- File Size: 458 KB
- Print Length: 255 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: darkstroke books (May 10, 2019)
- Publication Date: May 10, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07PRCJ785
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,943 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Suspects Kindle Edition
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This book moved really slow. It didn't make much sense to me in many parts. It felt like a big jumbled mess. The author wanted to accomplish too many things at once in this book, which made everything that happened completely out of the realm of possibility.
The overall plot in this book was good. I just wasn't impressed with how it was written. I figured a lot out. Some things were completely out in left field that left me perplexed and shaking my head. I can't say that the characters were likeable. They were all daft and selfish. I found it really hard to connect to them.
On the flip side... Even though I wasn't impressed, I can admit the author had some really great ideas. The book did have some good parts throughout it. Those parts kept me reading. By the time I got to the end of the book, I was curious to see how everything was going to play out.
Between all the crappy decisions and the consequences for those decisions, this book would be enjoyable to some. It just didn't hit the mark for me.
They've made the decision to move in together. They share the mortgage & all expenses on a home badly in need of refurbishment. The first few weeks in their jointly-owned home, they are all on their best behavior. But, the honeymoon period quickly ends. It was the party on New Year's Eve that changed everything. They make a gruesome discovery; a dead body at the bottom of their basement steps. They start plotting ways to get rid of the body. Now, they are bound together by what they've done.
Weeks later, the body is found by a couple walking their dog. Through dental records, they establish the man's identity. But, what if by removing his body & staging his suicide, they also removed evidence that would have shown his death was an accident? Or, perhaps, he was murdered & his killer might be one of them? Can they trust each other?
This was remarkably free of "Brit speak". The story involves five starving college grads who share a house, and can barely make ends meet. One New Year's Eve they host a party. The next day they discover a body in the basement. Bad decision #1 is to not call the police, instead move the body and toss it over a cliff, far away. But now they have a secret and can't tell anyone. You know what they say about secrets and three or more people. Soon it begins to unravel, and they discover everyone isn't exactly who they say they are.
The pace is steady but slow. I just kept reading, and I did enjoy it, but it's not an action thriller.
Great story, good characters, sometimes a bit whiney.
I had trouble believing the cops really investigated a stolen car as thoroughly as they did here. Maybe they knew more than they let on. Each character lived with the fear they were going to prison.
In a way, this sums up this gripping psychological thriller, although not every character is by any means without flaws. And there are a lot of characters, and it took me a little while to form a mental picture of the key players.
Once I did, I was totally hooked. During these difficult times, my ability to read has dwindled, but this book was my constant companion over several nights.
I don't want to say too much about the plot. Only that it twists and turns like a snake, leaving the reader unsure exactly where it might go next. And I enjoyed all the 80s references – good and bad – such as the impact of AIDS, Trivial Pursuit and Spud U Like.
I highly recommend this book, and will definitely seek out more by the author.
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Yet when I opened this for the first time I swore very loudly as there were 2 glaring mistakes on page 1 !! I wasn't going to continue after that so I'm pleased I overlooked them....(spelling the publisher as darkstor and writing his and not this)....although they were pretty frightful !! The other mistakes were an irritating lack of fullstops and speechmarks peppered throughout, more so the fullstops. That got worse as we progressed, again making me curse a lot. Then wavering misspelled as waivering and both Ladies and Gents lost their apostrophes.
These aside, I'll definitely read more by this author. I've looked up her previous 2 books and one sounds quite similar to this and another I don't fancy but I'll keep an eye out for the next one she writes for sure.
In The Suspects, we have a group of graduate trainee journalists who know each other only slightly when they take out a joint mortgage to buy a shared house in Bristol. It’s a small detail but an important one because the mortgage shackles them with a joint responsibility at a time many of us will remember when interest rates were spiralling out of control. Anyone who has lived in similar house shares and experienced the niggles of communal living will, at first, find the characters very relatable. We soon find out they are anything but – all of them are concealing guilty secrets from their past so, when they find a body in the basement a week after their New Year’s Eve party they don’t react as you might expect. The consequences take the characters and the reader on a rollercoaster ride of twists and high tension.
There are so many things I loved about this novel – the unreliable narrator, Emily; the period detail – Scruples, Blind Date, AIDS, kilims, the 2CV and Opium perfume and the plot that piles twist upon twist until I was thinking OK, enough now - this rollercoaster ride is too much but then it is all worth it because, shortly before the end, is a heart-in-mouth scene that packs an emotional punch. As always, the quality of the writing is excellent. The Suspects deserves a wide-audience and to be Johnson’s breakthrough book.
I loved the writing style. It felt young and dangerous and fast and it took me back to my flat-sharing days in London. The tension and suspense was overwhelming and I honestly had my heart in my mouth - especially when they were making that car trip.
I've been recommending this book to everyone!