My Rating ~ Four stars
RELEASE DATE: 10 June 2021
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
I saw it. He smothered her, pressing his hands on her face. The police don’t believe me, they say it’s impossible – but I know what I saw.
Xander Shute – once a wealthy banker, now living on the streets – shelters for the night in an empty Mayfair flat. When he hears the occupants returning home, he scrambles to hide. Trapped in his hiding place, he hears the couple argue, and he soon finds himself witnessing a vicious murder.
But who was the dead woman, who the police later tell him can’t have been there? And why is the man Xander saw her with evading justice?
As Xander searches for answers, his memory of the crime comes under scrutiny, forcing him to confront his long-buried past and the stories he’s told about himself.
How much he is willing to risk to understand the brutal truth?
Thankyou to Bloomsbury Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
Xander has been living on the streets for years when he witnesses a murder. A man killing his girlfriend, while he hides behind a couch in a house he shouldn’t have been in. He reports it to the police, but, according to them, there is no body and no evidence the murder ever happened. Xander knows what he saw, so he’s determined to solve the crime, even if he has to do it on his own.
This was such a unique thriller, with the main character, Xander, living as a homeless person. The trials and hardship of his life were factors that really added something extra to the story. He also suffered from memory loss and blank spots with regard to important parts of his life, making it just that bit harder for him to piece things together. Xander was such a complex and interesting character and the author did a fantastic job of slowly revealing his back story in a way that had me anxious to figure that out as much as the mystery.
There were some truly incredible twists and no matter how many times I thought I had it all figured out, there was another reveal around the corner that I didn’t expect. I did take a few chapters to get into the swing of the book, but once I did, I was engrossed right up to the last page and finished it all in one night.
This was the first book I’ve read by Imran Mahmood but I’m keen to check out his other book now!