room, but later discovered it was a bedroom.

There was a lot of this kind of confusion. I assumed that the body Denison and Weathers looked at in the first chapter was that of Amanda because the investigators kept asking people about their relationships with her - but I later realised that Amanda died years earlier.

This bit of text illustrates the general confusion created by the bad writing throughout the book:

`...Parrish was sitting on the last step of the victim's staircase.'
`So either he saw the killer...' said Denison.
`... or he is the killer,' finished Ames.
`Not necessarily,' protested Halloran... `The rooms on the south side of the building have windows out into the street.'
`Or,' said Weathers. `The killer could have hidden...'

At first I wondered what relevance the windows had to this character maybe being the killer. Then I realised that the `Not necessarily' speech by Halloran is a real howler of a non-sequitur. To correct this, the remarks by Denison and Ames need to be switched (`So either he is the killer...'/ `...
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I love this type of psychological thriller - usually - and couldn't wait to read this book. It started off well and the plotline gripped me, but after a while I started to lose interest, and I also became quite confused. The storyline jumped around a good deal which was incredibly irritating, and I wasn't given information that as the reader, I thought was essential. It was only as I struggled on to the end of the book that I realised why everything was so confusing with so many apparently loose ends - it was because any extra information would have made it very easy to guess who the serial killer was quite early on. Sorry I can't explain this any better, but I don't want to spoil the book for others by giving examples! As it was, I did guess very quickly who the killer was, even if I didn't anticipate all the plot twists.
As others have already said, the characters bar a couple are cardboard cut-outs with hardly any personality, and I cannot read a story unless all the characters come alive inside my head. The Cambridge students were stereotypes and we learn virtually nothing about them. A great plot - and this book did have the makings of a brilliant story - just isn't enough.
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One of those annoying books where the bare bones of a really good thriller crumble into dust because of clunky prose, paper-thin characters and a frankly wildly implausible ending. Undeniably gripping in parts, I found it ultimately a very frustrating read. The killer morphing into a bargain basement Hannibal Lector at the end didn't help.
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A brilliant debut novel. If you like crime/thrillers then don't hesitate.

I read this book in a single sitting. Didn't mean to, but within a few pages I was drawn right into the plot and kept thinking "one more chapter" until there were none left (my wife stayed up the next night accidentally reading it in one go.)

The characters are great, the twists unexpected, the pacing perfect, and the ending is extremely satisfying.

I live in Cambridge, and have a psychology degree, so when reading "a psychological thriller set in Cambridge" I couldn't help watching out for the moments where the dialogue, the plot, or something would not 'feel right'... but there were none to be found.
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By Marham VINE VOICE on 10 Mar. 2010
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I agree with "Lone Voice". This is a terrible book. The best part was the blurb on the back and after that it went downhill. To even try to like this book you have to have a complete suspension of belief. The plot is absurd. The characters have no depth and resd as if they had come from the pages of a comic and a bad one at that. A complete waste of time. I can only wonder how this came to be published.
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I am another lone voice saying how awful this book is. I mean really awful. So bad I had to force myself to finish it. Bad characters, bad writing, bad storyline. Just such an incredible waste of time and honestly, nobody is either that clever or that stupid. Unfortunately you do have to rate the item as I tried submitting it with no stars.
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Not my favourite story, author or style. I did complete it - which is why I gave 1 star but all in all the time can be better spent on many other authors.
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This is a very clever novel, dark yet very pacy with lots of twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end. I can't wait for Ruth Newman's next novel.
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