This gripping, graphic debut crime thriller set in Northern Ireland reels with real-life grit, twists and tangled tension.
Kerry Buchanan’s Knife Edge debut will surely entice crime thriller enthusiasts to add her to their future must-read-everything-by-this-author list. Packed with pace and tension, and cleverly-told from multiple points of view, it’s fair to say this will have thriller fans on a knife edge.
The action centres around Nic. After reluctantly going clubbing with a friend, Nic wakes up bound at the wrists by “hard plastic zip-ties”. Then, after witnessing her friend being cut by their captor, Nic makes a run for it. Later, in hospital, she’s questioned by Detectives Asha Harvey and Aaron Birch. But when the detectives visit the scene, there’s no sign of Nic’s friend or the killer. All trace has vanished - they have a missing man and a missing murderer on their hands. The investigation takes readers deep into the world of forensics as a murderous, cruel cat and mouse game unfolds, with Nic playing a pivotal role in the inquiry.
Buchanan’s writing is taut, and vividly descriptive with it - there’s a lot of graphic detail. The author is also strong when it comes to creating a sense of place, and in conveying her characters’ inner lives. Stirring stuff for fans of pacey in-your-face thrillers with a satisfying undercurrent of psychological insights.
A MESMERIZING BREAK-OUT CRIME THRILLER FULL OF BREATHTAKING TWISTS
Nic always hated clubbing.
She only went out that night because she’d promised a friend.
She wakes up, naked and bound in an abandoned cottage in the middle of nowhere. Dappled light comes in through a dirty window. Her body is covered in cuts. Across the room her friend groans in pain.
A shadow passes the window. He’s back.
He picks up a knife. He begins to cut her friend. In that moment of bloody frenzy, Nic wrenches free and runs.
She’s finally safe. But this is just the beginning.
Detectives Asha Harvey and Aaron Birch arrive at the scene hours later. There is no body, there is no sign of the killer. It’s as if it never happened.
YOU THINK YOU KNOW HOW IT ENDS? THINK AGAIN.
Fans of Lynda La Plante, Tana French, Patricia Gibney, Brian McGilloway and Helen H. Durrant will devour this electrifying crime thriller by one of Northern Ireland’s newest talents.
|Publication date:||15th April 2021|
|Primary Genre||Crime and Mystery|
Closing date: 07/11/2021