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    compelling and gripping

    Back in 2002 eighteen-months-old Niamh Temple died whilst on holiday with her family in Portugal. The Temple family are back in Portugal gathering together to share the life of Max Temple who has recently died. On holiday next door to the Temple family is Vince, his wife Kirsten, their baby and Au Pair, Canadian Amanda. Amanda is also a blogger and recognises the family staying next door as Max was a well-known conspiracy theorist. Niamh was his granddaughter who died in mysterious circumstances. Amanda does a little digging and soon begins to wonder whether a member of the Temple family is hiding secrets, but poking your nose in other peoples business is risky, very risky. I haven’t read any of Chris Brookmyre’s work before but I was soon hooked on his style of writing. The book takes place in two different times, 2002 and 2018. There are a lot of characters to remember including one who has changed her identity since the tragedy in 2002. I was fascinated by the whole situation and whilst I’m not normally a lover of books shifting in time, this book worked. I was also eager to understand what the prologue meant. The book is also told from multiple points-of-view. Unfortunately, this is something I’m not a lover of and so the book took a little bit more of my concentration and time to read than normal. Whilst the change between different POVs was done well and you always knew which person you were following, and which time zone, I’m just not a lover of multi-point-of-view books, but this is just my preference and may people love them. The book is compelling, gripping and leaves you feeling anxious and cold at times as if you are on the edge of your seat knowing that something is lurking around the corner such as a twist in the plot or a shocking scene. I will have to go back and read some of Mr. Brookmyre’s earlier work now.
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    another superb production, chris

    brookmyre as fabulous as ever. Another great well-craftef book to add to his previous winners. The chapter "titles/references" made an interesting start to the book, and the usual brookmyre fashion, made for a very-hard-put-down product!!! also fantastic to see previous real-life as well as fctional references in his gripping tale!!! please keep new books coming, great books, and a fantastic author!!
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    Good read

    A story that keeps it secret until the end. Would suit a sequel
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    Dark and compelling

    I've read most of Brookmyre's books and enjoyed all. This latest one is well crafted and spellbinding in how the story unfolds. There is a depth to the characters that highlights his skill as a writer. In Fallen Angel his signature dark irony is there but his humour is not. The characters and the story is unsettling and compelling. If you have read his other books you may find the plot quite predictable. But in my case that didn't detract from the captivating writing- even if you think you know what's coming it's still gripping to the end.
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    Uncomfortably unmissable

    Perfect families & imperfect traits... like rival siblings the killer ending outshines it's killer prequel.
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