It’s my turn on the BlogTour The Suspects by Katharine Johnson. It’s a suspense thriller with aspects of a psychological thriller.
Katharine Johnson was born in Bristol and now lives in Berkshire. She’s worked as a journalist on lots of magazines and has written a history book about Windsor. When not writing you’ll usually find her with a book in one hand and a coffee in the other, restoring a house in Italy, walking her spaniel or playing netball (although not usually at the same time.)
About the book
Shallow Grave meets The Secret History in this quirky psychological thriller.
Bristol, 1988. Five young graduates on the threshold of their careers buy a house together in order to get a foot on the property ladder before prices spiral out of their reach. But it soon becomes the house share from hell.
After their New Year’s Eve party, they discover a body – and it’s clear they’ll be the first suspects. As each of them has a good reason from their past not to trust the police, they come up with a solution – one which forces them into a life of secrets and lies. But can they trust each other?
The story starts somewhere towards the end of a series of events set off by the death of a stranger. A close-knit group of friends, who own and live in the same house, are at the funeral of a friend. Then the reader is taken back in time to before everything spiralled out of control.
They are an unusual bunch of people, probably only brought together through their common denominator career, and the need to find appropriate accommodation.
I really disliked Imogen’s boyfriend and the way the others let him walk all over them. Whether it was the plots for house domination or just turning up and letting himself in as if he owned the place. He was indicative of the lack of respect and trust they all have for each other, which also means the only reason they cooperate is to save their own skins.
My main contention with the plot is that the house became a main character, to the point of swallowing up the main storyline. There was just way too much kerfuffle and dialogue surrounding ownership, mortgage payments and the house as leverage. Yes, I understand the leverage is an important factor in who does what for whom and why, but my point still stands.
It’s a suspense thriller with aspects of a psychological thriller. Johnson combines the flighty irresponsibility and impulsiveness of youth with the ruthless machinations of criminals hiding within their group. The question of course is what will drive each one of them to cross boundaries and commit crimes they can never come back from. Towards the end it becomes clear just how selfish and ruthless each one of them has become.
The beginning starts out with a nice little killer vibe, and it descends into a crime mystery with heavy emphasis on the relationships between the housemates.
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