Sunday, 15 August 2010

CRIME REVIEW: The Company of Shadows - Ruth Newman

Release Date: 08/07/10


Flicking through her friends' holiday snaps, Kate Benson receives a sudden shock. For there in the background is her husband, Charlie. Dark hair, blue eyes, familiar smile: there's no mistaking him. But that's impossible. Because Charlie died exactly a year ago. Determined to track down the man in the photograph, Kate follows the trail from Miami to Sicily, where her husband drowned in mysterious circumstances. But when she discovers serious discrepancies in the original investigation, Kate starts to question whether she ever really knew the man she loved so much. Was Charlie murdered? Was their marriage as perfect as Kate remembers? Who are the people following her? Who can she trust? And is Kate herself to be trusted? Because there are secrets in her past too ...


With this, her second offering, Ruth Newman takes the reader to a whole new world of scare and demonstrates why she’s fast becoming a name within the genre to set your standards by. There’s a strong female lead, twisting plot outlines and an overall care that demonstrates attention to detail. Back that up with strong, believable dialogue, a sparse descriptiveness in writing style and you know that this author believes in neither unnecessary filling or wasting words which keeps this offering pretty streamlined which then allows reader to get to the guts pretty quickly.

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