Title: The Spiral by Iain Ryan
Publication Date: 10th December 2020
Erma Bridges’ life is far from perfect, but entirely ordinary. So when she is shot twice in a targetted attack by a colleague, her quiet existence is shattered in an instant.
With her would-be murderer dead, no one can give Erma the answers she needs to move on from her trauma. Why her? Why now?
So begins Erma’s quest for the truth – and a dangerous, spiralling journey into the heart of darkness.
With all the inventiveness of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and the raw brutality of Mulholland Drive, THE SPIRAL is a unique crime thriller with killer twists – and 2020’s most jaw-dropping ending.
I want to thank the lovely people at Zaffre for providing me with an arc copy of The Spiral in exchange for an honest review.
Hmm, I’m going to need a minute to sort out my feelings over this book…
Okay let’s start with what I enjoyed…
It’s billed as the most original thriller of the year, which I totally agree with. We had Erma’s point of view mixed in with the mysterious Sero, a barbarian in a fantasy world. I can safely say I’ve never read a novel which has mixed fantasy with a psychological thriller before.
Erma was a flawed and realistic character, if not that likeable. You know the type, they’re their own worst enemy. Then we have Sero who has no memory and is searching for answers and slaughtering whoever they feel like along the way. There were times when I was more intrigued with Sero’s POV over Erma’s.
It started out as a really addictive story, I wanted to find out more, the mystery really spurred me on to read more. Then it was that pesky third part. There was something unsatisfying about it and it became a little disjointed to me.
Would I read something else by this author? Definitely. I really enjoyed the characters that the author created, I just wish there had been a better ending to the book.
About The Author:
Iain Ryan grew up in the outer suburbs of Brisbane, Australia. He predominantly writes in the hardboiled/noir genre and his work has been previously published by Akashic Books (New York), Crime Factory (Melbourne) and Broken River Books (Portland). His most recent novel ‘The Student’ is available now via Echo Publishing/Bonnier.