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The Killer on the Wall by Emma Kavanagh
  

The Killer on the Wall

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May 2017 Book of the Month.

What a fabulously thrilling and penetrating tale this is. In 1996 Isla Bell found the bodies on the wall, now in 2016, she is a forensic psychologist studying the brains of serial killers, however her life begins to spin apart when dead bodies again appear, positioned with utmost care, leaning against Hadrian’s Wall. This is clever, breathtaking writing, heavy with portent as the past exists in the present, constantly prodding and provoking. Three characters sit centre stage, yet all very much have their part to play, as unexpected hits of information made my mind race around in fevered action as I tested theories. Emma Kavanagh’s background, as a police and military psychologist, is clear to see and feel, there were times when shivers raced down my arms, connecting to the words on the page. With a shocking and quite stunning conclusion, ‘The Killer on the Wall’ is a killer of a must read. ~ Liz Robinson

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  • Nicola Southwell - 'This is a gritty psychological thriller set in the beautiful landscape of Hadrian's Wall country...This gripping storyline will keep you guessing until the end.'
  • Rebecca Cockeram - 'Fast paced thriller about a notorious serial killer in a sleepy town, who murders start up again despite him being in prison. This is an excellent read. Highly recommended it.'
  • Beverley Davenport - 'A dark and sinister murderer seemingly returns to a small isolated village resting under the shadow of Hadrian's Wall, as the body count rises, so do the number of suspect.'
  • Emily Wright - 'When a novel begins with three dead bodies you know you are in for a compelling read. Emma Kavanagh maintains the reader’s intrigue with a breathtaking pace throughout.'
  • Celia Cohen - 'A well written psychological thriller.'
  • Sabine Little - 'A complex story of murder and mystery, spanning two decades, with Hadrian's Wall looming in the background like an additional character in the plot.'
  • Angela Rhodes - 'The fear, the nightmares are back and so is the Killer On The Wall.'
  • Carol Tuckett - 'A brilliant book bringing together people from the past and present. Will they get the right man this time?'
  • Alan Brown - 'Emma Kavanagh is an excellent storyteller and brilliant at building up characters alongside an impish skill of playing with red herrings.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'The plot is very good, it's a bit of a puzzle, things don't seem to be adding up with past and current crimes and then it all starts to become clear and the excitement really builds and at that point I was not putting it down!'

Synopsis

The Killer on the Wall by Emma Kavanagh

The first body comes as a shock, the second brings horror, the third signals the beginning of a nightmare. When fifteen-year-old Isla Bell finds three bodies propped against Hadrian's Wall, her whole world falls apart. In such a close-knit community, everyone knows the victims, and the man who did it. Twenty years on and Isla has dedicated her life to forensic psychology; studying the brains of serial killers, and even coming face to face with the convicted murderer who turned her world upside down. She is safe after all, with him behind bars. Then another body appears against the Wall. And another. As the nightmare returns and the body count rises, everyone in town is a suspect. Who is the Killer on the Wall?

Reviews

The first body comes as a shock. The second brings horror. The third signals the beginning of a nightmare... When fifteen-year-old Isla Bell finds three bodies propped against Hadrian's Wall, her whole world falls apart. In such a close-knit community, everyone knows the victims, and the man who did it.

Twenty years on and Isla has dedicated her life to forensic psychology; studying the brains of serial killers, and even coming face to face with the convicted murderer who turned her world upside down. She is safe after all, with him behind bars.

Then another body appears against the Wall. And another.

As the nightmare returns and the body count rises, everyone in town is a suspect.

Who is the Killer on the Wall? * from the publisher's description * The Killer on the Wall is several cuts above your usual psychological thriller. It's beautifully written, emotionally involving and psychologically complex. You know you're in the hands of a writer who really understands her subject matter. The story is skilfully told and so subtly nuanced, I gave up trying to guess where it was going and let myself be swept along with it, totally engrossed. And when the final twist came I said `oh my god', and then almost immediately `of course'. Classy atmospheric and satisfying. Read it. -- Tammy Cohen Tense, well crafted and difficult to put down. A cracking read! -- Jane Isaac A nerve-shredding new thriller * Good Housekeeping * Tense, disturbing, gritty and unashamedly macabre, this is a must for crime fans * Heat Magazine *


About the Author

Emma Kavanagh

Emma Kavanagh was born and raised in South Wales. After graduating with a PhD in Psychology from Cardiff University, she spent many years working as a police and military psychologist, training firearms officers, command staff and military personnel throughout the UK and Europe. Now she is lucky enough to be able to write for a living. She lives in South Wales with her husband and young son.

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Book Info

Publication date

20th April 2017

Author

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Publisher

Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Books of the Month
Thriller / Suspense
Summer Reading
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Crime & mystery
Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9781784752668

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