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An extraordinary, well-written, fast-moving and intelligent murder mystery. It is a tale of obsession and murder, both premeditated and unintentional, the contrasts are intriguing. The fine line between sanity and insanity is beautifully drawn. We follow a reclusive computer geek, Matt, his obsession in the flat beneath, Nigel, Nigel’s girlfriend Laura, the police and a seedy photographer. It is a tale with two strands and a horrific murder early on. As the strands slowly link so the gradual build becomes nail-biting, leaving you desperately turning pages to a conclusion you really won’t see coming. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

If you like Fergus McNeill you might also like to read books by Peter Robinson, Mark Billingham and Peter James.

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  • Sallyann Spittle - 'I couldn’t put the book down and am now reading the two books that prequel this one. Praise for Fergus McNeill – now one of my favourite authors.'
  • Alison Bisping - 'A great read - a page turner that I didn't want to put down and was keen to spend as much time reading it as I could.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This is one creepy read that is not worth putting down for sleep. Stay up and read this instead! I recommend this for all thriller fans.'
  • Julie Bertschin - 'When curiosity turns into obsession - your worst neighbour ever imaginable.  Gripping and engrossing story of one man's crusade to be just like his neighbour.'
  • Ray Orgill - 'A very entertaining and chilling read.'
  • Debbie Patrick - 'What if someone wished their life was more like yours? Exactly like yours? And what if they lived upstairs?'
  • Jocelyn Garvey - 'This is everything a thriller should be. Good plot with well written characters and always a brooding sense of menace in the background.'
  • Katherine Stewart - 'Intriguing plot about a young man who takes an excessive interest in his new neighbour.'
  • Rachel Aygin - 'I thought I had it all worked out but found myself thinking “What? But this never happens in a crime thriller!”'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Given the extensive number of murder-mysteries on the book / e-book shelves, I was disappointed in my first read in the D I Harland series – engaging though it was, there was just no ‘wow’ factor.'
  • Lisa Lamb - 'the story was so utterly gripping I just had to read on to find out what happened next.'
  • Cyllene Griffiths - 'was pleasantly surprised by a twist near the end. Overall, however, I think a different writing style would have improved the suspense of what is an inventive and intriguing story.'
  • Victoria Goldman - 'a clever mix of psychological thriller and police procedural. It has a brilliant well-written fast-paced plot. I read it in one sitting, which for me is the sign of a great book.'
  • Suzanne Marsh - 'This story has it all...a great tense police procedural for crime fiction fans.'
  • Joanne Nuttie - 'I enjoyed the story and as there were lots of twists and turns I quickly became hooked and ended up reading it in a few days.'
  • Sue Burton - 'Excellent book, shall make sure I read the series.'
  • Russ Pasquill - 'This was an addictive read.  It was great and I finished it within the day.'
  • Sheila Johnson - 'An unusual detective "whodunnit" best read without any distractions!'
  • Lynn Pettitt - 'Slow to start, but really held my interest after a few chapters, and I didn't expect the conclusion.'

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Cut Out by Fergus McNeill

Nigel never meant for it to happen. At first, he just wanted to be Matt's friend. But when he discovers he can hear what is going on in the flat below him, his fascination with his new neighbour drifts into obsession. Rearranging his furniture to recreate the layout of the rooms downstairs. Buying the same clothes, going through Matt's post, his things. Becoming Matt without him ever knowing. And it would have been all right, if Matt hadn't brought the girl home. When things spiral out of control, Detective Inspector Harland has to unravel the disturbing truth. But there's far more to the case than meets the eye ...


A deceptively easy-to-read and well-crafted story. Discontent, the hand of devious friendship and the reach of technology drive a distinctly troubling tale. Fergus McNeill draws you into the abnormal and disturbed, making it all seem everyday. Ask yourself, how well do you really know your neighbour? * * A chilling game of cat and mouse that should keep you awake long after bedtime. DI Harland is a welcome addition to the growing ranks of British detectives. * Peter Robinson on EYE CONTACT * Seamlessly elegant high-concept crime novel. Brilliant - loved every minute of it. * Sophie Hannah on EYE CONTACT * A startling thriller . . . a treat for fans of gritty crime. * Sunday Mirror *

About the Author

Fergus McNeill

Fergus McNeill is the author of Eye Contact and Knife Edge. As well as writing crime novels, he has been creating computer games since the early eighties, writing his first interactive fiction titles while still at school. Now running an app development studio, Fergus lives in Hampshire with his wife and teenage son.

Author photo © Cameron McNeill

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23rd April 2015


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Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


400 pages


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