Today I’m delighted to share with you an extract and my review of Guilt by Amanda Robson.
About this book…
Your sister. Her secret. The betrayal.
There is no bond greater than blood . . .
When the body of a woman is found stabbed to death, the blame falls to her twin sister. But who killed who? And which one is now the woman behind bars?
Zara and Miranda have always supported each other. But then Zara meets Seb, and everything changes. Handsome, charismatic and dangerous, Seb threatens to tear the sisters’ lives apart – but is he really the one to blame? Or are deeper resentments simmering beneath the surface that the sisters must face up to?
As the sisters’ relationship is stretched to the brink, a traumatic incident in Seb’s past begins to rear its head and soon all three are locked in a psychological battle that will leave someone dead. The question is, who?
And now today, I’ve been having a good day. A shout from the top of the mountains, good day. Right from the moment I woke up. Meeting you in the kitchen, Miranda, laughing with you over a cup of early morning coffee. Walking to the bus bathed in January sunshine: young, happy and in love. My classes finished by lunchtime and so I am almost back at the flat. You’re both still at work so I will have the flat to myself. I need to think about the next project for my degree. The final project, worth half the year’s marks.
Last bit of the journey, footsteps echoing on concrete paving stones as I walk along the ornamentally landscaped pathway towards Harbourside, towards our flat. I turn the key and enter.
Today our shiny flat shouts at me like Tracey Emin’s bed. Telling me about our life. The tangle of our love. Empty beer cans and unwashed wine glasses stained by wine dregs. Unwashed dishes in the sink. Overflowing laundry baskets. Our unmade bed. It is no longer a flat but a representation. It represents the rush, the flow, the passion of our love.
I have come back to the flat alone on purpose. I get very little time here alone. I want some peace to design my next photography project. I roll a spliff. I light it and lie on our bed to smoke it. I pull it in. Inhale. Inhale. Inhale. I close my eyes as I hold it in. I open them as I exhale.
My next photography project will be elemental. Powerful. It will encompass the power, the energy of the universe. The moon. The wind. The waves. The sky. Another hit. Holding in longer this time. I think back to our family holidays. You and I, Miranda, holding hands and running into the sea. Jumping over the crests of the waves and laughing. That’s it. Miranda, you’ve helped me to find my project. The power of the sea.
I really enjoyed Obsession so was looking forward to Guilt, especially as it has twin sisters in it and everyone knows I love a “twin book”! And Amanda Robson has proved she knows how to write a dark and twisty psychological shocker so I knew she would do me proud!
The short, sharp chapters in this book meant that I flew through Guilt, as reading just one more chapter lead to another and another and….well, you get the gist! Added to that is the mystery of who has actually been killed and why, as we have an unnamed narrator who is telling their story whilst awaiting the court case when they will be tried for that crime. We are also fed the circumstances of what lead up to their arrest and this is told in three points of view by non-identical twins Zara and Miranda plus Sebastian who is the new man in Zara’s life. His testament is a dark and somewhat disturbing account of his past and his relationship with the twins. And that’s where this author really shows her strength as she crafts her characters to perfection, developing the relationships between them with a slowly simmering tension that builds to its shocking crescendo.
Although I had my suspicions about the motives behind what had happened, I was never entirely sure in which direction things were going to go and Amanda Robson kept me dangling until the very end. I felt like I was on an emotional seesaw throughout! And I just adored that epilogue!! God, this woman can write!! What a beautifully expressed finish to this gripping thriller.
Definitely one for fans of dark psychological thrillers!
Guilt: The Sunday Times best selling psychological thriller that you need to read in 2018 is available to purchase from Amazon UK (affiliates link)
Meet the author…
After graduating, Amanda Robson worked in medical research at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and at the Poisons Unit at Guy’s Hospital where she became a co-author of a book on cyanide poisoning.
Amanda attended the Faber novel writing course and writes full-time. Her debut novel, Obsession, hit the Kindle top 100, staying there for weeks, and reached number 1 on iBooks. It has received widespread acclaim from authors and press alike.