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Someone Who Isn't Me: THE GRIPPING NEW NOVEL FROM THE DAGGER-AWARD WINNING AUTHOR Kindle Edition
'A powerful, thought-provoking story. . . a vital read for any crime fan' Kate Rhodes on Life Ruins
When everyone hides the truth, who do you turn to?
Becca’s had a hard time of it, but she has finally got her life together. She has a nice little flat, a steady job pulling pints, and she’s even seeing someone new: Andy, who keeps his private life to himself but is always good for a laugh. And then Andy vanishes. When his body turns up on isolated Sunk Island, Becca learns Andy wasn’t just another punter. He was a police officer, deep undercover, investigating a drugs ring that he believed operated out of Becca’s pub.
Staggered by the betrayal, Becca turns to the only person she thinks she can trust: her foster mum, Kay. But Kay has problems of her own. She’s just moved into a short-term let in the hopes of finding some peace and quiet. But peace and quiet are hard to come by on Sunk Island . . .
Before long, both women are drawn into a terrifying world of drugs, money and death.
Perfect for fans of Ann Cleeves, Tana French and Denise Mina - a story about the people we are... and the people we aren't.
**READERS ARE LOVING SOMEONE WHO ISN'T ME**
'A must for all crime fans' 5 star review
'Unputdownable... Kot never lets the pace drop in this nerve-racking, dark thriller' 5 star review
'Excellent crime fiction, keeping the suspense taut, the plot twists intriguing and reaching a fully satisfying conclusion' 5 star review
'This is award-winning Danuta Kot's sequel to Life Ruins, a gritty, powerful and thought-provoking crime novel with a terrific, atmospheric sense of location in the northern Yorkshire coast' 5 star review
'Kot will keep you hooked until the ingenious and nail-biting end... The Holderness landscape of the ambiguous Sunk Island, no island at all, creates its own menace in this atmospheric page-turner' 5 star review
Praise for Danuta Kot:
'I couldn’t put it down. I was so invested in these people, and desperately wanted them to make it through their ordeal... Set firmly in the real world and populated with characters who feel completely authentic’ Sheffield Telegraph
'Life Ruins has all the elements I love in a novel - complex characters, an insidious underlying menace, and haunting landscapes. This dark story will suck you in from the first page' Stephen Booth, author of Fall Down Dead
'Explores real issues, from the perspective of real, damaged people, and told with a real warmth and understanding. Danuta Kot raises the bar for all crime writers' Michael Jecks, author of Pilgrim's War
‘Powerful and thought provoking . . . I was hooked from start to finish’ The Bookwormery
‘An atmospheric story that will draw you effortlessly into the pages’ Hooked from Page One
‘Engrossing and chilling, [Life Ruins] is the perfect read for a winter’s eveningwhere the mind can roam upon the lives and troubles of others’ Shots Magazine
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- ASIN : B07SSVGP5B
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster UK; Library edition (1 April 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 3251 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 400 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 144,029 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Overall, a clear 5 stars, and highly, highly recommended!
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However, it has further impressive qualities, one of which is the clever use of interior monologue, giving each of the main characters, particularly Becca and Kay, a chance to reveal their emotions and their thought processes as they, with the reader, try to unravel the plot. We enter the minds of these people.
Another quality is the social commentary, giving the reader a clear picture of the hardships and difficulties faced by people who have had deprived or abused childhoods, and who face job insecurity, fear of losing their home and lack of basic items like food or bus fares. We care about Becca, Poppy, Lewis and Jade. Their motivation to take risks, is believable. They risk exploitation or being drawn into a drug culture. It is realistically drawn for us. The geographical setting, too, is depicted excellently. I have never visited the Humber region but was able to imagine the natural layout as well as the urban setting from the descriptions. All the events, both those the characters experience, and those they fear will happen, such as being trapped in a car boot when a car lands in an estuary, are vividly shown to the reader.
The characters are not mere ciphers of roles of police or criminals or do-gooders but are fully developed with a range of moral values, flaws and decent impulses like courage. George, the landlord, doesn’t like Becca going through his shop, the safe route to her bedsit yet he agrees to look after her kitten while she is at work. These are not cardboard characters. The dilemma for undercover police in trying to help victims but not reveal themselves to the criminals, is agonisingly described.
I read this novel over two days. It’s a cliché to say a book is a ‘page turner’ but this one has you gripped once you start reading. Very highly recommended.
" She didn't want to be anywhere. But that was the thing about being broke. It took all your choices away."
I think if an author can do that they have truly mastered their craft. Roll on the next one Danuta Kot.
An undercover detective has been "outed" and lured to his death on Sunk Island. Becca, barmaid at the pub where his operation was focussing, is in danger because of the friendship that had been developing between herself and the detective,despite knowing nothing of the investigation with which she was unwittingly helping.
Unsavoury characters abound and Becca, not knowing who to trust, trusts no-one, except Kay,
her foster mother who is a social worker with an organisation called Tania's House, a hostel for homeless girls. One of her cases, Poppy, is missing her appointments and Kay needs to know why ....
The plot is absorbingly complex and shifting, with a wealth of characters who defy us to know which side of the law they operate on. The lights and the noisy bustle of a busy Bridlington pub manage at the same time to be rife with menace. Sunk Island is desolate by day and troubling by night. Danger everywhere.
The novel is brilliantly paced, held breaths alternating with sighs of relief.
"Someone who isn't me" can be read as a stand-alone, but "Life ruins" is an equally gripping read that gives background to the main characters Kay and Becca. I couldn't put either novel aside until I'd finished. Becca is a particularly interesting character who has had a poor start in life and is trying to become an independent adult. For her this means holding down two jobs and still being out-of-pocket. I'm hoping for a third book in which her life begins to take a path she can follow that fulfils her as she deserves.