Wink Murder Hardcover – 14 Apr 2011
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'Tightly-plotted, high-pitched psychological thriller . . . what bright new talent Ali Knight does so successfully, and with a welcome fresh eye, is broach the great divide between public and private space.' **** (Daily Mirror)
'A fast-paced whodunit.' (Woman and Home)
'Knight's promising debut . . . crackles from first page to last . . . She could be very good indeed.' (Daily Mail)
'A psychological drama that grips from first to last' (Choice)
A tightly constructed, suspenseful thriller that will have you turning pages and keep you guessing all the way to the dramatic conclusion. (www.shotsmag.co.uk)
A psychological suspense novel from a debut author that will have you asking 'How well do you know the people you're closest to?'See all Product description
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The book could have benefited from proofing; the word "dais" is mis-spelt, twice, as "dias". It's not difficult to get things like this right.
I've read worse books but I certainly won't be reading anything else by this author. I'm mystified by the good reviews.
The book races alone and at times you feel it is perhaps owes a wink to The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. How much of what Kate is relating can be trusted and what do we really know about these events?.
The tension builds, but the incompetence of the Police investigation finally annoys you to the point that the end can't come soon enough.
Promising start and I look forward to her next novel but this novel lost its way and that is a shame and prevents this book becoming the classic it had the potential to bring to crime fiction.
Kate Forwood was a difficult person to warm too. She had stolen her husband, TV exec Paul, away from his first wife but lived in fear of him straying from her as he was so handsome, successful and popular. You make your bed I guess. She showed her hand very early in the book, blurting out her suspicions to Paul's first wife (arch rival and blogger supreme) of all people only days afterwards leading to his arrest by the Keystone Kops - a pair of female detectives who seemed to arrest anybody vaguely connected with the victim. Her actions seemed to follow neither rhyme nor reason and I was beginning to wish the incompetent police would lock the whole cast up - vain, arrogant, ruthless and selfish to the core the lot of them (and that was just the women). The author certainly does not paint a good picture of television producers...
It could have been so much better had the author made better use of the husband/wife scenario but they spent very little time in each others company after the first couple of chapters so the psycological tension is lost apart from a clumsy and contrived scene in the Woolwich tunnel when....he looked at her a bit funny. The motives of the murderer were just plain ludicrous and the endgame stretched credibility and common sense I'm afraid.
PS Looks like the shill reviewers have been out in force for this one. Always take 5 star reviews from one-time reviewers with a pinch of salt.
Both of these things are problematic and to be honest there are many books that fit that description. What let this book down though was the plot. The bodies start to pile up and one red herring after another ensues. By the end I found that I really didn't care who dunnit or why. And that's never a good thing in my view.
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Don't really have fourteen more words to write, but amazon require it for some reason.
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