Geoffrey David West
Geoffrey West is a freelance journalist and author living in Surrey, England. Educated at Dulwich College, he has written five non fiction books for Crowood Press, and written a number of crime fiction novels, one of which (Deadly Contact) was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award. Rock'n'Roll Suicide is the first of a series of crime thrillers featuring Behavioural Investigative Adviser and writer Jack Lockwood.
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Smashwords book reviews by Geoffrey David West
- Niedermayer & Hart
on Nov. 15, 2012
Chilling, and you can’t put it down.
Niedermayer and Hart is a good, lively horror story, that’s a great page-turner with endearing protagonists. What’s most engaging is the build-up of horror, from small hints to out-and-out terror: the feelings of anticipation that are not disappointed. The idea of parallel reincarnated lives works well, as does the sheer horror of the gory parts.
The scale of the terrible discoveries at the porcelain dealers’ premises in the seaside English town was shocking and exciting in equal measure, and the way the woman police officer had to balance public credibility with the actuality of what was happening was a difficult and clever balance to achieve, and it worked well.
All in all, it’s one of those books that you promise yourself that time only allows you to only read a page or two and you next realise you’re twenty pages on and cannot stop after that.
Martin Johnson is an exciting, highly accessible writer, who has that rare skill of making you want to read on. And on.
Looking forward to his next book.
- The Cutting Edge
on Dec. 07, 2012
The Cutting Edge brings us into the world of hairdresser Skye, a kindly but harassed animal lover who finds that an ever increasing frustration with dealing with customers is driving her to ever-more murderous thoughts: she wields scissors that would love to cut carotid arteries and slice away ears. Cleverly, Darcia Helle leads us to think initially that Skye's homicidal fantasies about her dreadful clients - who variously behave selfishly, abuse her good nature and even have hygiene issues - is going to lead her to actually commit murder.
However, the Mass Avenger is the one who's really killing women in the small provincial town. And the reader is made aware of his ever-increasing interest in Skye that she has no knowledge of: thus creating an almost like a Hitchcockian build-up of tension that escalates higher and higher until it almost reaches breaking point. We see Skye from the monster's point of view, and she's totally unaware of it.
One murder after another is interspersed with lighter moments, with Skye's nice husband and lovable parents re-homing dogs and seeing the best in people. The book culminates in a thrilling climax, which I won't reveal - read the book and find out!
The interest in the book for me was the contrast of Skye's nice normal agreeable family life with that of the vicious lonely sociopath who preys on women: a heroine you can like and a murderer you can hate. Also I enjoyed the insight into a hairdresser's world, where seemingly balanced, likeable people can behave with such appalling self regard and tactlessness without even realising that their selfishness and cruel words can cause such harm.
You can expect plenty of thrills, lots of warmth and humour and some very scary moments, with an interplay of viewpoints that works well, ratcheting up the tension right up to the end.
You'll like Sky and her family and you'll love her dogs, and you'll enjoy her company until the very end: a really good read. Wish I hadn't read it so I could read it all over again.