When the submarine departed, none of the ten people on board knew it would turn into a nightmare.
Trapped on the sunken vessel on the bottom of the ocean and unable to escape, one of them is discovered dead. The tension escalates as the survivors realise there is a murderer among them, who is preparing to strike again and again…
With mounting desperation, people begin to turn on each other. While they struggle to identify who is responsible, each must contend with their own past, the claustrophobia and the secrets they are hiding.
But who is who? And which of them will be next to die?
Below the surface, the pressure is building and time is running out…
I would like to thank the author, Bloodhound Books and blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy for the ARC in return for an honest review.
The Pressure is a deeply disturbing and dark psychological thriller and a book I won’t forget in quite some time. Being honest I’m not sure the novel worked for me! But the reason why is hard to explain without revealing the incredibly clever and intelligent way the writer has written her narrative. I want to say at this point that this book is intelligent, challenging and breathless in its delivery and that my reaction is a personal one and not a reflection on Betsy Reavley’s superb book.
The Pressure has two narrative threads running through it, both of which had elements in them that some readers might find challenging. That is no bad thing, we need writers who are willing dare us to face our deepest fears and Betsy Reavley does so with breathtaking self-confidence. It is simply that I felt both threads would have worked better as two separate novels, as a traditional thriller and another looking at the deeply disturbed mind of killer and their past. It jarred a little and that is simply why I felt it didn’t work for me.
But for others it will, because as I have already said it is an intelligent novel from a very accomplished writer, whom I admire for being willing to write a narrative that will leave you breathless and questioning what lies behind the eyes of seemingly ‘normal’ people. Not only was I wrong footed in who I thought the killer was, I was left winded by the sense of claustrophobia that those trapped on the sunken vessel.
While acknowledging it didn’t quite work for me, it is a accomplished and exciting read and one I would highly recommend.
You can purchase Pressure from Amazon.
About the author.
Author of The Quiet Ones, The Optician’s Wife, Frailty, Carrion, Beneath the Watery Moon and the poetry collection The Worm in the Bottle. Betsy was born in Hammersmith, London.
As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.
She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.
In her early twenties she moved to Oxford, where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.
Betsy says “I believe people are at their most fascinating when they are faced by the dark side of life. This is what I like to write about.”
Betsy Reavley currently lives in London, with her husband, 2 children, dog, cat and chickens.
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