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3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  1,821 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
Straight off I knew it was going to be a bad day. The room was stifling hot; and when I did finally manage to drag open my eyes, all I could see was blood. I thought I'd stepped into the middle of a nightmare.

But I was wrong. The nightmare was only just beginning.

Ex-soldier Sean Tyler wakes up in an unfamiliar room next to the headless corpse of a girl he's met recent
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 18th 2007 by Bantam Press
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Magan Chang
Jan 19, 2014 Magan Chang rated it it was ok
If you're looking for a book involving tons of fight scenes with a dash of mystery, this is a book for you. If you're looking for something that's more of a psychological thriller, then this probably isn't a book for you. "Severed" by Simon Kernick is a mystery novel involving a fast-paced plot and new pieces of information being thrown constantly at you.

Imagine waking up in a bed, seemingly alone. Everything is quiet when your eyes are drawn to drops of red strewn all over the bedsheets. Slowly
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Veronika
Aug 09, 2013 Veronika rated it it was amazing
I dont know what to say. It was mysterious, it was unexpected, it was really bad day... But I was impressed. Throughout the whole book the author took you in the knowledge that you cannot find out who is behind all the events. And I have to say. There were only few moments I thought I know who is behind everything and as I found out in the end I was really mistaken... Only thing I knew was that if I were that man I would rather die than to fight like he had to, that I wouldnt survive - better su ...more
Jim
May 12, 2012 Jim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-crime
At the start of this book, Tyler, the central character, wakes up in a house he doesn't recognise. He's clearly been drugged, and when he rolls over to get his bearings, he finds the badly mutilated remains of his girlfriend next to him.

Soon after, he gets a phone call that tells him that if he doesn't do certain things, the police will be called and evidence will be presented to them that suggests that he was involved in the mutilation.

He follows the instructions, but because he clearly can't
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Kim
Oct 12, 2016 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Das Buch begann mit einer äußerst spannenden und erschreckenden Situation, die mich zunächst gefesselt hat.
Ich dachte: "Endlich mal ein Buch, das mit der Tür ins Haus fällt".
Doch dann stellten sich meiner Meinung nach zu überzogen dargestellte actionreiche Abläufe ein und die "Flachheit" der Charaktere wurde immer deutlicher, was die Spannung senkte.
Die Idee, die hinter dem Ganzen steckt, halte ich dennoch für gut. Sie hätte wohl einfach besser umgesetzt werden können.
Phillip
Jan 24, 2011 Phillip rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction-thriller
You know that a Simon Kernick novel is going to grab your attention from the very first sentence and this doesn't disappoint. Your thrust straight into the action as the main character Dan Tyler wakes up to find the decapitated body of his new girlfriend lying next to him in a pool of blood in a place he doesn't recognise and with no memory of the events leading up to it. He then finds himself doing a job for a mysterious man who tells him that if he doesn't complete the job the murder weapon an ...more
Sangeeta Sharma
Dec 10, 2016 Sangeeta Sharma rated it really liked it
Finally, came out from the book hangover. It had an immense impact. From the beginning, it was very hard to put the book down even for a second. Unable to control myself, I became my self-spoiler and found that Tyler will be alive. The course of the book was unpredictable from the beginning. It did let the readers believe that Alannah could be the one. What a magnificent woman Alannah was! Adine was another powerful and charismatic woman. At some point, I felt bad for Lucas who was a well-prepar ...more
Dave
Oct 26, 2014 Dave rated it did not like it
I waded my way through 3/4's of this book and then I did something silly and deleted the book off my Kobo - I couldn't be bothered downloading it again to finish it. I have read several of Simon Kernicks books before and thoroughly enjoyed them. This one didn't do it for me
Mark Williams
Jan 28, 2015 Mark Williams rated it liked it
Another standard Simon Kernick thriller, edge of seat action all the way.
Andy
Jun 08, 2013 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-books
Another fantastic book from one of my favourite authors.
You can`t lose with any book written by Simon Kernick.
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Jannelies
May 08, 2017 Jannelies rated it liked it
Severed is fast-paced and at the same time the story evolves very slow. It was a pleasure to re-read it because apparently I didn't remember a thing from the first time I read it, when it was first published. On the other hand I now understand why I couldn't remember a thing about the book. The main character keeps running around and fighting, but you hardly get to know him. Some things he tells the reader about himself are just not quite believable.
An ok book but not Kernick's best.
Any Length
Mar 25, 2017 Any Length rated it really liked it
This book kept me on my toes and reading. It was intriguing and yet showed the way you treat your friends might come back one day to haunt you.
Mike Gritton
Mar 01, 2017 Mike Gritton rated it liked it
Good story with lots of action but predictable plot. Twist and turns were nice but easily guessable.
Best Crime Books & More
Jun 19, 2012 Best Crime Books & More rated it really liked it
My first Kernick book was Relentless which I cannot praise highly enough. I then moved on to his most recent book The Last Ten Seconds which I loved too. I had really high hopes for this book but it didn't quite live up to expectation for me.

Don't get me wrong, it certainly wasn't a bad book, but in comparison to the last two I have read it just wasn't as good. The great thing about Simon Kernick's writing is that he isn't backward in coming forward. Each book I have read starts at 100 miles per
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Taitrina Falcon
Oct 12, 2014 Taitrina Falcon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home
I haven't read a Simon Kernick book in a while, which is why I haven't rated or reviewed the others of his I have marked as read. I remembering reading them but don't really remember much about them. I should re-read I guess.

In this book it follows Tyler, a guy who has one of John McClanes, really bad days. He lurches from one near death experience, one fight for his life, one murder scene to another, somehow managing to emerge intact and keep on going despite injuries and despite overwhelming o
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Dan
Jun 10, 2014 Dan rated it it was ok
I was actually disappointed that I didn't enjoy this one! I was looking forward to a good British thriller from one of my favourite authors, but it wasn't to be.

My first woe was that the Audible version was narrated by Paul Panting who should be narrating ESL audio tracks, not thrillers, instead of Paul Thornley. But I'm not sure how much it would have changed things as I felt the story was extremely weak. The main character was not developed at all, and having finished the book, I'm still not
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Lukasz Pruski
Mar 02, 2013 Lukasz Pruski rated it it was ok
Simon Kernick’s “Severed” made me realize what a useful skill speed-reading is. First, though, I gave the book a chance and read almost one hundred pages, paying close attention to the text. The remaining 400 pages took me under three hours. I could not force myself to read thoroughly because of lame writing.

This is the same Simon Kernick who wrote “The Business of Dying”, a very good thriller, four stars from me, and also “Relentless”, “The Crime Trade”, and “The Murder Exchange”, which were al
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Kim
Aug 15, 2010 Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2010
That was quite fun was that book. It's twisted and convoluted but never really confusing. I didn't know who the goodies and the baddies were until the end - even though, in hindsight it was marginally obvious.
And isn't that the sign of a well written crime book?

Tyler wakes up in a strange bed, covered in blood and lying next to the beheaded body of his new lover. He has no idea how he got there. where he is and what exactly happened. He is sure he has been set up but by whom and why is beyond hi
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LJ
Sep 05, 2007 LJ rated it did not like it
SEVERED (Thriller-England-Cont) – DNF
Kernick, Simon – Standalone
Bantam Press, 2007, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 9780593054734
First Sentence: From the moment I open my eyes, I know it’s going to be a bad day.
*** Ex-soldier Dan Tyler wakes up in a strange room next to the headless body of his girlfriend, a DVD showing someone who looks like him killing her and instructions that if he follows instructions, he will receive the evidence to clear himself.
*** This is an exciting, fast-paced, race-against-the-
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Steve Horsfall
Jun 30, 2011 Steve Horsfall rated it it was amazing
The third SK book I have read and my favourite so far. As with his other books, Kernick pushes the reader straight into the action, this time through the eyes of former soldier Tyler who wakes up next to the severed body of his new girlfriend. Tyler's being set-up and has play to the tune of his erstwhile blackmailers before he can look to solve the mystery of why him? Bodies start falling as fast as in a Die Hard movie and we start to learn more about the events of Tyler's military history that ...more
Mutar
Dec 18, 2013 Mutar rated it it was amazing
I read this when I was a young teenager and I still remember most of it.

It really depends what you're into, the imagery is quite horrific and the plot is quite disturbing but then you have to admire the author's imagination as it keeps you asking 'What The F*** is happening here'.

It was recommended to me and so I read it and couldn't put it down. Simon has a style of writing which suits his genre. I went on to read several other similar books that same year but this one remains embedded in my
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Julie
Apr 22, 2009 Julie rated it it was ok
Not alot. I'm afraid I have not finished it. Don't feel like wasting my time, I was 3/4 of the way through, but am not interested enough to find out the ending. On my 'too sell' pile. The style of writing is good, but the plot is zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Started off well, but just dragged on and on until I lost interest. Would of given 1 star, but it got 2 for the writing style - shame the plot let it down. How much trouble and strife can someone get into and still live and stay out of prison, unrealis ...more
Lozza
Jul 25, 2016 Lozza rated it really liked it
Well what can i say? This was a really good fast paced full of action book. I couldnt put this book down for the last two days. I will say fighting guns and violence in book isn't my thing and thats why i gave it 4 and not 5 stars but all in all very good. I do think Tyler had a very bad but predictable violent day. After the 3rd fight i did get a bit bored of all the action if i am honest as really he would of been dead by now. The ending really sold it for me though what a great twist!! I thin ...more
Magda
Aug 13, 2010 Magda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, own
I really enjoyed reading this book. the action starts on the first page and keeps you interested through the whole book. It was easy to read and read pretty fast. In the book we can find round characters, they are fully formed and complex. We can find many plots combined into one , and it doesn't feel forced. There is a lot of twists which made you want to read it. Some moments made me a little bored (the "flashbacks"), they take you back and tell you stories from the past. They are necessary to ...more
Deanna
Jul 10, 2008 Deanna rated it liked it
Fast-paced. A good read, except for the parts where we went 'back in time' to what happened in the army. I just found those parts of the book kinda boring. Written in the first-person, which I enjoy.

It took me longer to read this book than it should have, due to my addiction to other things in life (mainly the pc game Team Fortress 2). I don't know if I'd recommend this book to anyone, but I'll certainly pick up the author's previous book, and any future books. :)
Steven
Aug 05, 2011 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, crime, thriller
This book follows on in the same vein as previous effort Relentless. It's a pretty good book but the lead character just isn't as strong or indeed likeable as previous ones. The story itself was quite unteresting and it certainly kept me turning pages to find out what was going to happen next. Again, I wouldn't recommend it as a first book by Simon Kernick but if you like this type of book then are far worse reads out there in the genre.
Jay
Quite an enjoyable read overall, despite feeling that the conclusion was a touch disappointing.

Very similar feel to the other Simon Kernick book I read previously called Relentless, but I put this down to his writing style. It is an easy-going but fast paced style.

On this note, I regret not reading this book from beginning to end continuously because I think me reading it in fits and starts has knocked it off my favourites. Maybe one day I'll return to it.
Salemalqassimi
A fine book to pass the time. I read this after a couple of failed starts while my internet connection was down.
Simon can write. That's for sure. What he writes is another thing. The concept of this book is dated, slightly boring and predictable. This book just blends with all the other unknown and unimpressive novels out there. Still, if it's the only book you've got, it should help pass the time.
Redfox5
Apr 19, 2011 Redfox5 rated it liked it
The tag line for this book annoyed me. 'One Night Stand, One Dead Body, One Bad Day' There is no one night stand! He's been seeing this girl for a few weeks, he's falling in love with her. So that is lies. But other than that, I liked the book. Not as exciting as the other book I read by Kernick but it's good enough to keep crime fans entertained.
Liam
Mar 20, 2008 Liam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This is not a bad little yarn actually...

An ex-army guy wakes up next to the dead corpse of who he assumes is his girlfriend and is blackmailed into delivering a briefcase for someone on pain of him being framed for the death of said girlfriend.

But nothing turns out to be as it seems and this whole story is a rollercoaster ride from one venue to the next.

Good action story.
Anja
May 18, 2012 Anja rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ich muss sagen dass ich von diesem buch schon ziemlich entäuscht bin. die erzählweise geht erst langsam und plötzlich sehr schnell voran. ausserdem kann man das finale irgendwie voraussehen.
das buch ist nicht empfehlenswert für zart besaitete seelen.



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Simon Kernick (born 1966 in Slough, Berkshire) is a British thriller/crime writer now living in Oxfordshire with his wife and two daughters. He attended Gillotts School, a comprehensive in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Whilst he was a student his jobs included fruitpicker and Christmas-tree uprooter. He graduated from Brighton Polytechnic in 1991 with a degree in humanities. Kernick had a passion ...more
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