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When I Was Ten: 'Grips Like A Vice' - Val McDermid (English Edition) Kindle Ausgabe
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When I Was Ten is the stay-up-all-night thriller by acclaimed crime author Fiona Cummins.
‘Grips like a vice’ – Val McDermid
‘Absorbing, tense and beautifully paced’ - Daily Mail
Twenty-one years ago, Dr Richard Carter and his wife Pamela were killed in what has become the most infamous double murder of the modern age.
Their ten year-old daughter – nicknamed the Angel of Death – spent eight years in a children’s secure unit and is living quietly under an assumed name with a family of her own.
Now, on the anniversary of the trial, a documentary team has tracked down her older sister, compelling her to break two decades of silence.
Her explosive interview sparks national headlines and journalist Brinley Booth, a childhood friend of the Carter sisters, is tasked with covering the news story.
For the first time, the three women are forced to confront what really happened that night – with devastating consequences for them all.
‘I finished it with my heart in my mouth. Highly recommended’ – Louise Candlish
‘Dark, creepy and ultimately compassionate . . . a chilling look at the consequences of a childhood gone wrong’ – JP Delaney
‘Utterly compelling; a true just-one-more-chapter thriller’ – Clare Mackintosh
‘Pacy, dark and surprises to the bitter end. Loved it’ – Fiona Barton
This thriller explores typically dark territory for this author, who has a gift for tapping a rich seam of evil that underpins the surface of the every day. Superbly sinister -- Sunday Mirror on The Neighbour
'Absorbing, tense and beautifully paced' ― Daily Mail
She is the master of depicting the way the most terrifyingly grotesque and evil psychopaths inveigle their way into the lives of ordinary people . . . When writing from the perspective of ordinary people caught up in horrific events, Fiona Cummins is unbeatable -- Jake Kerridge on The Neighbour ― Sunday Express
The Neighbour is masterfully written and intricately plotted to keep the reader captivated until a hugely enjoyable finale -- Jon Coates ― Daily Express
A crime novel of the very first order -- David Baldacci on The Collector
Creepy as hell and kept me guessing to the very end -- Ian Rankin on The Neighbour
Trust me – Cummins is a keeper -- Lee Child on The Collector
It’s rare that a debut has this much polish. Harrowing and horrifying, head and shoulders above most of the competition -- Val McDermid on Rattle
Pretty much held my breath for the last twenty pages. It’s sensational -- Clare Empson, author of Him and Mine -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: hardcover.
- ASIN : B082NYXFYS
- Herausgeber : Pan (15. April 2021)
- Sprache : Englisch
- Dateigröße : 1355 KB
- Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus) : Aktiviert
- Screenreader : Unterstützt
- Verbesserter Schriftsatz : Aktiviert
- X-Ray : Aktiviert
- Word Wise : Aktiviert
- Haftnotizen : Mit Kindle Scribe
- Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe : 356 Seiten
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 185,503 in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 in Kindle-Shop)
- Nr. 765 in Regionale Thriller
- Nr. 2,861 in Spannung (englischsprachig)
- Nr. 8,799 in Familienromane
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When I Was Ten by has everything: punchy prose, a razor sharp plot, and an atmosphere dripping with suffocating, nerve-twanging tension.
Twenty-one years ago, Dr Richard Carter and his wife Pamela were killed in an infamous double murder. Their 10 year-old daughter spent eight years in a children’s secure unit and is now married with a family and a new identity.
When a documentary team tracks down her older sister, the explosive interview that follows sparks national headlines. In a quirk of fate, the journalist tasked with covering the story is a childhood friend of the Carter sisters.
Now, for the first time, the three women are forced to confront the truth of what happened that night two decades ago.
The plot is genius. A child killer, a double murder, a sister seeking reconciliation, a journalist hunting down the scoop of her life.
As Cummins expertly weaves her tale, she coaxes you into making assumptions, then blows them out of the water in small explosive bursts that leave you almost speechless with disbelief.
Then just when you think it’s all over, she hits you with a final twist that is utterly, utterly brilliant.
Cummins’ characters are wholly convincing and the story scarily plausible — the lies told in innocence, the misplaced loyalties, the secrets held close for 20 years. And while parts of the narrative are sinister and disturbing, they are necessarily so.
All the plot elements hold together beautifully to make this one of the best psychological thrillers I’ve read in years.
Thanks for reading my review. I hope you found it helpful. You can find more candid book reviews on my Amazon profile page.
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Based on the synopsis and early reviews that were almost exclusively very positive, I was very much looking forward to reading "When I Was Ten". Having devoured the early sections of the novel, I was still very much of the opinion that it was the kind of book I was going to enjoy. Unfortunately, the more I read, the less impressed I became, and ultimately found it quite disappointing.
The premise of the story, which takes its inspiration from the real life story of Mary Bell, offered great potential. Dr Richard Carter and his wife, Pamela, are a couple much respected in their local community. When they become victims of parricide at the hands of one of their young daughters, the story becomes nationwide headline news. Two decades later, on the anniversary of the trial, one of the two daughters decides to break her long silence and the shocking double murder is catapulted into the media once again.
There are elements of the book that are done well and make for fairly compelling reading, but unfortunately, there were too many facets that didn't quite work. Even after making allowance for artistic licence, there were too many aspects of the storyline that stretched credulity too far. On a separate point, there is a plot thread involving a senior politician (whose superficial and stereotypical depiction is disappointing in any case) that is never properly woven into the main narrative. It felt as if the author had come up the seed of an idea for a sub-plot, but then didn't really know how to develop it for maximum impact. Ultimately, the link to the central plot was pretty tenuous.
Stylistically, I also found the narrative awkward to follow at times. The story is told from three viewpoints: Sara Carter, the younger daughter; Brinley Booth, the childhood friend of the Carter girls and now a journalist; and a third, initially anonymous contributor, whose identity is not formally made known to the reader until later in the piece. However, there is no clear signposting as to which individual is providing the narrative at any given point. It is only really apparent once you establish that Sara' s viewpoints are written in the third person, while Brinley's are always in the first person. The anonymous third contributor also uses the first person, but these sections are printed in italics. So, not impossible to work out, but not exactly reader-friendly.
Based on the marks that other reviewers have awarded, my opinion on this novel may prove to be a bit of an outlier, but I can't help feeling that it had the potential to be something very good, but ultimately fell disappointingly short.
I especially struggled with the chapter about Catherine going out to look for her daughter (no spoilers its an early chapter don’t worry) The reference to the cold and snow was incessant in my opinion. I think she talked about lighting a fire 3 times over a couple of pages in another chapter as well. Also no one seemed to be overly bothered that Honor wasn’t at school and Catherine seemed to give up after a while and went home to light the fire (again!)
BUT then its shifts to a different timeline, the story of 2 sisters aged 10 and 12, and their best friend. How they were treated by both sets of parents, and how they had to endure incredibly difficult situations. I genuinely thought this was great writing, and I was hooked.
The story moves across these 2 times lines, with Catherine and Brinley’s point of view for both timeframes. You also get the odd anonymous letter. I think this all works really well.
The only addition that I didn’t see relevant was the MP storyline. There is a link, albeit tenuous and I didn’t think it added depth to the story and the ending of that storyline was unnecessary.
This was a love/hate book for me. I thought parts were brilliant, and fast paced but other parts dragged. There were also some questionable gaps in the story, but no spoilers here. So I’ll leave you to decide. There is a nifty little twist at the end, and it does keep you guessing various bits throughout, as it slowly drip feeds you.
If you love a good thriller I would say give it a go, I’m pleased I read it. But please don’t shout at me if it doesn’t quite live up to your thriller standards. 😊
The author throws in a couple of twists, which I certainly didn’t expect and apart from me thinking, ‘not abuse again’ (seems to be a lot of child abuse books about) the plot did keep me interested/entertained.
I don’t agree with other reviewers that the inclusion of the misdeeds of the Minister for Justice was unnecessary. A good deal of the plot was reflected in media headlines and reporters fighting to get a story first, including one of the narrators who was a trainee journalist. In fact, the whole drama kicked off after another one of the narrators decided to speak to the media. The Minister put his foot in it good style, which would attract a front page spread.
All in all an ok read.
In When I Was Ten, Fiona Cummins delves into the psychology of the characters at the centre of the crime. Now everything is about to change for them. An explosive new documentary is about to air, and new revelations are about to come to light when one of the Carter sisters speaks to the press. Fiona Cummins introduces us to two characters, Catherine and Brinley. Brinley works at a local newspaper, and as interest in the Carter case heightens again, her boss is after an exclusive interview with one of the Carter sisters. But what he doesn’t know is that Brinley once lived next door to the Carter family. She chooses to keep this to herself. Catherine is also a really intriguing character. You can see she is keeping secrets, and she is determined to make sure that her past stays buried.
As the novel progresses, Fiona Cummins takes us back in time. We see the events leading up to the murders of the Carter family, and she begins to build a picture of what really took place. As Fiona Cummins did reveal more about what happened at that time, I could see why the events escalated in the way they did. But I don’t want to go into any further detail here. The book darkens as we begin to understand the truth, and the darkness becomes palpable as we reach the horrifying conclusion. It asks a terrifying question, what can prompt a child to murder their parents?
The writing is taut right the way through, and I could not put this book down. The chapters are short and snappy, and I wanted to find out more about the characters. Fiona Cummins writes some horrific scenes when we go back to the time of the murders. This is when the bigger picture here begins to unravel.
Fiona Cummins is one of the best crime writers out there. If you haven’t yet discovered her books, then you really need to. I highly, highly recommend When I Was Ten! I’m sure this is going to be one of the most talked about thrillers of the year, and it deserves to be.