Chosen as a Richard and Judy Book Club selection Autumn 2015.
Shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2015.
US author Swanson confirms the promise of his excellent debut The Girl with a Clock for a Heart with an oustanding suspense tale that will be vying for awards by the end of the year. Beginning, Highsmith and Hitchcock-style, with two strangers meeting on a plane and, jokingly plotting the murder of an unfaithful wife, this quickly veers into deeply dark territory with heartstopping twists you just don't see coming and the wicked portrait of an anti-heroine with a soul of glass and a surfeit of concealed evil, the likes of which you will be both seduced and appalled by, and a memorable creation in the annals of villainy to put alongside Amy of GONE GIRL fame. To say this is gripping is an understatement, a perfect thriller that will haunt your nights and days forever, and the sort of novel that renews your love for crime fiction.
Maxim Jakubowski's February 2015 Book of the Month.
A dual-voiced psychological thriller jumping between Ted and Lily. Ted’s wife is being unfaithful and he dreams of killing her and her lover. Lily is happy to do it for him. They met at Heathrow when their flight was delayed, drunk perhaps a tad too much and then opened up their hearts. We, the reader, learn that Lily, aged 9, believed the next-door neighbour had sexual desires for her. Aged 14 (a few sections later) she kills him and drops his body down the disused well. Jump to Ted’s domestic problems and Lily’s thirst for blood returns. This is fast-paced, cinematic stuff. Will she, won’t she, can she get away with it and what will happen next? Truly suspenseful and chilling stuff.
|Primary Genre||Thriller and Suspense|