Wednesday, 8 May 2019

The Suspects by Katherine Johnson - Blog Tour Review

Shallow Grave meets The Secret History in this quirky psychological thriller
Bristol, 1988. Five young graduates on the threshold of their careers buy a house together in order to get a foot on the property ladder before prices spiral out of their reach. But it soon becomes the house share from hell.
After their New Year’s Eve party, they discover a body – and it's clear they’ll be the first suspects. As each of them has a good reason from their past not to trust the police, they come up with a solution – one which forces them into a life of secrets and lies. But can they trust each other? 
"The hugely talented Katharine Johnson has, again delivered a tense thriller! This is a compelling novel - up there with Erin Kelly and Sophie Hannah."
Val Penny, author of The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries.
“Gripping and frighteningly realistic. The twists and turns kept me guessing to the very end.”
Jo Fenton, author of The Brotherhood.
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My Review
The Suspects is such an intriguing read. The story is told from Emily's perspective. Emily is a great character and I enjoyed her narrating what was going on. Clever and strong, she is dealing with the situation she finds herself in the best way she can. I loved reading about the relationship she has with fellow housemate Zac, the ups and downs and how finding the body changes the way their relationship develops. 
The beginning of the book takes place at a funeral, which I found really got me invested in the story. I needed to find out what and happened and why they were at a funeral. 
After the group find a body in the basement of their house, things escalate quickly. It starts a series of events that will affect them all, one way or another. I loved the mystery in the book, who is the person in basement? How did they get there? Was it an accident or something far more sinister? 
The Suspects is the perfect read if you like a good mystery. Katherine Johnson sets the scene brilliantly, supported by well written characters and a superb plot. It is just an all round cracking read. 
About the author
Katharine Johnson was born in Bristol and now lives in Berkshire. She’s worked as a journalist on lots of magazines and has written a history book about Windsor. When not writing you’ll usually find her with a book in one hand and a coffee in the other, restoring a house in Italy, walking her spaniel or playing netball (although not usually at the same time.) @crookedcatbooks

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1 comment

  1. Oh yeah.... I'm part way through a d totally get the Shallow Grave vibe too. I'm loving it. Suspenseful and very entertaining


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