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The Ties That Bind by Erin Kelly
  

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A wonderfully written tale of an investigative journalist, Luke, wanting to write a book about the criminal world of the 60s and in particular an ace safe cracker. You learn from the prologue that he has got himself into a very nasty predicament and might not survive. As you read on it is unclear as to who is responsible for there are several candidates to choose from. Luke has a masters degree on homosexuality and gangland culture of the sixties so is ideally placed to do a bit of research, but such delving can bring up all sorts of dangerous secrets. This is great storytelling with very real characters, a terrific read. Highly recommended.

If you like Erin Kelly you might also like to read books by Simon Kernick, Gillian Flynn and Julia Crouch.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. For some time now, the appearance of any new book by Erin Kelly has been an event. Her novels of psychological suspense, are strikingly individual and unlike those of her peers. Her first two books, The Sick Rose and The Poison Tree borrowed titles from William Blake, and, most tellingly, The Burning Air took on Blake’s line about a destructive and dark secret love. The Ties That Bind is even more compelling, and Kelly once again proves herself to be among the most accomplished and pin-sharp of writers at work in the crime genre, with family dysfunction a speciality.
~ Barry Forshaw

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Synopsis

The Ties That Bind by Erin Kelly

Gripping, twisty and compelling, it confirms her as a mistress of psychological suspense. Could a soul, once sold, truly be redeemed? Luke is a true crime writer in search of a story. When he flees to Brighton after an explosive break-up, the perfect subject lands in his lap: reformed gangster Joss Grand. Now in his eighties, Grand once ruled the Brighton underworld with his sadistic sidekick Jacky Nye - until Jacky washed up by the West Pier in 1968, strangled and thrown into the sea. Though Grand's alibi seems cast-iron, Luke is sure there's more to the story than meets the eye, and he convinces the criminal-turned-philanthropist to be interviewed for a book about his life. Luke is drawn deeper into the mystery of Jacky Nye's murder. Was Grand there that night? Is he really as reformed a character as he claims? And who was the girl in the red coat seen fleeing the murder scene? Soon Luke realises that in stirring up secrets from the past, he may have placed himself in terrible danger.

Reviews

'An elegantly plotted, convincing and beautifully written thriller.' Sunday Mirror

'Erin Kelly's fourth novel sees her develop her already impressive crime writing skills as she moves away from the domestic thriller to a tale of thuggery in Sixties Brighton. Full of well-drawn characters and heart-stopping moments... deeply satisfying.' Sunday Express

'Flitting between present and past, the story is particularly affecting in its atmospheric re-creation of Brighton's historical criminal underworld. Equally gripping, however, is the paranoid Luke's slide into moral relativism, as he increasingly aligns himself with malign forces.' Irish Times

'A gripping story... prepare to be gripped. Fabulous Another tension-filled mystery filled with compelling characters and plot twists. Bella A gripping story... the reader becomes engrossed.' Irish Tatler

'This is a tightly written thriller that keeps the pressure full on to the end.' Buzz Magazine

'Intelligent and gripping thriller about the past and the way it shapes us.' Catholic Herald

'Kelly weaves a masterful web of intrigue, lies and divided loyalties. Her psychological insight and taut plot create a satisfying thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end.' Press Association

About the Author

Erin Kelly

Erin Kelly read English at Warwick University. Author of THE POISON TREE and THE SICK ROSE, she has worked as a freelance journalist for over ten years and has written for the Daily Mail, Psychologies, the Guardian and Cosmopolitan, among others. She lives in North London with her family. THE BURNING AIR is her third novel.

Author photo © Domenico Pugliese

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Publication date

29th January 2015

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Erin Kelly

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Publisher

Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9781444728392

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