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Published by Sphere, 28 December 2017. ISBN 978-0-7515-5733-6 (PBO)
the last few years there have been a large number of books published with
amnesiacs as the main character. However, I enjoyed this stand-alone
psychological mystery thriller. I think mainly because the main character
(although not particularly likeable) is well drawn. Jane Norton is suffering
the mental, emotional, and psychological effects of
losing her memory. Her identity, as a developing teenager, has been
eradicated and self-discovery is at the heart of the story. Jane has regressed
back to the sulky difficult early teen years. Her outlook is sarcastic and
scathing but about everything, including herself, as she struggles to make
sense of things.
Jane Norton is a lost girl, hiding away in a friend’s dorm-room
on the university campus, living a marginal existence. Although she has a home
at her mother’s house the relationship has soured and she has been living on
the streets - rather than stay there and become more fodder for her mother’s
Jane is a misfit and leads an almost nomadic lifestyle, no
longer comfortable anywhere. Two years previously she was involved in a car
crash, which killed her friend David and left her with amnesia. At first,
everyone was sympathetic, then they found Jane's note saying that
she wished they were dead together’. As Jane was driving, everyone assumed
it was a suicide attempt. From that day, the small
privileged community she grew up inshunned her, she was ostracised by friends, and dropped out of
Jane is riddled with guilt and questions. She doesn’t understand
why she was with David or why they were on that isolated road. When she receives
an anonymous message on the anniversary of the accident, saying ‘I know what
really happened. I know what you don't remember…’ she sets about trying to
uncover the truth so that she can move on with her life.
With characters that are gritty and real, the reader is taken on
a tense journey of discovery. Jane is angry and volatile, and the reader
wonders how reliable she is, and what secrets she has buried from herself. As
the cast of characters increases and Jane gets closer to the truth, all manner
of ideas about what happened are hinted at but the motivations to the mystery
are quite unexpected.
Reviewed by Christine
Jeff Abbott graduated
from Rice University with a degree in History and English. H is the New
York Times bestselling, award-winning author of many mystery and
suspense novels. He has been called “one of the best thriller writers in the
Christine Hammacott lives near
Southampton and runs her own design consultancy. She started her career working
in publishing as a book designer and now creates covers for indie-authors. She
writes page-turning fiction that deals with the psychological effects of crime.
To read a review of her debut novel The Taste of Ashclick
on the title.
Published by Minotaur, 10 October 2017.
Andy Carpenter is more interested in sports than the
law, but that hardly stops him from winning murder cases. This one starts
when a zoning board cites a friend of his, Martha “Pups” Boyer, for having too
many pets on her premises, the law permitting merely three. The
complainant is a neighbor who is subsequently murdered, and “Pups” is accused
of shooting him.
It is up to Andy and his rag tag
team to uncover what essentially is a plot against “Pups” to solve the
case. All the evidence seems to indicate her guilt: she was seen as she
was leaving the scene of the murder; the murder weapon was found in her
basement; and it was the same gun used to kill her husband and another a year
or so earlier. The trial against “Pups” includes a charge for the murder
of her husband.
Each of the novels in the series
combines mystery, courtroom drama and humor throughout, and Twelve Dogs
repeats the formula. The final twist in this novel, however, not only is
the usually unexpected fillip, but is based on Andy’s passion for sports.
Reviewer: Ted Feit
is the Edgar-nominated and Shamus Award-winning author of several stand-alones
and a dozen Andy Carpenter novels, including Who Let the Dog Out? After
years living in California, he and his wife moved to Maine with twenty-five
golden retrievers that they've rescued. Rosenfelt's hilarious account of this
cross-country move, Dogtripping, is available from St. Martin's Press.
Ted and Gloria Feit
live in Long Beach, NY,
a few miles outside New York City.
For 26 years, Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized litigation firm in
Her husband, Ted, is an attorney and former stock analyst, publicist and
writer/editor for, over the years, several daily, weekly and monthly
publications. Having always been avid mystery readers, and since they're
now retired, they're able to indulge that passion. Their reviews appear
online as well as in three print publications in the UK and US. On a more personal
note: both having been widowed, Gloria and Ted have five children and nine
grandchildren between them.
Published by Avon/HarperCollins, 7 September 2017. ISBN:
This very commercial thriller kept me engrossed: it is
an absolute page-turner. I picked it up every available minute in mid-December and
Christmas preparations suffered as a result.
protagonist is Sarah Mason, a divorced female detective. Her little girl Molly
is abducted and Sarah receives a series of scary messages from the kidnapper
saying she’s been taken to punish Sarah, and won’t ever be given back. Instead
Sarah will be sent photos of her daughter settling into a new life and
forgetting that Sarah was ever her mummy. Meanwhile, if Sarah should do
anything the kidnapper doesn’t want her to do, like releasing the photos to the
media, as inadvertently happens, her little girl will suffer the consequences.
It is a very frightening premise and it’s not surprising that Sarah, unaware of
any such vicious enemy, falls to pieces.
ex-husband Adam meanwhile, also a detective, is devastated too, but channels
his fear into action. Ignoring orders from the police team investigating, he
acts on his own suspicions and begins to make progress, handing the police useful
leads through some ballsy confrontations. I won’t say more for fear of spoilers,
but the novel is well plotted and hangs together beautifully, with a
particularly nice twist relating to the reason for the abduction. The solution
to who had taken Molly, and why, is convincing and while I was a little ahead
of Sarah and Adam in reaching the answer, it added to the enjoyment – I suspect
that was the author’s plan. Nothing more satisfying than thinking: I was right. And the climax was as heart-stopping
as you could wish for.
The Mother is going to please mightily. And
it was certainly un-putdownable; thank goodness I finished it before Christmas
Reviewer: Dea Parkin
DeaParkinis an editor with her consultancy
Fiction Feedback and is also Secretary of the Crime Writers’ Association. She
writes poetry and occasionally re-engages with The Novel. When she isn't
editing, managing or writing she is usually to be found on the tennis court –
or following the international tour at home on TV. Usually with several books
on the go, she entertains a penchant for crime fiction, history, and novels
with a mystical edge. She is engaged in a continual struggle to find space for
bookshelves and time for her friends and her cat.