Forward Slash - Louise Voss & Mark Edwards: Review
I never, ever read thriller/crime books. For a start, I am far too anxious for anything like that, my imagination runs away with me and I cannot handle it. I’ve also never thought it would be something I could find myself interested in. So I have no idea how I ended up with this on my Kindle but after reading it I am so glad I did! The book starts with a pretty sick, twisted chapter and straight away I was intrigued. The story follows Amy, the owner of a craft site, as she tries to find out what has happened to her sister Becky after receiving an odd email.
One thing that really impressed me with this book was the fact that it was clearly written by someone who understands the internet. A huge pet hate for me is when writers try to be ‘cool’ and ‘down with the kids’ (whatever that means) and you can tell by their choice of words, that they just don’t get how it works. For example, no one but my Nanna uses ‘U’ and ‘4’ instead of full words. Thankfully, Voss and Edwards really get Twitter, blogging and internet dating. Even down to Tweetdeck. This really helped immerse you in the story.
It’s another book that flips between times and characters which is something I think either works or doesn’t in a book. For this story, it really did work, giving you hints to later points and stopping on cliffhangers. Everything was so well thought out that nothing was just information for information’s sake - everything has a meaning and a reason.
I can’t talk much about the plot without giving away spoilers, but holy cow are there so many twists! This is a book that made me audibly gasp, swear and freak out. At times I was having to awkwardly hold my Kindle whilst brushing my teeth or getting dressed because I literally couldn’t put it down.
If you like dark crime/thrillers, please read this. I absolutely loved it and it’s so different from my usual choices. I would like to read another Voss/Edwards book, but I’m genuinely a little worried that it won’t live up to this book.
I had a full-on book hangover after reading this. Just incredible.
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