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by Muswell Press, March 2020. ISBN: 978-1-999313-52-4 (PB)
The book opens with Laurie running away from two men
on the Underground at 2.45a.m. She goes down into the tunnel itself towards
King's Cross and hides a key she has with her then carries on running.
We then go back six days and Laurie
is on the platform at Euston Underground station waiting to catch a train to
work. She has cycled that far but the chain keeps coming off her bike, so she
has left it in the cycle rack at the station. She witnesses a man falling from
the platform and under a train. She reports what she saw to the police, but
they are convinced he committed suicide and do not intend taking it further. Later
that day after work she tries to mend her bicycle when a young man who
introduces himself as Paul offers to help, together they fix it.
The next morning, they go for a
coffee and then a curry in the evening and she tells him what she witnessed. Laurie
later remembers seeing the man drop something from his hand as he fell under
We then go to 27th July when
the book opened, Laurie and Paul meet up at Euston Station at 2a.m. She
retrieves the key on a fob that the man had dropped. As they make their way
back up two men try to stop them, she runs back down, losing Paul. After
running through the tunnels she emerges at disused York Road Station, after she
has hidden the key. The two of them meet up again and go to her flat.
The next day after checking when
the live rail is turned off, Laurie retrieves the key on the fob. After
checking the numbers engraved on it she discovers it belongs to the British
Library. What had the fallen man been studying? Intrigued now, and as the
police are convinced it was suicide Laurie decides to probe further, enlisting
the help of her father David and her flatmate Jess.
Little does she realise what grave
danger she has now put everyone in. Did the man William Pennington really fall
under the train, or was it something more sinister? Laurie certainly makes a
discovery that convinces her that the police have got it all wrong. She even
begins to doubt Paul, is he all that he seems?
A really gripping thriller with an
unusual plot. I'm sure my blood pressure went sky high at reading some of the
passages.I travelled on the London
Underground for a few years and it brought it all back, I could even smell it,
so good was the description. I really recommend this book unless the reader
suffers from claustrophobia!
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
Toby Faber was a scientist at university
and worked in investment banking and as a management consultant before deciding
to accept an invitation to join the publishing company founded by his
grandfather, Faber and Faber. He was there for five years, spending four of
them as managing director, before leaving in 2001 to become a full-time writer.
He is also chairman of Faber Music. He has written two highly praised works of
non-fiction, Stradivarius and Fabergé s Eggs, Close to the Edge is his first
novel. He lives in London with his family
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is
cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.