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When you see that one of your favourite crime writers has a new title coming out you tend to do a happy little dance, squeal of excitement or just preorder the very second it’s listed on your purchasing site of choice, and that’s exactly the sequence of events that occurs when I know that Steve Cavanagh has a book coming out. But then when the publisher and the book fairy that is Mrs F (wonder if she has wings and a wand?!) whispered that a blog tour was to take place and early copies would be available to read … well I just had to say yes!

  • Title: Twisted
  • Author: Steve Cavanagh
  • Publisher: Orion
  • Publication Date: 4th April 2019

Copy received from publisher for review purposes.

Description:

BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK
I WANT YOU TO KNOW THREE THINGS:

1. The police are looking to charge me with murder.
2. No one knows who I am. Or how I did it.
3. If you think you’ve found me. I’m coming for you next.

After you’ve read this book, you’ll know: the truth is far more twisted…

My Thoughts:

I do believe that Steve Cavanagh has done it again, he has written a thrilling and hugely exciting book in the form of Twisted. I’m not sure whether that’s an excellent title or just a play on the imaginative qualities of this wonderful author, his mind sure is a dark place to come up with this book that’s for sure.

So, what can I tell you about Twisted without giving anything away … well it’s the sort of book that you need your wits about you, it’s not a book you can read whilst watching tv or knitting (you’ll quickly tune out the tv and will lose too many stitches), and it’s the kind of book that you almost need to pause after a chapter to catch your breath and mutter “what the …?” but it’s also a book that will keep you turning the pages long into the wee hours as you foolishly try to guess ahead and try to pit your brain against Cavanagh.

Twisted is a standalone thriller, so fans of the Eddie Flynn series will have to wait a little while for the next instalment.
But here, the plot is centred around a best selling author who likes to remain in the shadows, the identity of this author is shrouded in mystery and very few actually know the truth. All is going to plan until an innocent mistake unravels things for an unhappily married couple, revelations are uncovered and events spiral out of control as the body count rises.
With twists aplenty, there is much to keep the reader on the edge of their seat, questioning everything and wondering whether anything is as it seems!

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** My thanks to Jennifer Kerslake at W&N for my copy of this magnificent book **

 

Description:

In 1944, in a sleepy English village, Daniel and his emotionally-distant mother, Annabel, remain at home while his father is off fighting a war that seems both omnipresent and very, very far away.

When mother and son befriend Hans, a German PoW working on a nearby farm, their lives are suddenly filled with excitement – though the prisoner comes to mean very different things to each of them. To Annabel, he is an awakening from the darkness that has engulfed her since Daniel’s birth. To her son, a solitary boy caught up in the mythical world of fairy-tales, he is perhaps a prince in disguise or a magical woodchopper. But Daniel often struggles to tell the difference between fantasy and reality, and Hans has plans to spin a special sort of web to entrap mother and son for his own needs.

My Thoughts & Review:

Between the beautiful cover and that hauntingly superb description it was only a matter of time before this book came to my attention, and I was honoured to receive an early copy for review.

Chloe Mayer is a new author for me, and I have to admit that based on The Boy Made of Snow, she will be sitting firmly on my list of authors to watch out for.  Her style of writing is a joy to read, sublimely detailed and absolutely captivating.  And I particularly liked the references to classic fairy tales interwoven throughout the book.  Each chapter headed up with a quotation from a traditional tale such as The Snow Queen or Rapunzel .  The link within the story to the tales is through the stories that Annabel reads to her son Daniel at bedtime.
Annabel and Daniel live in a small village in rural Kent, and it quickly becomes clear that Daniel’s father is away fighting in the war.  As narration changes between Annabel and Daniel, readers soon learn that Annabel has struggled to adapt to motherhood since the birth of her only child.  Perhaps in today’s time she would be diagnosed with Post Partum Depression, but alas, in the 1940s poor mental health was something to be frowned upon for the shame it would bring on the family.  Through reading from her perspective we can see that she feels no affection for her son, and indeed never calls him by name.   She and Daniel live together in the same house but there is no closeness there, they are worlds apart.

Daniel is what I might expect a nine year old boy to be like in many senses, on the look out for adventure, an imagination that conjures monsters and villains.  But underneath it all, he desperately loves his mother and rather sadly I think, realises that she is different from other mothers.  Reading some of the narrative I find it almost heartbreaking to see that Daniel holds his mother so dear in his heart, he misses his father and he casts so much importance on the fairy tales that his mother shares with him.
Hans, the woodcutter, now there’s a mysterious character.  We only ever see him through the eyes of Annabel or Daniel so cannot really get a true picture of his character.  His presence in the village causes some discord amongst the locals, some not happy about the prisoners of war being there, even if they are doing labour to help out.  For Daniel, he is the embodiment of the woodchopper from Hansel and Gretel, a friendly but strong figure that brings excitement.  For Annabel, he’s a different kind of exciting.  Someone who doesn’t know her, know her struggles and who ultimately makes her feel alive again.

There have been some exceptional novels published this year, and although the year’s not out yet, I think it’s safe to say that readers have been well and truly spoiled this year with what the world of publishing have brought to us.  Chloe Mayer written such a emotion filled debut that I struggled to put down.  There are so many wonderful moments in this book that I felt I could see scenes playing out through the beautifully clear descriptive writing, I could feel the anguish and heart break of Daniel as events unfolded, all too often he seemed older than his nine years, taking on responsibility of caring for his mother but then I would quickly remember that he was a nine year old boy,  not yet equipped with the knowledge to comprehend the trials and tribulations of adults and their emotions.

I could not fault this book at all, it is flawless and wonderful, and I highly recommend it!

You can buy a copy of The Boy Made of Snow via:

Amazon UK
Wordery
Book Depository

 

 

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