Brilliantly constructed speculative crime fiction
A classic whodunit
Dark psychological suspense
Doug Johnstone returns with his most explosive and original thriller yet…
A little lie … a seismic secret … and the cracks are beginning to show…
In a reimagined contemporary Edinburgh, where a tectonic fault has opened up to produce a new volcano in the Firth of Forth, and where tremors are an everyday occurrence, volcanologist Surtsey makes a shocking discovery.
On a clandestine trip to new volcanic island The Inch, to meet Tom, her lover and her boss, she finds his lifeless body, and makes the fatal decision to keep their affair, and her discovery, a secret. Desperate to know how he died, but also terrified she’ll be exposed, Surtsey’s life quickly spirals into a nightmare when someone makes contact – someone who claims to know what she’s done…
So Doug Johnstone is back with his new thriller. What a thriller it is as well!
This is such an atmospheric read. The scenes at the island called the Inch literally took my breath away. I could easily visualise it all in my head and the author transported me from my home to the island.
The story starts off with Surtsey coming across her lovers body on the island, from then on in we are taken on a tense and suspenseful journey waiting for everything to unfold. Surtsey has a lot going on in her life. Not only is her lover now dead, her mother is dying from cancer. I have to admit to finding the story line of her mother very emotional. Having recently lost my mother in law, not to cancer, it is something that really struck a cord and at times I did find it hard reading solely because of how raw my own feelings were.
Fault Lines draws you straight in and keeps you there throughout. The tension builds nicely to a satisfying climax. With a few surprises thrown in for good measure, this is another great read from the author.
My thanks to Anne Cater and Orenda books for a copy of the book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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