Twisted Wing Audio Cassette – 2009
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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...'/ `...Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rather obvious as to person who " dun it". Like the research and setting but long winded in approach.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Started listening to this story but due to the flash backs the written version is much better - really great storyPublished on 10 Oct. 2013 by Meg
This was a book suggested by our reading group so I wasn't sure what to expect. It's the best book we have read so far. Lots of twists and turns and a totally unexpected ending. Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2013 by Kaz
Totally enjoyed this book, keeps you guessing til the very end. Dec reading the second book by this author, one to watch!Published on 19 Jan. 2013 by JEANETTE HANDLEY
This was a well paced, unpredictable psychological thriller. I thought the setting of a university campus worked really well, adding to the eeriness of it all. Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2012 by Sid
Twisted Wing is a crime/psychological thriller set in Cambridge, England. It tells a story of the thriving city, with its students and academics... and a serial killer. Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2011 by Lucy Felthouse
I loved Newman's writing style, so fresh and nice. I simply couldn't put the book down and kept reading until I got to the last page. Read morePublished on 7 May 2011 by JR_82