A disturbing insight into illegal arms deals, journalism and people trafficking.
A story about guilt, trust and insecurity with doses of chilling terror.
This is a story about accountability. The main focus is a giant, successful pharmaceutical company accused of contributing to the deaths of heroin addicts and a lawyer who specialises in defending corporate companies. Only, for this story, he becomes the prosecutor not the defender.
The appeal of this psychological thriller is really quite straight forward. An aspiring writer is stalked by a bookshop owner. Sounds like a fantasy to me, but this story definitely is not. Dark and disturbing.
This book appeals to the many thousands of voyeurs who love to watch ordinary people go about their mundane business while secretly hoping something interesting happens.
Unashamedly influenced by Alfred Hitchcock films, this bestseller and debut novel reads like the script of the dark psychological thriller film it will become. It is easy to see why there have been over a million copies sold.
An original concept that starts in a rather comic way - a hungover man wakes up to find horns growing out of his head - and then the story develops into something much darker.
The title of this psychological thriller suggests that this is a tale of domestic abuse or something weird. The 'perfect' one-dimensional husband is, obviously, too good to be true (he even looks like George Clooney) and we quickly realise that he is something more sinister.
A Christmas murder story. How exciting!
It's an awkward paradox when a new writer pens an acclaimed debut novel. I am excited by the prospect of a fresh voice, an undiscovered talent waiting to be unwrapped like a gift. Then the potential disappointment.
This wasn't quite what I expected. I thought this would be about how a child copes or is treated after being held captive for ten years, something very psychological, but it isn't really about that. There is that of course - how could there not be - but there is more a focus on who kidnapped him.
A scary opening as a mother watches her child get washed away during a storm. We can all identify with that fear in some way. The story never matches up to that again.
A few cliches, similar habits appearing in several characters and no one is particularly likeable. There's a really incredulous scene with the husband of the protagonist towards the end of the book, and that was a bit cringey. There is some repetition that really should have been picked up by the editor.
Having said that, the read has a good pace and I didn't skim any bits, which is always a good sign. There is enough in the story to keep me going to see what happens next. I wanted to know whodunit and was gripped enough until the end. This is a great beach read, not too taxing but interesting nonetheless.
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