The Crime Writers' Association

Stone Bruises Gold 2014

Simon Beckett
Stone Bruises

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Excellent characterization and a well-plotted stand-alone psychological thriller where little is as it seems. A convincing dual-time storyline builds up in an unusual French setting carrying a sense of foreboding and quiet menace throughout. Slow delivery of information together with the underlying tension ratchets up the suspense to a nail-biting conclusion.