The Only Suspect
A 'twisting, seductive, ingenious' thriller from the bestselling author of The Other Passenger
by Louise Candlish
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Pub Date 08 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 01 Feb 2023
Simon & Schuster (Australia), Simon & Schuster UK
There’s the obvious story. And then there’s the truth.
Alex lives a comfortable life with his wife Beth in the leafy suburb of Silver Vale. Fine, so he’s not the most extrovert guy on the street, he prefers to keep himself to himself, but he’s a good husband and an easy-going neighbour.
That’s until Beth announces the creation of a nature trail on a local site that’s been disused for decades and suddenly Alex is a changed man. Now he’s always watching. Questioning. Struggling to hide his dread . . .
As the landscapers get to work, a secret threatens to surface from years ago, back in Alex’s twenties when he got entangled with a seductive young woman called Marina, who threw both their lives into turmoil.
And who sparked a police hunt for a murder suspect that was never quite what it seemed.
It still isn’t.
Praise for Louise Candlish:
'I inhaled it' Lisa Jewell
'I couldn't put it down' Shari Lapena
'A stunning masterwork of style and suspense' Jeffery Deaver
'Tense, provocative and devastatingly powerful' T. M. Logan
'Louise Candlish knows exactly how to deliver the twists you didn’t even know you were expecting. Took me straight back to the heady days of 1995 - brilliant stuff' Harriet Tyce
'Smart, addictive, twisting, surprising. Highly recommended' Sarah Vaughan
'Impossible to resist, impossible to predict, impossible to put down . . . this is an author at the top of her game' Erin Kelly
‘A twisting, seductive, ingenious thriller from the consistently brilliant Louise Candlish. I’m a huge fan' Chris Whitaker
‘Smart, stylish, twisty and endlessly entertaining - when it comes to dark secrets in suburbia, Louise Candlish is in a league of her own’ Catherine Ryan Howard
'The Only Suspect kept me guessing all the way through. It’s the book version of a Rubik's Cube with so many unexpected twists and turns. An adrenaline burner for sure!' Liz Nugent
'As good as I hoped it would be. Messy relationships, deception and some big surprises. Loved it!' Jane Fallon
‘WOW. As always Louise Candlish has written a taut, unsettling, compulsive and ingenious novel with gasp-out-loud twists and fatally flawed characters forced into tragedy by circumstances. I LOVED it!’ Isabelle Broom
'I was sucked in from the beginning, hooked and hoodwinked. A masterclass in psychological thriller writing' Diane Jeffrey
'I couldn't put it down! Fantastic characters, a trip down memory lane into '90s London and I honestly didn't see that ending coming AT ALL. Deliciously dark and devastating' Nikki Smith
‘A compelling, nerve-tingling treat’ Nicci French
‘Tense, taut and twisty. Candlish is a master of her craft’ Adele Parks
‘Incredibly tense. Louise Candlish is one of my favourite writers and this is her best book yet’ Clare Mackintosh
‘Such a vivid sense of place, a gripping plot, elegantly told, and a twist that left me reeling – brilliant!’ Sarah Pearse
‘I absolutely adored The Only Suspect. Tightly plotted and brilliantly written with twists so perfect they made me gasp out loud on more than one occasion. The story was so tense I couldn’t stop turning the pages, desperate to know the outcome. My favourite Louise Candlish book so far. Highly recommended’ Claire Douglas
‘An incredible page-turner…An absolute must-read. Get this on your 2023 wish list’ BA Paris
'I'm blown away by how good it is. A gripping tale of love, secrets and deception - it's the best psychological thriller I've read in a long time.' Mark Edwards
'The Only Suspect is a heady pleasure from the very first page. It's both a page-tearing mystery and a pitch-perfect 90s period piece. Shimmers with mystery, tension, and dirty glamour.' Abigail Dean
'I loved The Only Suspect: a heady dose of mid Nineties nostalgia, with trademark whiplash twists and satire. Louise Candlish has surpassed her own, always high standards. Quite possibly her best yet.' Sarah Vaughan
‘Completely addictive and devilishly clever – the queen of the killer twist strikes again!’ - T. M. Logan, author of The Holiday and The Curfew.
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Average rating from 5 members
This lady can write! Her books are fully of plot twists and red herrings and even if you try to second guess her you won’t get them all.
The book is told in two time lines. Present day, Alex Parker, he is happily married and living in a nice community. Why then is he paranoid about being “found out” and what is his aversion to publicity and the neighbourhoods plans to develop a walk way behind the terraced houses.
1995. Rick Ward meets Marina Stanley, a temp in the building where he works. They start to meet up for lunch and slowly Marina confides in Rick that her husband, (she had to tell him she was married after an acquaintance saw them together), is abusive and controlling. Together they hatch a plan to run away but as in any good story, nothing goes to plan and Rick finds himself in hiding accused of murder.
There is a lot happening in this book but it is an easy read and easy enough to follow the plot lines. A great entertaining read.
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