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The Spiral Reviews

The Spiral by Iain Ryan

The Spiral: The gripping and utterly unpredictable thriller

Iain Ryan

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1 review

Category: Thrillers, Fiction
Imprint: Bonnier Zaffre
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre
Publication date: 31 Dec 2020
ISBN: 9781838773021

ENTER THE SPIRAL. FIND THE TRUTH. The utterly original and brilliantly compelling new thriller by twice Ned Kelly Award shortlisted author Iain Ryan. _______________________ Erma Bridges' life is far from perfect, but entirely ordinary.

3 stars out of 5
Martin Chilton
19 Dec 2020

"The Spiral is not a standard type of crime thriller"

The Spiral is not a standard type of crime thriller. There are numerous chapters about Erma’s inner imaginary life – she dreams of Sero the barbarian, a character created by the book’s creepy villain, author Archibald Moder – and this blend of realism and fantasy may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Erma’s interest in the warped side of fantasy coincides with a disturbing mystery about women who are suddenly disappearing and Ryan, whose two previous novels were shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award, builds the tension in a crisp sharp narrative that moves towards the violent showdown ending.