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Book Review: The Twisted Knot


The Twisted Knot
: J.M. Peace
Published: 2016
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Pages: 300
My Rating: 4/5

The Twisted Knot is the second novel from Australian author J.M. Peace. You may remember I reviewed her first book, A Time To Run last year – a book which I devoured in less than 48 hours! The Twisted Knot, although not quite as fast paced, more of a slow burn, is still an engaging story that will keep you wanting to know more.

The story sees us reunite with Constable Samantha Willis (Sammi), now back in uniform after her ordeal in A Time To Run. And although The Twisted Knot, can stand alone, readers of the first novel will enjoy reconnecting with Sammi to see how she is going.  The plot of this book revolves around the small town of Angel’s Crossing, where rumours that a local pedophile is once again causing trouble. But all isn’t as it seems, and through many turns and shocking twists, the truth will be revealed.

There’s not much more to be able to tell without giving away too much of the plot in this one. Peace has once again done a wonderful job of intertwining story, characters, and setting in a way that draws you in. Sammi is still likeable, and probably even more so as we see her wrestle determination and anxiety as she steps out on the beat.  The plot is strong, and again, I found myself hooked from the get-go, needing to know who, why and how. The story is more complex and layered than A Time To Run, but just as intriguing with Peace’s capturing of her characters growing in strength.

The fact that Peace herself is a serving police officer by day, brings an authenticity to her writing that is otherwise hard to capture. As Einstein once famously said, ‘If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.’ And what Peace brings through her training and experience is just that – a simple, yet sharp story that won’t leave you tangled in detail and unnecessary information. Her writing is all at once, concise, effective, and engaging.

If you liked A Time To Run, or more recently Jane Harper’s The Dry, I’m sure you will enjoy reading The Twisted Knot. And I for one, can’t wait to read the next book from J.M. Peace.


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