Fiction

Knife Edge by Simon Mayo

About the Book

You never know where danger may come from…

6.45am. A sweltering London rush hour. And in the last 27 minutes, seven people have been murdered.

In a series of coordinated attacks, seven men and women across London have been targeted. For journalist Famie Madden, the horror unfolds as she arrives for the morning shift.

The victims have one thing in common: they make up the investigations team at the news agency where Famie works. The question everyone’s asking: what were they working on that could prompt such brutal devastation?

As Famie starts to receive mysterious messages, she must find out whether she is being warned of the next attack, or being told that she will be the next victim…

What I thought

To be honest I’m not really a fan of crime fiction, it isn’t really my go-to genre. And if I’m totally and completely honest the only reason I chose to read this book was down to curiosity. The author Simon Mayo is what really caught my eye. I didn’t even know he wrote books and thinking back to the affable breakfast time radio 1 DJ I certainly couldn’t imagine him writing crime fiction, and so that is why I couldn’t resist choosing it.

Initially I began to regret reading a book that was out of my comfort zone.  It did catch my interest but it had the usual ingredients of crime fiction – nastiness, murder, blood and gore. I don’t like reading all that it makes me sad.  I wasn’t keen on one of the main characters Famie Madden, a journalist who worked at the news agency.  She came across initially as quite a hard-nosed kind of person.  As I read on through the book however, the reader starts to see a more vulnerable side to Famie and I did grow to quite like her.  There were some quite dry, lighter moments between Famie and her colleagues, which I liked.

Perhaps in the middle part, prior to the run up to the ‘grand finale’, I did think it a little, I don’t know, Sweeny-esque? But that could have been down to the plot which I won’t go into but as it’s terrorist related, and they like to keep off-grid so to speak then it could have been that which made me feel I was going back in time to the 70’s. I kept expecting DI Jack Regan to pop up, screeching round corners in his Ford Capri. But who am I to critique crime writing really, after all I don’t have anything to compare it with as it is so rare that I’ll read a book like this.

So, to that grand finale then.  It was gripping, very edge of your seat stuff which I thoroughly enjoyed.  The further along into this story you get, the more compelling the read. In the end I couldn’t put it down, thrilling and riveting and I’m glad I read it.  It made a change to read something that I wouldn’t normally consider.  I give 5 stars to this book, because to give it anything less would just be a reflection of my personal taste – as a thriller, it was….. thrilling.  A great plot in the end.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

♥ Happy Reading ♥


With thanks to Transworld Digital for an advance copy of the book via Netgalley

Due for publication in e-book and hardback on 20 August and available to pre-order on Amazon and Kobo

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