Who is the third who walks always beside you? When I count, there are only you and I together But when I look ahead up the white road There is always anoWho is the third who walks always beside you? When I count, there are only you and I together But when I look ahead up the white road There is always another one walking beside you Gliding wrapt in a brown mantle, hooded I do not know whether a man or a woman — But who is that on the other side of you?
T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land and other poems
Desperate to attract subscribers to his fledgling website, 'Journey to the Dark Side', ex-adrenalin junkie and slacker Simon Newman hires someone to guide him through the notorious Cwm Pot caves, so that he can film the journey and put it on the internet. With a tragic history, Cwm Pot has been off-limits for decades, and unfortunately for Simon, the guide he's hired is as unpredictable and dangerous as the watery caverns that lurk beneath the earth. After a brutal struggle for survival, Simon barely escapes with his life, but predictably, the gruesome footage he managed to collect down in the earth's bowels goes viral. Ignoring the warning signs of mental trauma, and eager to capitalize on his new internet fame, Simon latches onto another escapade that has that magic click-bait mix of danger and death - a trip to Everest. But up above 8000 feet, in the infamous Death Zone, he'll need more than his dubious morals and wits to guide him, especially when he uncovers the truth behind a decade-old tragedy - a truth that means he might not be coming back alive. A truth that will change him - and anyone who views the footage he captures - forever. ...more
" When our lawyer told me that she didn’t think the law could help us, but she could organise a gun for us, reality came to an end. From then on we li" When our lawyer told me that she didn’t think the law could help us, but she could organise a gun for us, reality came to an end. From then on we lived in the realm of the unimaginable." Dirk Kurbjuweit
Loosely based on his own disturbing experience of being stalked Fear is the first of this German journalist' sixth novel to be translated into English.
I have a feeling about this book, it is going to be ones those novels when word of mouth is going to play a huge part in its inevitable success.
A gripping, elegant urban novel that asks the question what do you do when the police and courts seem unable to protect your family that is under under threat from the most insidious individual who clearly means to do you harm.
It challenges you every step of the way on your thoughts on gun control, child abuse, memory, fear and family life and always that undercurrent of "What would I do, how far would I go?"
It will leave you reeling and thinking about it days after...reminding yourself “It's only a story” and then remembering it wasn't.
It was the happiest day of her life. Little did she know it was also the last.....
Mark Edwards book go from strength to strength and I think this is hIt was the happiest day of her life. Little did she know it was also the last.....
Mark Edwards book go from strength to strength and I think this is his best yet.
The rural setting is perfectly drawn and the characters are believable and engaging especially Ben and his son Ollie who are coming to terms with marriage breakdown and moving from London to Shropshire. The detective in charge of the investigation, Imogen Evans, is normal by that I mean she is not damaged or fighting inner demons or a maverick which seems to be required qualities in a detective in many crime thrillers. Yes there was an incident back in London but it's not something that takes over the book. All she has to cope with is a move from London to the bucolic delights of policing a rural area and catching a serial killer who leaves his victims with a smile on their faces.
Fresh, complex, clever and a damn fine read, highly recommended and would make a start to great series.
Thrilled to see one of my favourite authors has begun a another series though I did love her three stand alone novels - she has gone back to basics wiThrilled to see one of my favourite authors has begun a another series though I did love her three stand alone novels - she has gone back to basics with this murder case investigation.
The novel begins in 1987 when three siblings are distressingly split up by Children's Services, to be adopted separately, with hints of an very dark back story.
In 2015 a woman is horrifically murdered witnessed by her young daughter but she is too traumatised to give the police any information.
At the heart of this compelling mystery is the Children's House a centre that helps children who have suffered abuse, run by a specialist team including child psychologist Freyja.
On the police side we have Detective Huldar, who much to his surprise has been promoted to solve the complex case.
As always with Sigurdardottir the characters are so very well drawn and believable, the plotting is tight, twisted and gives the reader no end of misdirection.
I have to say I loved the way the author concluded the novel in the final chapter - very clever and a bit different.
Excellent translation by Victoria Cribb as always.
Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this in return for an honest review....more
When the victim seems perfect, is it the perfect crime?
David Jackson delivers another razor sharp, horribly addictive addition to the DS Nathan Cody sWhen the victim seems perfect, is it the perfect crime?
David Jackson delivers another razor sharp, horribly addictive addition to the DS Nathan Cody series. I would recommend reading the first book as there is an ongoing thread from Cody's past that reoccurs and will, I imagine, continue.
At the opening of the novel beneath the towering Gothic Anglican cathedral the city of Liverpool wreathed in snow and a killer unleashes hell on a good Christian woman...
Then you are inside the killer's head from childhood and you cannot help but feel conflicted emotions as you endure with him a childhood of abuse and violence.
An edgy, disturbing read as Cody tries to hold his damaged mind together long enough to stop the killer.
I adore Robert Bryndza's Erika Foster series and think this latest novel is probably the best so far. I would highly recommend reading them in order tI adore Robert Bryndza's Erika Foster series and think this latest novel is probably the best so far. I would highly recommend reading them in order to understand the character and motivations of Erika Foster that are integral to the series.
Fast paced, razor sharp, well written as always this book follows the hunt for a killer who stalks his victims online using a fake identity. Erika is determined to find him and bring him to justice and if she has to ruffle a few feathers as she goes so be it.
She Loves Me Who lives? Who dies? Who's next? The clock is ticking.
She Loves Me Not If Helen can't solve this deadly puzzle then more blood will be shedShe Loves Me Who lives? Who dies? Who's next? The clock is ticking.
She Loves Me Not If Helen can't solve this deadly puzzle then more blood will be shed. But any mistake and it might be her own ...
A new MJ Arlidge book is always cause for excitement, these fast-paced thrillers have firmly established themselves at the heart of the UK crime fiction genre.
The seventh (is it that many already?) book in the series is told over 24 hours in the author's characteristic short chapters that ensures you keep reading and reading.....
Whether you empathise with DI Helen Grace or not, over the series she has developed into a more thoughtful, considered detective and human being though she still struggles with the dark side of her nature.
After the events of the previous novel her team are anything but and she has to find a way to pull them together to stop a ,seemingly random, cold blooded killer who shows no mercy and no signs of stopping.
She loves me was another compelling, breathless read and I cannot wait to see where this series goes next.