Saturday, 5 May 2018
Pressure- Betsy Reveley-5*
Ten people are on a submarine to make a film. Some are crew either of the film
or the sub and others are cast members, They have all come together because the
director wanted to make this unusual film underwater. We are told the story of each
of them as well as what is going on at the time. There is also the story of a child who
is abused by their mother, fending for themselves in squalor. When the submarine
develops a fault and they all become trapped, possibly never to get to the surface,
things take an even worse turn. Something none of them could have foreseen. Will
they die due to lack of oxygen or at the hands of one of them? This is a short fast
paced novel that I wanted to keep turning more and more and more. The who’s and
why’s were getting more and the pressure was building. Reminiscent of a well
known author’s book (I won’t give anything away by naming it) with a very different
spin. Trapped on a submarine is not a pleasant thought in anyone’s book- so to speak-
and especially with a killer on board! I wanted to guess at the perpetrator and time
and again was wrong. Where does the child fit in? A book you will want to read in as
few sittings as possible. A book to remember when you next get on a submarine…..
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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…
'Betsy Reavley is back with a novel of such impact and power; nothing is clear, the tension so strong it holds
you from the first page to the last. Pressure delivers on every level, leaving breathless readers in its wake.'
Bestselling author of Captor and 34 Days Anita Waller
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.
You can follow her on Twitter @BetsyReavley
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