I’m Anne Williams and my blog is Being Anne… (www.beinganne.com). I’m here under slightly false pretences, because I’m not really a crime blogger – but I read and review enough to have quite a few firm favourites (is this where I can mention Barbara Copperthwaite and Jane Isaac?!)
My Crime Summer Read choice is Hostile Witness by Nell Peters (Accent Press).
This book is seriously funny – and I know that’s an odd way to start a review of a crime book. But it’s also a book where the tension cranks up to an almost unbearable level, and that’s a really clever thing for any author to balance and achieve. But it manages to bring a smile to your face while the police place their tape around yet another crime scene, and the body count climbs.
It’s a psychological thriller, but with a quite wonderful fresh and light approach of a kind I’ve honestly never seen before.The characterisation is superb, and I loved the main character, Callie, from outset – and the way all the other characters are seen through Callie’s slightly distorted personal lens.
This book is a really excellent thriller, a whodunnit that keeps you guessing until the bitter end, full of leads and clues, shocks and surprises. Not only does the author hold the threads and unspool them with tremendous dexterity, she also entertains with sparkling dialogue, characters that leap off the page and a relentless drive to the story.
I really don’t understand why this book hasn’t commanded more attention. Do try it – I really do recommend it most highly.
Anne’s original review of Hostile Witness can be found here
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