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“A unique and fascinating voice in crime writing”

The fabulous Many Books, Many Lives blog is run by Abigail Osbourne, who recently published her own debut, The Puppet Master. Her novel has been receiving wonderful reviews itself, so this is a woman who clearly knows about good writing! Luckily, when she reviewed Flowers For The Dead, she had nothing but praise for it. Phew!

She writes: “Ever since I read ‘Invisible’ I have been unashamedly excited and enthralled by Barbara Copperthwaite’s writing. I thought the plot and the way she makes you consider things about crime that you wouldn’t normally is fantastically original. I didn’t read Flowers for the Dead straight away because I wanted to pace myself and for Barbara to have another book on the horizon!

Well, this book was worth the wait. I was expecting great things, and I was not disappointed. This book tells it’s story from the point of view of a serial killer. It was such a unique perspective because, usually, I don’t enjoy hating the main character. And how can you not hate a serial killer? Ask Barbara Copperthwaite! By the end of the book, I was filled with such unease because I was empathizing with Adam. I could actually see the building blocks of what made him who he was. It takes truly amazing writing to inspire that reaction from a reader. I think the amount of detail and knowledge has this book brimming with a realism that just pulls you in. When I read the back of the book, I was unsure if I would enjoy this sort of book. But the character exploration and the unique point of view was gripping… TO READ THIS REVIEW IN FULL, PLEASE CLICK HERE

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