If you haven’t discovered Alison Bruce yet, then you really should now. Alison started out with Constable many years ago with her Cambridge-set police procedural series featuring DC Gary Goodhew. The series won her many fans and she was shortlisted twice for the CWA Dagger in the Library. When the series came to an end after seven books Alison turned her hand to standalone psychological thrillers. The first, I Did It for Us, was published last year, Sophie Hannah calling it ‘unpredictable, challenging and compelling’. She has now followed up with the equally brilliant The Moment Before Impact, which M W Craven considers to be ‘the perfect crime novel’.
Alison is just so good at ratcheting up the tension while pulling the rug from under your feet – an achievement to be much admired. With immersive and utterly gripping writing, if you have not done so already, do give Alison a go – I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
'Alison Bruce always delivers. Her latest is tense, twisty, terrific' Ian Rankin
' [Alison Bruce] has written a superior thriller, full of suppressed menace' The Times Crime Club
'A powerful and absorbing story that stayed with me long after I'd finished reading. A writer at the top of her game' Elly Griffiths
'Unpredictable, challenging and compelling' Sophie Hannah
'Alison Bruce has long been one of the most adroit crime fiction practitioners in the UK. The Moment Before Impact is . . . her most accomplished outing yet' Barry Forshaw, Financial Times
A terrible car accident - or calculated murder?
An evening out for five students ends in tragedy, with two dead and one critically injured. Nicci Waldock survives, but her life is left in tatters. Years later, a sighting of Jack Bailey, the brother of her dead friend, leaves her with a shocking realisation about the night of the accident.
Helped by former journalist Celia Henry, Nicci sets out to learn the truth about what really happened, and discovers a series of lies and dangerous secrets that have distorted everything she thinks she knows.
In uncovering the tangled truth of what happened that night three years ago, Nicci must decide who she can trust, and who is about to kill again. And she realises that everything can be saved or lost in the moment before impact.
Praise for Alison Bruce
'As always, Bruce produces a rewarding read' The Times
'I Did It For Us held me from the off. It's compelling, slickly plotted and brilliantly written' Amanda Jennings
'One of our most interesting crime writers' Daily Mail