Book Review

The Suspects – Katharine Johnson

Today marks my stop on the blog tour for The Suspects by Katharine Johnson. Many thanks to Katharine, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to take part and for providing me with a copy of the book.


Shallow Grave meets The Secret History in this quirky psychological thriller

Bristol, 1988. Five young graduates on the threshold of their careers buy a house together in order to get a foot on the property ladder before prices spiral out of their reach. But it soon becomes the house share from hell.

After their New Year’s Eve party, they discover a body – and it’s clear they’ll be the first suspects. As each of them has a good reason from their past not to trust the police, they come up with a solution – one which forces them into a life of secrets and lies. But can they trust each other? 

“The hugely talented Katharine Johnson has, again delivered a tense thriller! This is a compelling novel – up there with Erin Kelly and Sophie Hannah.”

Val Penny, author of The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries.

“Gripping and frighteningly realistic. The twists and turns kept me guessing to the very end.”

Jo Fenton, author of The Brotherhood.

The Suspects Cover



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I jumped at the chance to take part in the tour for The Suspects having read and loved one of Katharine’s previous books, The Secret. I found that this book had a very different feel to it than The Secret, but this is not a bad thing. It just proves how wonderfully versatile and talented the author is.

Set in the 1980s, this is a book full of secrets and lies, and with so many different personalities living together, I found that it was reminiscent of the Nineties drama This Life, which I loved (showing my age now I know!). Seeing the mention of Shallow Grave in the blurb brought the film back to me, and it is actually a great comparison.

I was totally transfixed by this book, and really felt like I knew the characters, and that they could easily have been friends of mine. I mean, I was only ten by the end of the Eighties, but you know what I mean. They were all so well developed, and I found my loyalties switching between all of them as I tried to work out who to root for and who I thought was the guilty party. From my memories of Eighties, and even student life in the Nineties, it felt like Katharine had really captured the essence of the time, and the whole book dripped with atmosphere.

Another triumph from an author who is fast becoming one of my favourites.


The Suspects Author Photo

Katharine Johnson was born in Bristol and now lives in Berkshire. She’s worked as a journalist on lots of magazines and has written a history book about Windsor. When not writing you’ll usually find her with a book in one hand and a coffee in the other, restoring a house in Italy, walking her spaniel or playing netball (although not usually at the same time.)








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