Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Two Psychological Thriller Gems - Reviews

Both my selected reads lately have involved the sea. I didn't realise this was a theme until I put this post together! I must have a sub-conscious hankering...

The Long Fall - Julia Crouch
My rating: 4 of 5
Greece, 1980 - Emma takes part in a shattering, violent event. An event to which she is anything but an innocent bystander. She is only eighteen, but this marks her fall from innocence.It will haunt her for the rest of her life.
London, now - Kate has the perfect existence: a glossy image, a glamorous home, a perfect family.
But there are cracks. All is not what it seems. And now the two worlds are about to collide. Somebody's out for revenge. Someone who has been waiting thirty years...

I really enjoyed this book and yes, you do need to suspend belief quite a bit, especially towards the end, but the long section where Emma's diary outlines her travels in Greece is truly atmospheric and mesmerizing. I wanted this to go on and on. I did InterRail myself at 18, so there were a lot of nostalgic reminders. Shame we had to come back to London for the grown up Emma, but then there was a whole convoluted plot to get through after that! Suspension of belief aside, I did find this gripping. I had some ideas about 'how it was done', but there was always a twists and then another twist after that. So many, in fact, that I did end up a bit dizzy! Will certainly read more, though.

A Single Breath - Lucy Clarke
My rating: 5 of 5

When Eva’s husband Jackson tragically drowns, she longs to meet his estranged family. The journey takes her to Jackson’s brother’s doorstep on a remote Tasmanian island. As strange details about her husband’s past begin to emerge, memories of the man she married start slipping through her fingers like sand, as everything she ever knew and loved about him is thrown into question. Now she’s no longer sure whether it was Jackson she fell in love with – or someone else entirely…
The truth is, it was all a lie . . .

A deliciously transporting and atmospheric book. Eva arrives on the shoreline as her husband, Jackson, is being swept away into the sea. Shattered by his loss and hungry for more details about his upbringing and those who loved him, she travels to Tasmania. Eva meets Jackson's brother and little by little, her picture of who she thought Jackson was and others' recollections of him, collide. The lies she's been told begin to unravel her entire marriage - except who is lying? And why?

There's a deep mystery running through this book, but also a turbulent love story. The twists and turns keep the story alive within the context of pure escapism. I was swept away myself, by the delicate, beautiful language and imagery of the remote islands and in particular, the descriptions of the sea. Freediving, the underwater world, the beach at night, first thing in the morning - it was all so perfectly described. A superb and gripping read.

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AJ Waines is the author of Psychological Thrillers:  The Evil Beneath and Girl on a Train.
Both books went to Number One in 'Murder' and 'Psychological Thrillers' in the UK Kindle charts.

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