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Fault Lines

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Brilliantly constructed speculative crime fiction
A classic whodunit
Dark psychological suspense

Doug Johnstone returns with his most explosive and original thriller yet…

A little lie … a seismic secret … and the cracks are beginning to show…

In a reimagined contemporary Edinburgh, where a tectonic fault has opened up to produce a new volcano in the Firth of Forth, and where tremors are an everyday occurrence, volcanologist Surtsey makes a shocking discovery.
On a clandestine trip to new volcanic island The Inch, to meet Tom, her lover and her boss, she finds his lifeless body, and makes the fatal decision to keep their affair, and her discovery, a secret. Desperate to know how he died, but also terrified she’ll be exposed, Surtsey’s life quickly spirals into a nightmare when someone makes contact – someone who claims to know what she’s done…

‘A cracking and highly original thriller’ Mark Billingham

‘You don’t read Fault Lines so much as you white-knuckle your way through its twists and turns’ Megan Abbott

‘A superb, highly original psychological chiller’ Steve Cavanagh

‘Richly characterised, beautifully crafted, this is a book that you truly inhabit’ Emma Kavanagh

‘Scotland’s truest exponent of noir’ Chris Brookmyre

'A subtly off-kilter speculative thriller that builds to a truly explosive ending’ Eva Dolan

‘A pacey, gripping read’ Louise Voss

‘Sexy, fearless and addictive’ Helen FitzGerald

‘Johnstone weaves his compelling and original tale with great skill and elegance from the gripping beginning to a tense and explosive ending' Amanda Jennings

‘Brilliantly unputdownable’ Martyn Waites

‘Superb’ Luca Veste

‘Blending powerful imagination and plotting, this is the work of a writer at the top of his game’ Stuart Neville

‘Plays with every single emotion’ Susi Holliday

‘This had me hooked from the first page’ Cass Green

‘Poignant, gripping and packed with seismic shocks’ Paddy Magrane

‘Incisive, intelligent and imaginative’ Michael J. Malone

‘I was completely swept away’ Caroline Mitchell

‘Hits you lie a seismic shock’ Douglas Skelton

‘Grabs you by the throat in the first chapter’ Neil Broadfoot‘

A highly imaginative, hauntingly beautiful and genuinely clever whodunnit’ Liz Loves Books

‘His best book yet! I simply devoured this fast-paced, explosive thriller’ Portobello Book Blog

‘An explosive thriller’ Daily Record

’I read the book in one sitting, turning the pages as fast as my reading speed would allow’ Off-the-Shelf Books

’Filled with edge-of-your-seat moments, heartbreak, and the possibilities that can spiral from telling a lie’ What Jess Reads

From Publishers Weekly

17 September 2018 – In this overwrought whodunit from British author Johnstone (Crash Land), volcanologist Surtsey Mackenzie, a member of a team studying the Inch, an island that recently formed in the Firth of Forth off Edinburgh, makes a series of bad choices, beginning with sleeping with her married boss, Tom Lawrie. One day, she arrives on the Inch for a rendezvous with Tom, only to find seabirds feeding on his corpse. Anxious to keep her affair a secret, Surtsey retrieves the cellphone Tom used exclusively for contacting her, and flees the Inch without reporting his death, which is discovered the next day when her research group visits the island. The police treat the death as a possible homicide, and Surtsey is freaked out when someone sends ominous texts to her on Tom's phone. Johnstone tosses in more melodrama Surtsey's mother is in hospice, nearing the end of her battle with cancer before providing an unsurprising reveal and an implausible denouement. The unusual island setting is about this book's only virtue.
Fault Lines
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Crime & Thrillers
  • Published: 22 March 2018
  • Publisher: Orenda Books Ltd
  • Print Length: 276 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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