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Front cover of the book 'The Killer On The Wall'.

Emma Kavanagh
The Killer on the Wall

Paperback: 384 pages

Publisher: Arrow
ISBN-10: 1784752665
ISBN-13: 978-1784752668
20 April, 2017

That heart-stopping surge when a novel you just know is going to be an absolute winner lands on your mat happens the moment whenever anything Emma Kavanagh has written arrives. The Killer on the Wall is no exception.

Deeply involved, this is a novel that is so beautifully written, poised and delivered it should be framed and hung on the wall once it is completed.

When fifteen-year-old Isla Bell finds three bodies propped against Hadrian’s Wall, her whole world falls apart. In such a close-knit community, everyone knows the victims, and the man who did it. Twenty years on and Isla has dedicated her life to forensic psychology; studying the brains of serial killers, and even coming face to face with the convicted murderer who turned her world upside down. She is safe after all, with him behind bars.

Then another body appears against the wall. And another. As the nightmare returns and the body count rises, everyone in town is a suspect.

This could, at first glance, be taken as Broadchurch with science but don’t be fooled. This is book that becomes so intricately captivating, thanks in no small part to its three-angled POV, it immediately engrosses.
Then there is Kavanagh’s mastery in being able to draw her characters and settings so that we are placed on the wrong foot throughout, until such time as she neatly and deftly stitches the strands together to leave the reader exhilarated.

If you have read The Missing Hours none of this will come as any surprise. However do not expect a repeat performance. The Killer on the Wall is that rare thing indeed. A totally original tour de force that will have its readers gasping, breathless and begging for it not to end; an absolute triumph of psychological thriller writing at its very, very best.




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