Severed

by Simon Kernick

Crime / Mystery Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Severed

A brilliant opening chapter and the pace is fast and furious throughout. Tyler wakes up in a room with a dead body and no recollection of how he got there and certainly no recollection of the events he then sees played out in the DVD left for him to watch – him killing the girl he has woken up next to. Gripping and  compelling you are completely caught up in the anxious race around the streets of London as Tyler tries to find out who has set him up and why. Kernick makes you hold your breath with anticipation of what plot twist will come next. Brilliant. 

Severed Synopsis

Straight off I knew it was going to be a bad day. The room was stifling hot; and when I did finally manage to drag open my eyes, all I could see was blood. I thought I’d stepped into the middle of a nightmare.

But I was wrong. The nightmare was only just beginning.

Ex-soldier Sean Tyler wakes up in an unfamiliar room next to the headless corpse of a girl he’s met recently. With his memory of the previous 24 hours wiped clean, he’s hardly out of bed before the he notices a note next to the TV telling him to press play on the room’s DVD machine. The film shows him stabbing someone to death.

Tyler is confident that the footage is fake, but will a jury see things the same way? The man on the end of the phone tells him that if he wants the evidence to disappear, he must go to an address in east London, and await further instructions.

Tyler knows he must do as he is told. He also knows that the phone caller has no intention of keeping him alive.

To survive he must recover the missing 24 hours of his life and find out who’s setting him up before his time runs out for good. The clock is ticking...

Severed Press Reviews

Simon Kernick writes with his foot pressed hard on the pedal. Hang on tight!
Harlan Coben

Simon Kernick is a rising star of British crime fiction.
Mark Lawson on BBC Radio 4's Front Row

Kernick is no longer a writer to watch; he's an author to be reckoned with.
Mark Billingham


Great plots, great characters, great action and some spectacular violence. Simon Kernick might just be the best of Britain's new-wave crime writers.
Lee Child

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ISBN: 9780593054734
Publication date: 18/06/2007
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780593054734
Publication date: 18th June 2007
Author: Simon Kernick
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense,
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About Simon Kernick

Simon Kernick was our Guest Editor in February 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing. Simon Kernick is one of Britain's most exciting new thriller writers. He arrived on the scene with his highly acclaimed debut novel The Business of Dying, and his big breakthrough came with his novel Relentless which became the bestselling thriller of 2007. Simon's research is what makes his thrillers so authentic. He talks both on and off the record to members of Special Branch, the Anti-Terrorist Branch and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, so he gets to hear first hand ...

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