Another excellent thriller from the British writer. Seemingly unconnected stories come together under investigation many years later and the reality of the tragic past is finally unveiled.
Twisting and turning, the plot kept me guessing (mostly wrong guesses) the whole way through. Another winner from Minette Walters.
In 1970 Howard Stamp-a mentally retarded twenty-two-year-old, was charged with brutally murdering his grandmother. The evidence was controversial but Stamp was convicted. Three years later, he committed suicide.
After tyring to bring Stamp's case to public attention for years, George Gardener teams up with anthropolostist Dr Jonathan Hughes, who has reexamined Stamp's case for a book on injustice. The more George learns about Jonathan, the more similarities she discovers between scientist and subject. And-if a dangerous kiler is still at large-she must help Jonathan defest his own demons.
...taken from the back cover of the book
This was my second read by Minette Walters. The first one I read was The Dark Room which I thoroughly enjoyed. This book had great potential with a good plot but Minette was unable to carry it off. The book was a slow read for me as the story and characters got very convoluted and confusing. In the end, the reader is left to assume who the killer was as the murder was not fully resolved. I will, however, read some more of her works as I think this was just a misfire.
This is a very different "twisted" who done it... very suspenseful!!!
Good mystery. George Gardener teams up with anthropologist Jonathan Hughes to reexamine a case from 1970 where a retarded 20 year old was convicted of murder. The more they study, the more they begin to think the murderer is among them.
This was the first book by this author that I have read and enjoyed it immensely.
From Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Walters (Fox Evil, etc.) delivers another complex tale of murder and deception. In 1970, 20-year-old Howard Stamp is convicted of brutally killing his 57-year-old grandmother with a carving knife; three years later, he commits suicide in prison. In 2002, London anthropologist Jonathan Hughes includes the Stamp case in his book, Disordered Minds, which examines infamous miscarriages of justice. The mentally slow Stamp may have been coerced into confessing to the murder. George (Georgina) Gardener, an elderly councilor living in Stamp's hometown of Bournemouth, has come to believe in Stamp's innocence herself and asks Jonathan for help in clearing the young man's name. The two get off to a rocky start, but they form an uneasy alliance that gradually grows into a deep friendship. Watching this relationship develop is one of the novel's more entertaining aspects. Walters uses to good effect the multiple viewpoints of her numerous characters, as well as flashbacks, letters, newspaper articles and e-mails to reveal the truth behind the decades-old murder. However, as in life, there are no easy answers, and although the ending may disappoint some, it caps perfectly all that has come before it.
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Another great Minette Walters book!
Minette Walters is one of the best all time mystery writers