Fault Lines

Fault Lines

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A little lie ... a seismic secret ... and the cracks are beginning to show...
In a reimagined contemporary Edinburgh, in which 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 The Inch - the new volcanic island - 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 of his corpse 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...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 300 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 23mm | 280g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1912374153
  • 9781912374151
  • 37,643

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"Richly characterised, beautifully crafted, this is a book that you truly inhabit." --Emma Kavanagh "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 "A pacey, gripping read." --Louise Voss "Brilliantly unputdownable." --Martyn Waites "A subtly off-kilter speculative thriller that builds to a truly explosive ending." --Eva Dolan "Johnstone is Scotland's truest exponent of noir. He writes novels that are punchy, fast-paced and sometimes gruellingly dark; unflinchingly challenging his readers by taking them to places that are emotionally and ideologically uncomfortable." --Chris Brookmyre 'You don't read Fault Lines so much as you white-knuckle your way through its twists and turns, toward its thrilling end, your breath held and your nerves tingling. And it's as psychologically rich as it is harrowing. I've come to expect nothing less from Doug Johnstone, one of the genre's premiere writers." --Megan Abbott, author, You Will Know Me "A cracking and highly original thriller. Johnstone never fails to deliver." --Mark Billingham, author, Lazybones "A superb, highly original psychological chiller. Fault Lines is a masterclass in suspense." --Steve Cavanagh, author, The Defense
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About Doug Johnstone

Doug Johnstone is an author, journalist and musician based in Edinburgh. He's had eight novels published, most recently Crash Land. His previous novel, The Jump, was a finalist for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. Doug is also a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow. He's worked as an RLF Fellow at Queen Margaret University, taught creative writing at Strathclyde University and been Writer in Residence at Strathclyde University and William Purves Funeral Directors. He mentors and assesses manuscripts for The Literary Consultancy and regularly tutors at Moniack Mhor writing retreat. Doug has released seven albums in various bands, reviews books for the Big Issue, is player-manager for Scotland Writers Football Club, plays drums for the Fun Lovin' Crime Writers band, and has a PhD in nuclear physics.
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82 ratings
4.17 out of 5 stars
5 37% (30)
4 48% (39)
3 12% (10)
2 4% (3)
1 0% (0)
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