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Eye Contact (DI Harland #1)

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  115 ratings  ·  20 reviews
If you look him in the eye, you're dead.

From the outside, Robert Naysmith is a successful businessman, handsome and charming. But for years he's been playing a deadly game.

He doesn't choose his victims. Each is selected at random - the first person to make eye contact after he begins 'the game' will not have long to live. Their fate is sealed.

When the body of a young woma
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 13th 2012 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Vicky (Books, Biscuits, and Tea)
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Eye Contact, Fergus McNeill’s debut novel has been on my wishlist ever since I first saw it on the publisher’s website. What intrigued me about this story is the fact that there’s no motive behind these murders. It’s all just a game. And even before I started reading the book, I started wondering: how do you track down someone who has no reason to kill and whose victims have no connection to each other whatsoever? As a huge crime fa
Rebecca Bradley
This is a very clever novel that manages to drag you in and hold you hostage as Robert Naysmith plays his ‘game’. The game being that when he decides to start the clock, the first person who looks him in the eye will be the person he kills. But, that person has 24 hours to live first as Naysmith likes the hunt: to find the person again after 24 hours have passed, with the person being hunted completely unknowing.

Naysmith is a clever articulate man. He holds down a whole other life: a great job a
Dit boek mocht ik dankzij Uitgeverij De Fontein pre-readen en ik was meteen geboeid door de dubbele cover en de korte inhoud. Dit debuut van Fergus McNeill is origineel omdat je al meteen weet wie de moordenaar is en omdat deze het moorden eerder ziet als een spel, een uitdaging... Daarnaast heb je dan de rechercheur Harland, die opvliegend is met momenten en het privé moeilijk heeft met de dood van zijn geliefde. De perfecte combinatie dus! Dat is toch wat ik dacht ... Maar eigenlijk vind ik da ...more
Robert Naysmith is a successful businessman with a beautiful partner. He is also a murderer. His victims "choose themselves" by being the next person to make eye contact with him. They then have 24 hours' grace before he sets out to hunt them down and kill them.

Naysmith's story is interwoven with the story of DI Graham Harland who is on the hunt for the murderer, with seemingly very few clues. He is a broken man after the death of his wife.

This is a clever idea for a book, where people are kille
Lesley Lodge
I bought this book after hearing Fergus McNeill speak at Flitwick library earlier this year (it was an excellent talk by the way). As the blurb says, the essential plot is murder as a game played by the murderer - victims selected by chance based on the first to make eye contact after the clock starts ticking and the game is on. I was initially both curious and slightly put off by this but it does actually work well. Having no obvious connection to the victims and no emotional engagement with th ...more



Recensie van 'oogcontact' geschreven door Fergus McNeill.
Het boek heeft me totaal niet geboeid. Het is vrij matig en droog geschreven, 13 in een dozijn en zelf nog slechter dan dat. Telkens ik verder las, hoopte ik dat het beter zou worden, dat de spanning zou komen, dat het boek me zou beklijven. Maar tot mijn spijt heb ik niets gelezen dat me heeft bekoord. Er zit geen schwung in, het leest traag, ellenlange passages,
Big Bertha
A killer with no motive and no connection to his victim is virtually untraceable and to killer Robert Naysmith, it's all a game. A random location, a random street, a time is selected and the first person who makes eye contact with him after that time will be his next victim...the game begins and the hunt is on.

Detective Inspector Harland of the Avon and Somerset Police leads the investigation when one of Naysmiths victims is found on remote Severn Beach. From the random killings in the various
Uitgeverij De Fontein was zo vriendelijk om een ePub op te sturen om Oogcontact door ons te laten pre-readen. De laatste tijd heb ik mijn ogen open gehouden voor thrillers en andere spannende verhalen die langskwamen omdat ik deze genre heel erg gemist heb. Tot ongeveer mijn 16e las ik alleen maar horrors en thrillers omdat deze het meest spannend waren voor mijn gevoel. Dit was allemaal voordat ik in de wereld van Young Adult ben gezogen. Omdat ik mijn roots toch graag af en toe naar boven wil ...more
Titel: Oogcontact
Originele titel: Eye Contact
Auteur: Fergus McNeill
Uitgever: De Fontein
Genre: Literaire thriller
Verschenen: Augustus 2013
Beschikbaar: Paperback en Ebook
ISBN: 9789026133350 en 9789026133367
Pagina’s: 304
Waardering: 4/5

“Als je hem aankijkt ben jij de volgende
Robert Naysmith is een succesvol zakenman. En hij is een seriemoordenaar. Al jaren speelt hij een ijzingwekkend en dodelijk spel. Hij kiest zijn slachtoffers niet bewust, iedereen zou het kunnen zijn. Zijn spelregels: hij kijkt
Nov 16, 2012 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own, crime
DI Harland is a somewhat unhinged detective, who isn't great at his job, but he is lucky. Basically, the perfect template for Saturday night ITV. In Eye Contact he is trying to track down a serial killer that selects targets at random. The killer, Robert Naysmith, has a back-story that eventually unfolds to (at least partially) explain why he is playing "the game". He is written as quite a likeable character with multiple personalities. DI Graham Harland, however, just bumbles through the case a ...more
I really enjoyed this book, thrilling and certainly a page-turner! I look forward to reading the sequel. The first I have read by this author, having never heard of him before, I would definitely recommend him if you like a good crime thriller.
Brilliant, first time of reading this author, but what a book, couldn't put it. Will watch who I make eye contact with!
This was the first Fergus McNeill book I've read and I was not disappointed. The idea that the next person to make eye contact becomes the killers next victim was utterly scary and yet believable. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author in the near future.
Melanie Knight
I chose this book entirely because of the local setting. It was obvious that the settings are very well researched. But I also found myself completely drawn into the killer's world. It's a rather chilling thought that he could choose his victims so completely randomly. I never really warmed to the policeman as much as I hoped. There were enough twists to keep me reading, but no single huge twist in the story. The ending left itself nicely open for the sequel, which I will buy when it is released ...more
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Edward Hendriks
Leuk gegeven, uitwerking had korter en scherper gekund.
Langdradig en saai. En een onbevredigend open einde.Dat is de korte samenvatting. Met moeite uitgelezen.
Not a bad debut. Serial killer picking his next victim simply by whoever makes eye contact with him - creepy. Will he confess to his girlfriend? Damaged cop with a past. More to be found out in the next book.
Great book, love the characters. I'm never making eye cntact with any randoms ever again!! Looking forward to his next novel.
Lena Blomme
Spannend hoewel je direct al weet wie het gedaan heeft.
Het einde heeft me wel een beetje ontgoocheld.
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Fergus McNeill has been creating computer games since the early eighties, when he started writing interactive fiction titles. Over the following years he became well-known in the industry, both for his own content, and his adaptations of other authors’ material, including working with Terry Pratchett to create the first Discworld game.
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