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Mystery & Detective August 20, 2014
Highly recommended
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"Tracing the Contours" by Honor Amelia Dawson is a tightly written and accomplished psychological thriller. Its strength lies in the intelligent plotting and well-maintained level of suspense as our small team investigate what might be a premonition or a repressed memory. Megan is making a fresh start in Rodley, England, after a failed relationship with Ben and his son David. On the train there she meets Larry and suffers her first premonition, the feeling of being stabbed to death. In Rodley people remark on her looks which make her the spitting image of Saskia Fox, a woman who disappeared 30 years ago. Since Megan was adopted this raises some issues. Pressure is also mounting from her ex Ben, who doesn't want to accept the end to their relationship. Larry hires Luke Adams, a paranormal investigator, whose private life is also in need of some tidying up. "Tracing the Contours" lives from the unknown. Was a near miss car accident really an accident? What are people's agenda's? Many characters disclose sides that put in question their bias or integrity. The eerie feeling of knowing and familiarity that Megan experiences, her uncertaintity about her relationship... Dawson keeps the reader on a tight leash, throwing twists into her mystery and changing direction in the investigation a few times. A separate narrative sets in late in the book which shows us the life of Saskia Fox from 1977 until her disappearance, bringing clarity and leading up to a great climax of the story. Well plotted, rich in character depth and suspense and tightly edited this is a well rounded thriller. Highly recommended
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