2019 · Blog Tour · Book review

The Suspects by Katharine Johnson @kjohnsonwrites @crookedcatbooks @rararesources

Happy Monday, it’s the start of a fresh new week and I get to kick of my Monday sharing my review for The Suspects by Katharine Johnson as part of the blog tour.

Thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources and for the opportunity.

About the book

Shallow Grave meets The Secret History in this quirky psychological thriller. 

When you’re bound together by secrets and lies who do you trust? 

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 Suspects is available to purchase now – Amazon

My thoughts

The first thing I noticed about reading this book is right from the start, a sense of unease washed over me and I knew I was going to enjoy this book.

It starts off with a group of friends at Xanthes funeral, it’s unclear what has happened but you know it’s not good. We’re then taken back to the events that happened before the funeral and oh boy what a story this is.

The characters all seem to come to life and I was transported back to the 80’s with Emily, Imogen, Zack, Stuart and Xanthe. Sharing a house seems like a good idea to start with but it soon becomes clear that the group don’t know each other as well as they thought they did and over the course of the book as they deal with some very serious and troublesome situations, secrets are revealed and some are absolute crackers.

I’m not going to give anything away about what happens in the story but Katharine Johnson really knows how to set a scene, I was constantly kept on my toes trying to figure out how and why we began where we began, what was going to happen next and how the heck was it all going to end.

The Suspects was full of surprises, there was no way I could guess what would happen and I just loved the tense feeling I had throughout the book. It’s a real sleep stealer, I ended up reading this in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down, it was so addictive and I had to know what happened.

This review has probably ended up being a ramble, there’s so much I’d love to say but it would give too much away and I honestly don’t want to spoil this fantastic story for anyone. It’s an absolute cracker, it’s tense, it’s engaging, addictive, thrilling and just honestly a blooming good read.

I’m definitely going to be catching up on this authors other book, The Secret. I read The Silent a while ago and loved it so I’m excited to see what comes next.

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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).

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