Crash Land by Doug Johnstone


Book Description:

Sitting in the departure lounge of Kirkwall Airport, Finn Sullivan just wants to get off Orkney. But then he meets the mysterious and dangerous Maddie Pierce, stepping in to save her from some unwanted attention, and his life is changed forever.

Set against the brutal, unforgiving landscape of Orkney, CRASH LAND is a psychological thriller steeped in guilt, shame, lust, deception and murder.

My Thoughts:

Even though I have enjoyed all this authors novels, Hit and Run has always been my personal favourite. Well, that is until today. After reading Crash Land, it is without a doubt now my firm favourite, very closely followed by Hit and Run.

Crash Land is a very atmospheric read. Set in Orkney you get a real feel for how isolated a lot of the area is. No doubt it is a beautiful place but due to the story line it left me feeling quite chilled to the bone. The weather can be relentless at times and some parts of the story made me want to snuggle underneath a warm duvet with a nice hot drink.

Finn is just your average Joe. He is slowly strolling through life and letting it just take him where ever it goes. Meeting Maddie seems to awaken him and it is like he has become a different person. Where as before he was a law abiding citizen, Maddie makes him more reckless. It is obvious that he is infatuated with her and is more than happy to throw caution to the wind by helping her hide from the police.

From getting on the plane, Finn’s world seems to spiral out of control. Being involved in a plane crash that leaves several people dead certainly doesn’t seem to knock any sense into him. Maddie just seems to have a cast a spell on him that he can’t break. In a way he does come across as being quite weak as he fully lets her manipulate him, but overall I still found him a likeable character.

Maddie is a very complex character. I really wanted to believe her innocence in everything that was happening but there was just something about her that I didn’t know if I could fully trust. She certainly manages to not only captivate Finn, but the reader also.

Crash Land is an absolute cracker of a read. It is full of suspense and intrigue and I was hooked from start to finish. The author manages to keep you guessing while playing with your mind. With quite a few OMG moments, this is without a doubt a must read for fans of psychological thrillers.

My thanks to Netgalley and Faber & Faber for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Crash Land is out on the 3rd of November and is available to pre order from Amazon.


  1. A very thorough review, which has ‘sold’ this book for me. I’ve never read this author before, but suspense and intrigue are a great combination, and the setting in Orkney is a further draw. I’m definitely adding the book it to my TBR list.

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