Win a Family Weekend Break with Lovereading and VisitWiltshire - click here for details...

book price comparison tudor queens series likeyoulove
Search our site
The Great Cornish Getaway by Fern Britton Read the opening extract of the brand new Fern Britton book before its publication on 01/02/2018

Cold Hands by John Niven
  

Lovereading view...

As John Niven this clever man writes gritty social satire (Kill Your Friends, The Amateurs), add the J and he has turned himself into a lethal crime author. This is a cold, bleak, mid-winter, Canadian-based thriller. Married into money, our now wealthy Scot-immigrant husband Donnie has left his sordid gangland life behind and is now a decent chap. We get his brutal early life interspersed in the vernacular which contrasts well. Now his past has caught up with him and the novel turns into a blood bath. Beware the faint-hearted.

If you like John Niven you might also like to read books by Andrew Pyper, Tess Gerritsen and S. J. Watson.

Win a Family Break to Salisbury!

Don’t miss out! Enter to win a family break to Salisbury!

Here at Lovereading.co.uk and Lovereading4kids.co.uk we have joined with VisitWiltshire. You could see yourself indulging in the finest food and slumbering comfortably into one of the grand rooms at The Red Lion Salisbury for two nights. The Red Lion Hotel is located in medieval city of Salisbury, which is home to all your favourite stores as well as independent shops, restaurants, cafes and parks and green spaces. Nearby is Stonehenge, Salisbury Plain and numerous sites of historic and archaeological interest.

There are many seasonal events in Salisbury, and you can find out what’s on here. You will also receive a family ticket to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, the gardens are especially beautiful in the winter, with bold coloured stems, scents, and fabulous foliage, you can be sure to be impressed. For the children there is also a play park, and you can stop off in the Victorian tea room to warm up and treat yourself to a traditional cream tea.

To have a chance of winning this fantastic prize, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once. Entries close 31st January 2018.

Good luck!

Terms and Conditions

Red Lion: Two night stay includes breakfast for two adults and up to two children sharing a family room. Subject to availability and cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash value. Not to be used in combination with any other offer. Valid until 1st Dec 2018 and excludes bank holidays.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens: Valid for day entry, Not to be used for special events or group entry. Voucher is not transferable or refundable, no Cash Value. Ticket must be redeemed on entry. Valid until 31 Dec 2018. Gardens open daily from 10am – closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Prize admits 2 adults and accompanying children Under 17 FREE to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 31/01/2018

Synopsis

Cold Hands by John Niven

The writer of the bestselling Kill Your Friends has turned to crime, and his debut is a gut-wrenching, heart-breaking thriller that will take your breath away. Donnie Miller counts himself lucky. After a troubled and impoverished upbringing in Scotland, he now has all he wants: a caring wife, a bright and happy son, a beautiful house in remote wilderness of central Canada. As the brutal northern winter begins to bite, he can sit back and enjoy life. But there are noises in the nearby woods, signs of some mysterious watcher. When the family dog disappears, Donnie makes a horrifying discovery. Is it wolves, as the police suspect, or something far more dangerous, far darker? What secrets has Donnie been keeping? And why does he have the terrible sense that his dream was never going to last?


Browse inside this book

Reviews

'Brilliantly written, Cold Hands is that rarest of things - a gripping thriller with real depth. An intense, exhilarating adrenaline rush, I found myself staying up all night to finish it in one sitting. Wonderful.' -- S. J. Watson, author of 'Before I Go to Sleep

'I finished it a sprint, almost shaking. Ridiculously, disturbingly compelling' - Observer

'This thriller announces the arrival of a tremendous new talent...It drives the breath from your body with its pace, suspense and enveloping horror...Terrifying and mysterious. Superbly told and achingly sad, this book grabs your heart strings and threatens to tear them out.' Daily Mail

'Perhaps the most cleverly constructed and incendiary thriller I've ever read. The great books in this genre take you on an emotional roller-coaster, but the best, like this one, also have you trampling through a moral minefield.' -- Irvine Welsh

'Almost unbearable tension.A thriller that delivers on every level' Big Issue

About the Author

John J. Niven was born in Irvine, Ayrshire in Scotland. He worked as an A & R man, and the music industry became the subject of his bestselling book Kill Your Friends, which was described as 'the best British novel since Trainspotting' (Word magazine) and is currently being made into a film. John Niven is also the author of the novella Music from Big Pink and the novels The Amateurs and The Second Coming, and he has written for The Times, Independent, Word and FHM among other publications. He lives in Buckinghamshire, but spends time in Los Angeles where he works as a screenwriter.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

15th July 2014

Author

John Niven

More books by John Niven
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations
Loading twitter updates...

Publisher

Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099592143

I love that Lovereading handpicks very special debut reads.

Magda North

Discover new authors and enjoy old favourites; oodles of literary gems to uncover at Lovereading with candid reviews from real reviewers.

Emily Wright

Lovereading is pitched at just the right level for all the various types of people who enjoy reading in its many forms.

Pam Woodburn

Ever purchased a book, read a few pages & thought I'm not going to enjoy this? Honest book reviews mean you'll never have that problem again

Jill Peters

For me, to read is to learn, to reflect, to escape, to think, to contemplate and my time for space and calm.

Sally Ellsmore

Love books. Love reading. Love reading books. And, here's the trick. Here's a website which caters for people like me.

Ian Harvey-brown

Lovereading are lovely people who send me lovely books. What's not to love?

Gavin Dimmock

I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools