What a corker of a story, not the usual that’s for sure. Was it psychological, yes, was it a thriller, yes. I couldn’t turn the pages quick enough. I won’t regurgitate the synopsis here, you can read that in the description, but to be honest it’s kind of hard to say anything more than what’s in the synopsis without giving away the main plot of the story, which comes into play about half way through. When I found out what really was going on in the Chandler household it was far from what I expected. The second half of the novel goes faster than a train, that’s not to say that the first half is slow, far from it. The first half really gets you wondering what the hell is going on in Adam’s house, while the second half has you thinking, how the hell is he going to deal with this. I loved it as I recognised most of the locations in North London
This is an intriguing psychological novel of suspense. In fact, it’s difficult to categorise it as the novel is not what you’d expect at first. We meet Adam. He’s a guy with a LOT of issues. But still, he’s also endearing in his attempts at ‘normality’ even if he hates that word. Adam is a difficult protagonist for a reader as you cannot empathise with him. On occasion, you can feel sympathy (among other emotions) for him but being who he is, he’s not easy to connect with.
Although the book is not written as a first-person narrative, it has the feel of it as the author provides us with Adam’s perspective; plenty of details into Adam’s thoughts, with lots of explanations, almost like he expects us, the readers, to gain insight through him – the author or Adam? That makes some parts of it a bit difficult and it slows down the story from time to time. Then again, if you try to imagine it’s Adam’s voice talking, it sort of makes sense even if it doesn’t warm you towards the protagonist.
Adam’s wife Emily, is a model of composure. Never angry nor upset. Calm, quiet, understanding, combined with a stunning body and eyes able to seduce any man. Hers are only for Adam though. She’s his equal in a lot of things – both are extremely intelligent (she beats him at chess) and thus, she’s not only the love of Adam’s life but also quite the intellectual challenge.
I cannot divulge more – you just have to read the book. It’s not always a straightforward read as a result of the explanations but it is insightful, intriguing, and fascinating. The topic is controversial at least, leaving you with lots of food for thought. The Killing of Emily Chandler is – much like Emily herself – an enigma, a novel you won’t easily forget.
Let's be honest, most of the mainstream fiction out there today is just recycled story lines from years gone by with a modern spin applied. This is why it's so refreshing that authors such as Nigel keep finding new ways to hook us in, new stories to string us along, and new ways to surprise us. The Killing of Emily Chandler is no exception - from its smart and edgy opening to the continual development of characters, every chapter leaves us wanting to unravel more. Another great piece from a relatively new author who is definitely worth keeping an eye on.
Definitely not what I expected. About half way through the story something quite odd comes about in a dramatic ‘hook’ that veers the story into another direction. Fascinating stuff and the kick near the end was superb. It’s hard to say much more without giving away the main plot, but I highly recommend it so you can experience it for yourself.