A happy relaxed team in a recruitment office have a rude awakening when a new head of department is employed to improved their profitability. She certainly shakes them up, setting one against another, playing ruthless games and manipulating them mercilessly. She is a tyrant of the first order. In alternating chapters we get an American psychiatrist’s involvement with a dreadful case of child abuse and are left wondering how this all ties in and who in the tangled office might be that child grown up. Hypnotic, at times harrowing and frightening this is a compulsive read. Office life is beautifully portrayed and the dysfunctional family’s case drip fed to us in mounting horror. It is very good.
A 'Piece of Passion' from the Publisher
'This is Tammy Cohen’s fourth novel of psychological suspense and it is absolutely her best. If you think your workplace politics are bad, just step into the toxic atmosphere of previously friendly colleagues who are appointed a new boss, Rachel, who is setting them up to hate each other. It is narrated by the different people in the work place (a recruitment office). Their stories alternate with one voice from the past, Anne - a psychiatrist who is advising on a horrific case of child abuse. Anne is convinced this abused child, now in the hands of carers, may one day kill, but the male psychiatrist working on the case believes the child is safe for rehabilitation into the community. It is his advice that is followed. In the present day workplace, we the reader must guess which of the workmates is the young child, now grown up and in custody for murder of Rachel the nasty boss.
This edge-of-your-seat chiller is filled with people we feel we might know. It’s a recommended read for all those GIRL ON THE TRAIN fans.' ~ Jane Lawson, Editorial Director, Doubleday Transworld Publishers
You see them every day. You know how your colleagues like their coffee. You know who breaks the copier and doesn't fix it. And who kissed who at the Christmas party. But what can't you see? Who secretly hates you? Who is quietly having a mental breakdown? Who is capable of murder?
Closing date: 06/09/2018
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'A fresh, clever psychological thriller full of toxic characters you'll love to hate.' CLARE MACKINTOSH
'Takes the ordinary and twists it until the sense of danger is utterly overwhelming. Tammy Cohen is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors' EMMA KAVANAGH
'A compelling tale of office politics and childhood trauma, that slices through the insecurities, jealousies and hidden agendas of the work place. Skilfully written with Cohen's trademark piercing observation and vivid imagination, this book will have you nervously watching your colleagues wondering what lies beneath their masks. With twists and turns and expertly ratcheted tension, it had me gripped from the off.' AMANDA JENNINGS
Publication date: 21/04/2016
Publisher: Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||21st April 2016|
|Publisher:||Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,|
Tammy Cohen (who previously wrote under her formal name Tamar Cohen) has a growing backlist of acclaimed novels of domestic noir including:The Mistress's Revenge, The War of the Wives, and Someone Else's Wedding. Her break-out psychological suspense thriller was The Broken, followed by Dying for Christmas, First One Missing and When She Was Bad.She lives in North London with her partner and three (nearly) grown children, plus one badly behaved dog. Author photo © Johnny RingMore About Tammy Cohen