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Today I am rather excited to share a review of a book I had the privilege of reading early, and since reading the unedited version I’ve read a completed copy and loved it even more! What is the book you ask? It’s Who Killed Anne-Marie, a clever and thrilling read from the brain of the coffee drinking, fiendish author CM Thompson.

And as a special gift, I have a copy of the paperback to send to one lucky reader!

 

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** My thanks to the author and publisher for my copy of the book **

 

Description:

Daniel and Anne-Marie’s marriage isn’t just on the rocks, it’s about to go six feet under.

Anne-Marie Mills is out of work, out of love and out of whisky. Everyone else is out of patience.
When Anne-Marie is found dead who is to blame? The neighbours who despised her drunken rants? The husband who wondered how much more he could take?

Or is there another killer in the neighbourhood?

My Thoughts:

Who Killed Anne-Marie is a peek behind the façade of “normal” life on a “normal” residential street, it allows readers to discover the darkness that lurks in the homes, hearts and minds of those that live there. It is a chilling exploration of the fragility of relationships and their toxicity.

The characters are carefully created and whilst not always the most appealing, readers begin to understand, connect with and feel empathy for them, in particular, Anne-Marie and her long-suffering husband. Supporting characters are multidimensional, each coming vividly to life as readers see narration from their perspective. And the more we learn about some of these characters, the more we become aware that things are never as they seem. Everyone has a limit that they can be pushed to or a line they won’t cross, and Thompson craftily demonstrates that each character struggles with this, feeling pulled by circumstances or people around them to the point that something snaps.

Plotting is clever, the mystery of the title is explored from the viewpoints of both a police perspective and that of a layperson, giving readers a more rounded read. As Daniel attempts to restore balance in the home following Anne-Marie’s death, readers see how a “normal” person might process events and try to clean up following what unfolded
The author presents many characters who would have a motive to kill Anne-Marie. The downwards spiral that this character is on is well charted throughout the narrative, her behaviour depicting just how dark her world became, her mind unravelling as her dependence on alcohol increased.

An interesting and dark read with a thrilling “whodunit” to keep readers guessing!

 

Giveaway

For your chance to win a paperback copy of this book all you need to do is retweet the pinned tweet on Twitter. This is open to UK entries only and the winner will be randomly selected when entries close at midnight and contacted via Twitter on Friday morning.

Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will be used only for fulfillment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.

 

About the Author:

CM Thompson lives in Nottingham, she has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Portsmouth. Her first novel, What Lies in the Dark, came out in 2014. She doesn’t have much to put in her bio because she spends too much time reading and playing Candy Crush. She can be found on Twitter @cmtwrites.

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