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The Only Suspect: A 'twisting, seductive, ingenious' thriller from the bestselling author of The Other Passenger

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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. Louise Candlish has written a good novel but I do think it could have been a great novel with a few minor tweaks. This story seemed like it was going to be slow paced but there were so many things that were not as it seemed.

I think that I will be in the minority with this review as other readers seemed to enjoy it much more than me. To date it has been a place to avoid, a place that attracts a more unsavoury character but now the community are looking to take back the track and establish a nature spot.

Why does the councils decision to give the go-ahead for a nature trail on a track behind Alex and his wife Beth‘s home turn his limbs to dust and horror fill his heart? I can't actually get pregnant myself but seeing her every day will do me no end of good and put another dimension to our already rocky marriage.

A group of locals - headed by the charismatic Robbie - will stop at nothing to make the second home owners pay for their holiday.

Every single book of hers that I have read has left me gasping out loud, and The Only Suspect was no different. His past includes Marina who is not who she seems and as the story goes on we find out that there is a reason why Alex wants to keep a low profile as there is a twist. This new Louise Candlish novel follows Alex, a man who seems to live a happy and settled life with his wife Beth.

Once again, Candlish gives the reader a tightly-plotted tale with plenty of red herrings and distractions that keep the reader guessing right up to the final, fantastic twist and reveal. 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. OUR HOUSE is the one you may know me for as it's on our screens as a major four-part ITV drama starring Martin Compston, Tuppence Middleton and Rupert Penry-Jones (watch the full series free on ITVX).Beth can’t understand his sudden interest in the nature trail and whilst Alex is keeping an eye on things, she is concerned that he doesn’t want to be photographed. Alex never actively mingles with the neighbours, he steers clear of social media and, although not a loner, he does keep to himself. The title is well-worded, an integral part of a highly satisfactory package of literary entertainment, a puzzle with a satisfying end. In the current timeline Alex is married to Beth and they live near an old nature walk where a murder took place in 1995. I certainly held a healthy amount of scepticism towards some of them, having the benefit of detachment to view all that was happening objectively which those who were in the heart of the story naturally wouldn’t.

There’s just something about how Candlish does it, the sudden twist of the plot completely out of the dark which leaves you speechless. It’s psychological fiction or domestic noir with a deliciously surprising turn – just how I like it.Alex is a very private man hates social media and likes to keep out of the spotlight and when a new nature trail is being developed near his house he seems strangely worried about it. The storyline is complex but very clever, and although there are many twists, there’s one in particular that blew me away, I just never saw it coming. You know what they say – love makes the world go round, and for Rick he is just about willing to do anything for his love, Marina. He did come across as a bit of a needy sap at times, but ultimately he was someone who I was happy to move through the story with, if only to see at which point he could finally twig some of the more obvious aspects of the story.

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