Today I am sharing my book review of The Suspects by Katharine Johnson.
*Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge in exchange or an honest and unbiased review. My opinions are my own and have not been influenced.*
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.
What a fantastic book! The Suspects was such an enjoyable book. From the opening sentence through to the last I was captivated. The situation in which these 5 young people find themselves in is all too easy to imagine. Everything escalates and problems arise which could have been resolved if they had chosen a different action.
Secrets are uncovered throughout and we learn more about each character as an individual. We get led on a journey, watching through peeking hands as things unfold. As as reader I know that each decision they make, each lie they tell is bound to lead to something much bigger, much more serious.
I found The Suspects un-put-down-able and read it all very quickly as I just needed to know what would happen.
After reading this I have added the rest of Katharine’s books to my TBR list as she has a really good way of writing and setting pace. This is definitely one for psych crime lovers.
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.)
Thanks for reading and thank you to Rachel over at Rachel’s Random Resources for this opportunity.