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Twisted Wing Audio Cassette – 2009

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audiobooks (2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1408419513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408419519
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Cambridge is home to 18,000 students, 1,500 academics - and one serial killer... 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 simply about surviving. Forensic psychiatrist Matthew Denison is sure that his traumatised patient has the killer's identity locked in her memory; that within the little clique she belonged to lurks someone with a grudge. Someone who thought 'what's a little decapitation between friends?' Someone who has yet to finish settling their score... Read by Jane McDowell Playing time -10 hours 15 Mins Unabridged on 8 cassettes

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Format: Paperback
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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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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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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I really enjoyed this book - the characters are interesting yet accessible, the atmosphere is tense and realistic and the plot is gripping with the author clearly drawing on knowledge gained through studying criminology. I read many crime novels and this is definitely one of those that I have enjoyed the most - with character interaction of a far better quality than in the majority - I have already recommended it to several friends!!
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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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Silly me. I bought this book because it looked as if it would be really interesting and because Sophie Hannah is quoted on the cover as recommending it. What a grave disappointment. It is so badly written, dreadful style, very poor dialogue. Nice idea. The title is the best part of the book. But the writing I found absolutely intolerable. I cannot understand all the good reviews. Sophie Hannah, what on earth were you thinking?
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What a great read... although there should be a warning about reading this before you go to sleep as it's so damn hard to put down once you've started. It twists and turns all over the place - I'd be amazed if anyone guesses the ending - and the murders are tantalisingly gruesome. I can't believe this is really Newman's first novel. First class.
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