Fault Lines

by Doug Johnstone

Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Fault Lines

Brilliantly constructed speculative crime fiction A classic whodunit Dark psychological suspense Doug Johnstone returns with his most explosive and original thriller yet...

Short, sharp, punchy. As a reimagined Edinburgh sits with a volcano on the doorstep, volcanologist Surtsey discovers the very dead body of her lover, and a split-second decision turns her entire world upside down. Doug Johnstone sets the pace from the very beginning, fast moving chapters kept my thoughts whirring. Surtsey is a fascinating character, living her life in the moment, her actions reverberated across the surface of the pages. I could feel her shock, her confusion, yet she didn’t allow me close enough to form a bond, consequently I found myself evaluating, sifting, perhaps even judging. It feels as though a reckoning is thundering towards Surtsey, and I sat waiting, expectantly tense, ready to view the outcome. ‘Fault Lines’ cranks up the volume on original, yet feels intensely raw, earthy, and real, for a short book, it packs a mighty wallop. 

Liz Robinson

Fault Lines Synopsis

A little lie ... a seismic secret ... and the cracks are beginning to show... In a reimagined contemporary Edinburgh, in which a tectonic fault has opened up to produce a new volcano in the Firth of Forth, and where tremors are an everyday occurrence, volcanologist Surtsey makes a shocking discovery. On a clandestine trip to The Inch - the new volcanic island - to meet Tom, her lover and her boss, she finds his lifeless body, and makes the fatal decision to keep their affair, and her discovery of his corpse secret. Desperate to know how he died, but also terrified she'll be exposed, Surtsey's life quickly spirals into a nightmare when someone makes contact - someone who claims to know what she's done...

Fault Lines Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

I just felt that there were too many 'that's not right' moments in the plotting. Full review

Siobhan McDowell

Volcanic eruptions in the Firth of Forth, a dead body, a heroine who swears, drinks and tells lies. Lots of them. Until they catch up with her. Full review

Belle Wodward

Fault Lines Press Reviews

'An unnerving tale of what happens to ordinary lives when the wheels come off.' - Val McDermid on The Jump


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ISBN: 9781912374151
Publication date: 22/05/2018
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912374151
Publication date: 22nd May 2018
Author: Doug Johnstone
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 300 pages
Genres: Shorter Reads, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Crime & mystery,

About Doug Johnstone

Doug Johnstone is the author of four novels, most recently Hit & Run, acclaimed by Ian Rankin as 'a great slice of noir' and by Irvine Welsh as 'a grisly parable for our times'. He is also a freelance journalist, a songwriter and musician, and has a PhD in nuclear physics. He lives in Edinburgh.   Author photo © Chris Scott  

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