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by Avon Books, 19 April 2018. ISBN: 968-0-00-821224-7 (PB)
A debut novel that
has won many plaudits is always a hard act to follow and this, the author’s
second, must demonstrate the same knockout qualities.
the reader encounters fraternal twins, Zara and Miranda, who live in Miranda’s
flat in Bristol.Zara is a dropout and
gets her kicks by cutting herself but eventually manages to enrol on a
photography undergraduate degree course. Miranda is a high-flying accountant in
a prestigious firm. They’re chalk and cheesebut have always supported each other through thick and thin. Enter
Sebastian, handsome, manipulative and charismatic with whom Zara is besotted. He
moves in to the flat, slowly and surely undermining the twins devoted
relationship and lands a job not only in the same firm as Miranda, but also in
the same room.
story is narrated in the first person present tense from the perspective of each
of the three principal characters.Each
chapter is sharp and short, no more than a page or so long, that is tautly
dramatic. That Sebastian has ulterior
motives is apparent from the outset and Miranda takes an instant dislike to
him. However, she’s between the devil and the deep blue sea and can’t get rid
of him because to do so would compromise not only her close sisterly
relationship with Zara but also Zara’s fragile mental state.
is persuaded by Sebastian to believe that Miranda is jealous of her and desires
Sebastian for herself. Without providing a spoiler, a toxic crime scene, born
from lies, deceit, mind games and lust, arises that leads to one of the twins
being locked away in a women’s prison and puts her in the dock, battling,
against all the evidence, to establish her innocence.
writing is fast paced, characterisation is well explored, the dialogue frisky
and natural. The reader will root for some characters but not for others, but
it will certainly keep him/her on tenterhooks and guessing to the end.
After graduating, Amanda Robsonworked in medical
research at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine, and at the
Poison’s Unit at Guy’s hospital where she became a co-author of a book on
cyanide poisoning.This has set her in
good stead for writing her debut novel, Obsession,
a dark and twisted tale about love affairs gone wrong. Amanda attended the
Faber Academy writing course in 2011, and now writes from home full time. She
lives in London and Wales, with her lawyer husband
Serena Fairfaxspent her childhood in India,
qualified as a lawyer in England and practised in London for many years. She
began writing by contributing feature articles to legal periodicalsthen turned her hand to fiction. Having
published nine novels all, bar one, hardwired with a romantic theme, she has
also written short stories and accounts of her explorations off the beaten
track that feature on her blog. A tenth, distinctly unromantic, novel is a work
in progress. Thrillers, crime and mystery narratives, collecting old masks and
singing are a few of her favourite things.