The Suspects by Katharine Johnson

May 2, 2019 - 4:03 am No Comments

The Suspects by Katharine Johnson
Published by Crooked Cat Books out on 10th May 2019 257 pages

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.

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So here are my thoughts…….

As I started this story, my first thought was that the MCs were either brave or stupid to buy a house with 4 complete strangers. The only thing they had in common was that they were all trainee journalist working for the same company. The story starts off slowly as you are introduced to each of the MCs. The detailed descriptions enable you to get the know the characters in more detail and you soon realise how different each one was. Stuart was the bossy one, liked to be in charge and wanted everything his way. Zak was a bit of a “Jack the lad” he liked to wind up people. Imogen came across as spoilt. The only one in a steady relationship, she wanted everything to be perfect. Xanthe came across as flaky, however, I think it was an act and she was cleverer than her housemates thought and finally Emily, the quiet one, who usually did what she was told to do without question. However, as soon as the body was found, their characteristics soon became important to the plot.

With all these characters, writing it from Emily’s point of view made it easy to follow the plot. As you continue with the story, you learn more about their backstories and get a better understanding of why they were how they were and why they did what they did without involving the police. As the characters felt more and more pressure the story’s pace seemed to quicken up.  

As the majority of the book is set in the late 80s, there was quite a few 80s pop culture inserted into the story, whether it was a film they were watching or a song playing on the radio. I found myself humming the songs as I was reading. As I found out more about the characters, I kept changing my mind who I thought was behind the death and I am sure I had to pause my reading when the big reveal happened, as I never saw it coming.

I really enjoyed this book and am going to look out for more of this author’s work.     

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Meet 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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Publishers http://www.crookedcatbooks.comhttp://@crookedcatbooks

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