A Twist of the Knife by Peter James

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With each twist of the knife, a chilling new journey begins . . .

From a woman intent on bizarre revenge, to a restaurant critic with a morbid fear of the number thirteen; and from a man arranging a life-changing assignation, to a couple heading for a disaster-filled vacation . . .

In multi-million-copy bestselling author Peter James’ collection of short stories we first come to meet Brighton’s finest detective, Roy Grace, and read the tale that went on to inspire James’ hugely successful novel, Dead Simple. James exposes the Achilles heel of each of his characters, and makes us question how well we can trust ourselves, and one another. Each tale carries a twist that will haunt readers for days after they turn the final page . . .

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Typically I’m not a fan of novels filled with short stories. I find that one or two of the stories are really good and the rest tend to be below average. Thankfully A Twist of the Knife was filled with exciting short stories that each ended with a surprising (sometimes deadly) twist.

If you are a fan of the Roy Grace series, you will be in for a treat because there are 2 Grace stories. The first is one of Roy Grace’s early cases as a detective and I really enjoyed that story and the twist that Grace figured out. The second was a Christmas story that I didn’t enjoy as much, but it was still interesting to read about.

My favourite novel by James is Dead Simple, which had an alternative ending in A Twist of the Knife. The ending of Dead Simple can’t be beat (a reason why it is one of my favourites), but it was interesting seeing a different, much shorter ending!

4 calculators out of a potential 5. This would be a perfect read if you aren’t looking for a full novel and want to read a quick story before bed.

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