The Suspects by Katharine Johnson #BlogTour @kjohnsonwrites @rararesources

Shallow Grave meets The Secret History in this quirky psychological thriller

Bristol, 1988. Five young graduates on the threshold of their careers buy a house together in order to get a foot on the property ladder before prices spiral out of their reach. But it soon becomes the house share from hell.

After their New Year’s Eve party, they discover a body – and it’s clear they’ll be the first suspects. As each of them has a good reason from their past not to trust the police, they come up with a solution – one which forces them into a life of secrets and lies. But can they trust each other? 

“The hugely talented Katharine Johnson has, again delivered a tense thriller! This is a compelling novel – up there with Erin Kelly and Sophie Hannah.”

Val Penny, author of The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries.

“Gripping and frighteningly realistic. The twists and turns kept me guessing to the very end.”

Jo Fenton, author of The Brotherhood.

My Thoughts

This is the first book that I have read by the author and certainly won’t be my last. Katharine is an author to look out for. The story draws you in from the very first sentence, where I found myself well and truly hooked. I couldn’t put this down and devoured it in one sitting.

Set in the eighties (my favourite decade) we follow a story about five graduates who take up a house share together. Things soon spiral out of control when a body is discovered after their New Years Eve Party!

The author weaves a story that will keep you guessing to the very end not knowing which character to trust. The characters are what make this story what it is, so the title is rather fitting. They are all realistic and also complex, each having secrets has we learn about them has the story unfolds.

The Suspects is one hell of a well crafted story full of suspense, twists and turns and OMG moments where I found myself screaming at my kindle!

If you are looking for a psychological thriller that you will totally get wrapped up in…..then this is the book for you. Which I highly recommend.

Thank you to Rachel Gilby for a copy and for inviting me to take part.

Purchase Links:

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About the author:

Katharine Johnson was born in Bristol and now lives in Berkshire. She’s worked as a journalist on lots of magazines and has written a history book about Windsor. When not writing you’ll usually find her with a book in one hand and a coffee in the other, restoring a house in Italy, walking her spaniel or playing netball (although not usually at the same time.) @crookedcatbooks

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