Publication Date: 3rd May from Orion
A waitress. A cleaner. An actress. A lawyer. A student. Everyone is a suspect.
In a locked room – with no escape, and no idea how they got there.
In the bathtub, the body of a man they all knew. Someone murdered him. Someone in this room.
They have three hours to find out. Or they all die.
THE RULES ARE SIMPLE. THE GAME IS NOT
This is the most fun I’ve had with a crime novel in AGES. It is literally like a game of Guess Who but with blood and death and destruction and a hotel room you just can’t escape from – all the suspects are there along with a dead body and all they have to do is work out which of them is a killer. Simple. Or not…
Guess Who is an intelligent, immersive whodunnit – most excellent plotting allows you to solve the mystery if you are paying attention but distracts you with things like blood and hysterics and general mayhem. The personalities are all cleverly obfuscated, my advice is trust no-one and Mulder doesn’t even put in an appearance.
It is a twisted tale, an old fashioned locked room mystery given a modern and fresh feel – pacy and wonderfully written, a multi-faceted character drama with added murder. We have a hero and a villain for sure but it’s the shades of grey that mean you could consider which way round they sit. Racing along to an edgy and possibly unexpected conclusion (unless of course you do follow the clues and Guess Who) this was a genuinely engaging and entertaining read.
Excellent debut. More please.