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Trust No One by Clare Donoghue – a review

I recently had a trip to London so took the opportunity to catch up with some of my new netgalley acquisitions.
Trust No One by Clare Donoghue has an intriguing strapline, ‘He never saw it coming, she always knew it would’. The novel starts with Richard having a barbeque with his two children, Harvey and Olivia. Everything is happy and it seems the family are moving on from the breakdown of the marriage. Next morning Richard is found dead. Detectives Locker and Bennett are called into investigate and what originally seems to be simply a case of premature death is actually more sinister. As the investigation begins it soon becomes clear that there are plenty of suspects and that everyone is hiding a secret.
This is apparently the third of the novels to feature this pair of detectives which I must confess I hadn’t realised until I finished reading. Therefore I suspect my enjoyment was slightly coloured by lack of knowledge of some of the back story.
This was an enjoyable and easy read, but for me it fell a little flat. It could have been really good and I thought that the storyline itself was interesting with a few twists and turns along the way but it just didn’t completely workout. None of the characters really seemed to work together, however I suspect with hindsight that’s because I hadn’t read the previous novels. The actions of them all seemed a bit clichéd, for example the young policeman was seeing the bosses daughter which didn’t really add to the story and was obvious as soon as it was mentioned he was seeing a girl he was being cagey about.
As I say though Trust No One was still enjoyable and did have it’s good points. It was interesting to read how the characters lives intertwined. All of the characters seem to be credible and to be unlikely murderers, yet equally any one of them could be the mystery person at the beginning of the book planning something bad. The additional chapters from the killers point of view add to the mystery.
Overall it was certainly worth a read although it may be best to start with the beginning of the series to enjoy this at its best.

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Playing for Pizza

As previously mentioned I’m a bit of a twitter stalker. I have recently hunted down a number of the authors who are visiting Harrogate on the site, mainly to look at if they have any books coming out but also to sneak at peak at what they might be having for tea (a favourite topic of discussion here in the office, stir fry for me in case you want to know)

I’ve often wandered if there is some kind of link between the genre of books people like and the genre of music they listen to. Both me and the Sister like rock music (bordering on heavy metal but I don’t like to admit that in case people get the wrong impression of me, I have no piercings and don’t own any faded t-shirts with skulls on them!) and as we’ve established we both have a borderline obsessive love of crime fiction.

My initial glance through the world of twitter did seem to confirm my suspicion, a fair few had put rock music in their likes (although even more seemed to rate a love of pizza as a top interesting fact about themselves – I like pizza is that another common link?) However the more I looked in depth the more I realised that actually there are seemingly no common factors other than a love of reading crime.

It would be interesting to do a survey to see if there is some common thread linking the types of people who like certain genres. It can’t be linked to genes as neither my Mum or Dad read them (in fact its debatable if my Dad has ever read anything except Farmers Weekly) and although my Gran is a big reader she’s more a ‘chick lit’ ‘fireside romance’ kind of women than a serial killer chaser.

Now don’t get me wrong I read other types of books too. I like the odd girly book myself as I think sometimes you need a break from death and destruction but the one genre I always come back to is ‘crime’. I’ve never actually counted up how many books I own but if I did I imagine the majority would be crime related, or at the very least mysteries. Then again most books have an element of mystery, whether its girl meets boys and which one she will fall for, or a fantasy novel good versus evil plot (never read any so can’t really comment)

I suppose it depends what you define as Crime as the genre is so incredibly broad it could pretty much cover everything. According to Wikipedia it’s all much more detailed than that. Crime novels are classifield as those told from the point of view of the perpetrator, whereas detective novels are those focussing on the solving of a crime, and mystery fiction are ‘whodunits’ where a vital piece of information is kept hidden until the climax. Interestingly one sub-genre is called ‘locked room mystery’ where things happen in a locked room. I did recently read ‘Locked in’ by Kerry Wilkinson although I’m not sure one book can be counted as a sub-genre.

Personally I’ll stick to the general term of crime for the novels I like, this is after all the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writers Festival Challenge, not the crime, mystery, and detective writers festival challenge. That’s way too much of a mouthful, I’m still waiting for TOPCWFC to start trending on twitter. Maybe if I keep the stalking up I’ll get there!

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