The Suspects by Katharine Johnson
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 and Review:
This was a really good read. Set in the 1980’s at the height of Thatcher’s power. Four friends decide to buy a house together; after all, apart from office politics they all get on. Or do they?
The problems start with their first party, a New Year party. Everyone is there, known and unknown; friends and strangers alike. Apart from a few smashed glasses, someone being sick nothing could go wrong right? Wrong.
One stranger with a backpack keeps asking if anyone has seen Fitz. No one seems to be able to answer his question and he disappears. That’s when the fun begin!
Katherine from the start weaves a tale that keeps the reader enthralled and guessing. You are constantly second guessing and changing your mind about the characters and or the plot. As the story progresses cracks appear, not in the house but in the relationships between the housemates………….. and the fun begins!
You share a home with housemates. Sure you have arguments, but secrets? This book will tell you them all…… or will it!
Top quality writing, intriguing story, this book has it all. Read it!
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.)