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Fault Lines

by Doug Johnstone

eBooks of the Month Shorter Reads 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.

Fault lines is a great murder mystery that has you page turning from the start. A classic who done it with intrigue, love and an unknown motive. Great read! Full review

Ian Watkin

Fault Lines is a gripping novel with secrets as dark as the black volcanic sand and rock of The Inch itself. Full review

Gwen McGinty

A rich dark emotional thriller with so many twists and turns that will keep you guessing right to the end. Full review

Patricia Dewey

Fault Line had me on the promise of volcanic eruptions, murder mystery, reimagined Edinburgh and university setting. Full review

Henna Rinne

A compelling thriller with a brooding sense of unease throughout which features a familiar yet different Scotland - a Scotland where volcanic activity has created a new island in the Firth of Forth. Full review

Jennifer Stewart

A fast paced, short thriller book with a complex and not always likeable main character. Doug Johnstone keep the reader engaged with his characters and landscapes throughout. Full review


Secrets and lies! Full review

Margaret Quirke

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 Woodward

Set in an alternate Edinburgh but one we can all recognise, this is a wonderfully descriptive and well written suspense novel. Full review

Karen McIntosh

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

Siobhan McDowell

Has great potential but I just couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters so was difficult to keep reading. Very good writing, just disappointing characters. Full review

Rebecca Kirkby

Had to keep reminding myself that this was ‘re-imagined’ contemporary Edinburgh such was the credibility of both the style of narrative and it’s delivery. Brilliant thriller. Full review

Phylippa Smithson

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: eBook Favourites, 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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