Now You See Me – Chris McGeorge

About the Book:

Six people went in. Only one came out…

Introducing Standedge Tunnel: the longest canal tunnel in England.

Last year six students went in, and two and a half hours later, the boat reappeared on the other side with only one of the students, unconscious, and the dog.

The case of the Standedge Six was largely kept from the national media. The police investigation concluded that the only remaining student, Matthew, killed his friends, hid the bodies on the boat and returned later to move them to an undisclosed location.

Matthew is in prison . . . but maintains he is innocent.

Robert Ferringham is grieving for his missing wife, Sam. So when Matthew contacts him for help with his case, promising information on Sam, Robert has no choice but to help. But can he trust Matthew?

And how will he solve the insolvable case?

About the Author:

Chris McGeorge has an MA in Creative Writing (Crime / Thriller) from City University London where he wrote his first crime novel Dead Room for this thesis. He constantly told stories from a young age, whether they took the form of comics, short stories or scripts.

He is a lover of Golden Age crime, like Christie and Conan Doyle, leading his crime stories to be a mix of the old and the contemporary. He likes weird and wonderful plots, with plenty of intrigue and twists.

His often coherent ramblings about everything pop culture can be found on his blog Festival of Blood and occasionally he produces the Sarcasmicast podcast with a group of friends.

My Review:  Ooooh where do I start?  Firstly I love a mystery and NOW YOU SEE ME certainly is a mystery.  Secondly I love originality and once again NOW YOU SEE me is original both in the setting and the storyline.

Robin Ferringham is our main narrator.  He is a grieving husband whose beloved wife Sam disappeared without a trace 3 years ago.  He has written a book about her disappearance and is currently at a book signing when he receives a phone call from an unknown number.

Matthew is a young man currently in prison accused of killing his 5 best friends on a canal boat whilst travelling through Standedge – the longest canal tunnel in the UK.  He maintains his innocence and contacts Robin to help him as he claims he has information about Sam which he will share if Robin looks into his case.

NOW YOU SEE ME is a fast paced thriller, guaranteed to keep the reader on their toes and turning those pages pretty quickly.  I’m not an armchair detective and very rarely work out who/why/where and NOW YOU SEE ME kept me guessing right up until the big reveal.

It’s a really thrilling atmospheric and cleverly plotted story with some wonderful characters.  Add in the creepy and claustrophobic setting of the longest canal tunnel and this kept me hooked until the final page.

If you have read Chris’ first book GUESS WHO you will spot a couple of references scattered in the book which always makes me smile …. it’s like a little in-joke with his fans.  Definitely recommended.

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