FINDING NEW VOICES
DEFINING NEW GENRES
When Ben and Juliette’s young daughter dies in a tragic accident on a school trip, they begin searching for answers. But will they ever know the truth? What was the role of the teacher on the trip – and are the rumours about his past true? As Ben and Juliette search for the truth and the pressure rises, their own secrets and motivations are revealed….
An Honest Deceit is an intelligent and gripping contemporary psychological thriller that questions not just the motives of others, but the real reasons for discovering the truth.
With An Honest Deceit, Guy Mankowski has invented a new sub-genre in crime fiction. This novel would satisfy even the most discerning reader. I was hooked. I loved it.
Ruth Dugdall, bestselling author of The Sacrificial Man and Nowhere Girl
A mesmerising observation of speaking truth to power. Reminded me of Murakami. Mankowski writes characters that are painfully human and fallible. I finished it in one night.
Hanna Jameson, author of Something You Are and Girl Seven
Guy Mankowski is a great writer. Great in the sense that he is unafraid to tackle a multiplicity of themes, genres and characters. I have read all of his novels and a lot of his short stories and I am consistently entranced with his ability (and a bit jealous that he’s so damn good) – his prose style is lyrical, direct and carefully allows the reader into the story at a pace which makes you want to keep turning the pages, not an easy thing to do at all. An Honest Deceit is yet another tangent from Mankowski. The characters and story are not what I expected, I WANT to tell you what happens – I WANT to reveal details. I loved this book so much I asked my wife to read it and am still asking her each day how far she’s got! The intimacy in the dialogue, the moments that make you stop and read a particular sentence again create an experience you feel you are a part of. I really want to talk to someone about this book – like dissecting a film scene by scene. This is Mankowski’s best novel yet. A book of emotional intelligence. A courageous leap forward in characterisation. A book that confirms what I’ve known for ages. He is one of the best young writers in the UK.
Daniel Gothard, bestselling author of Simon saysRead More
Sometimes growing up is seeing someone else’s side of the story. Four stories. One truth. Whom do you believe?
Callum has a family secret. Yasmine wants to know it. Juliette thinks nobody knows hers. All Ruby wants is to reinvent herself.
They are brought together by circumstance, torn apart by misunderstanding. As new relationships are forged and confidences are broken, each person’s version of events is coloured by their background, beliefs and prejudices. And so the ingredients are in place for a year shaped by lust, betrayal, and violence…
Lost in Static is the gripping debut from author Christina Philippou. Whom will you trust?
Lost in Static has already received some fantastic reviews:
What a powerful read Lost in Static is. It opens dramatically and we find ourselves drawn into the events leading to this point throughout the narrative. I found the experience of reading Lost in Static a bit like eating a millefeuille slice as there were so many layers to it. (Linda’s Book Bag)
Kept thinking about the characters even when I was away from the book and couldn’t wait to come back to it to read more. A really intelligent and intuitive first novel from the author. (Mrs Bloggs’ Books)
The beauty of it is we actually begin to see into the minds of these young people and a myriad of friends, how they generally spend their days, what they are thinking, how friendships are formed but just as quickly wrenched apart by betrayal. It is absolutely fascinating and addictive reading. (Ali the Dragonslayer)
The author has done a brilliant job of keeping the reader in a state of suspense until the plot starts unravelling (Mychestnutreadingtree)
Considering there were four main characters, I am seriously impressed with the character development in this book. It felt like I was at University with them. These characters stay with you long after you reach the brilliant ending. (Many Books Many Lives)
[Lost in Static] just seems to offer just that little something more and is truly unique. I’d struggle to compare it to anything else – it’s THAT good that it really stood out on its own for me. I adored Christina’s writing; it was so easy to read and the way in which she brings her characters to life is fantastic. (Bookaholic Holly)
Not only does Christina tackle a multi-narrative structure for this her debut novel, but how well she executes it and the switches between narrators remain seamless throughout. (Poppy Peacock Pens )
The author has done a magnificent job of telling one story from the point of view of four different protagonists while still keeping the story flowing and holding the readers interest. (The Haphazardous Hippo)
I loved the flavour of this one – the author has a beautiful turn of phrase that just immerses you into the tale, it is a realistic and compelling snapshot of university life – often the very first sense of freedom you get as you grow into the adult you become. (Liz Loves Books)
The characters really grab the reader’s attention and it is hard not to get so wrapped up in what is going on in their lives. I actually felt like I was at uni with them and experiencing all they were going through. A suspenseful and gripping debut by an author who is without a doubt one to watch out for. (bytheletterbookreviews)
This is an incredibly well-crafted story which is gripping and enthralling, when I read this I was sucked into it and the time just disappeared. (Bookloverwormblog)
I loved the way this book is written… It was a very refreshing and enjoyable read. Fast paced and full of suspense. Very cleverly written. (Chat About Books)
I have to say that I was gripped until the very end. But what really intrigued me was the way in which these four characters told their version of events, one story, but each completely different. This is the real joy of this book. (Brew and Books Review)
It’s cleverly done… Never assume you know what someone is thinking! (Vikbat)
Philippou has to convince us not only of her ability to write authentically from four points of view, but also of her ability to write from a male perspective as well as a female one. And convince us she does. There is no doubt Philippou can write. (BiblioManiac)Read More
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