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This debut held me in thrall, it feels so different, and promises much as the start to a new series. Investigative reporter Casey Benedict is always looking for the next big story, an overheard conversation in a nightclub leads her straight into the jaws of hell. Author Holly Watt is an award-winning investigative journalist which adds to the overall feeling of credibility. The intruiging prologue and continued moments of reflection left questions flaring free, ready to claim my awareness. It took me a little while to get used to the style, which on occasion felt clipped, even a little awkward, which in fact adds to the originality of the tale. The devastating story Casey is chasing is slow to build, the painstaking piecing together of information feels completely authentic. When the story really takes off, it threw my thoughts into turmoil, I could all too easily imagine this happening in reality. To The Lions is an intelligent, provocative thriller and the much deserved winner of the 2019 Crime Writers’ Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger.
A journalist must follow the clues, no matter how far that takes her.
Casey Benedict, star reporter at the Post, has infiltrated the lives and exposed the lies of countless politicians and power players. Using her network of contacts, Casey is always on the search for the next big story, no matter how much danger this might place her in, no matter what cost emotionally.
Tipped off by an overheard conversation at an exclusive London nightclub, she begins to investigate the apparent suicide of a wealthy young British man, whose death has left his fiancee and family devastated.
Casey's determined hunt for the truth will take her from the glitz of St-Tropez to the deserts of Libya and on to the very darkest corners of the human mind.
Superbly entertaining ... This promises to be an outstanding series - Telegraph
A first-rate Fleet Street novel ... equally good on the spy-like ploys used by undercover hacks as it is on tensions and teamwork in the newsroom - Sunday Times
Superbly plotted... frighteningly plausible and utterly unforgettable! This is a rollercoaster of a book... To the Lions is quite sensational - Crime Review
This fast-paced thriller follows journalist Casey Benedict on a dark trail of murder, political corruption and lies in a well-told tale that grabs you from the very first page - i
More than a touch of le Carre to this debut... Watt builds the tension magnificently -- Thrillers of the Year - The Times
This book is astonishing. Containing the most horrific concept for a crime novel I've ever encountered, it manages also to be beautifully written and tragic. It made me question the value we put on human life and consider what it means to be human. Utterly unforgettable -- Emma Flint, author of 'Little Deaths' Eye-popping in its revelations of undercover journalists' tactics ... Holly Watt's knowledge and experience as an investigative reporter add a seriousness to this fast-moving [thriller] - Literary Review
An amazing book ... Completely riveting ... A breath-holding rollercoaster of a read, which opens doors and windows into the way the world is that are genuinely shocking -- Manda Scott, author of 'A Treachery of Spies' Tightly plotted, frighteningly plausible and packed with insider knowledge, To The Lions is an astonishing debut -- M. W. Craven, author of 'The Puppet Show' Sensational! I loved it. Superbly plotted, and what a brilliant series lead! A sure hit -- Clare Mackintosh, author of 'Let Me Lie' -
Publication date: 23/01/2020
Publisher: Raven Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
|Publication date:||23rd January 2020|
|Publisher:||Raven Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, Debuts of the Month, Debuts, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Thriller / suspense, Espionage & spy thriller,|
Holly Watt is an award-winning investigative journalist who worked on MPs expenses and the Panama Papers. She has written for the Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian. To The Lions, was shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize and the Capital Crime Amazon Publishing Readers' Awards. @holly_wattMore About Holly Watt