It is my absolute pleasure to welcome you to my stop on the Blog Tour for Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone. I’d like to thank Anne Cater for inviting me onto the tour and to Orenda Books for providing an ARC. Let’s check it out……
Fault Lines is the first book by Doug Johnstone that I’ve read, and I have to say what a little cracker it is!! Given that I’ve lived in Edinburgh all my life, I always love when I get the opportunity to read a book set in and around ‘Auld Reekie’. The slight twist with this setting is that it is set in a reimagined contemporary Edinburgh, where earth tremors and new land formations due to volcanic activity are now part of daily life.
The story is a very quick read and had me gripped from page one. In fact, I blasted through this in less than a day, so eager was I to see how it all ended. I’d probably slot this one into the ‘who dunnit’ category, which is a genre I have always loved.
Johnstone does a fantastic job of bringing multiple characters into the fold and very cleverly drops little hints that had my suspicious mind working overtime. At one point I think I had 4 characters that could be pegged for the murder but, just when I was beginning to settle in one of them, another little curve ball would be thrown into the mix. Thankfully my amateur sleuth skills haven’t slipped too much and I managed to pick the right pony just before the big reveal🕵️♂️.
In summary, this was a great story, expertly paced with a number of threads running through it that all came together nicely at the end. Given this is the first Doug Johnstone book I have read, I can safely say that it won’t be my last, such was my enjoyment of this one.
In a reimagined contemporary Edinburgh, in which a tectonic fault has opened up to produce a new volcano in the Firth of Forth, and where tremors are an everyday occurrence, volcanologist Surtsey makes a shocking discovery. On a clandestine trip to The Inch – the new volcanic island – to meet Tom, her lover and her boss, she finds his lifeless body. Surtsey’s life quickly spirals into a nightmare when someone makes contact – someone who claims to know what she’s done…
Doug Johnstone is a writer, musician and journalist based in Edinburgh. His seventh novel, The Jump, was published by Faber & Faber in August 2015. Gone Again (2013) was an Amazon bestseller and Hit & Run (2012) and was an Amazon #1 as well as being selected as a prestigious Fiction Uncovered winner. Smokeheads (2011) was nominated for the Crimefest Last Laugh Award. Before that Doug published two novels with Penguin, Tombstoning (2006) and The Ossians (2008). His work has received praise from the likes of Irvine Welsh, Ian Rankin, William McIlvanney, Megan Abbott and Christopher Brookmyre.
In September 2014 Doug took up the position of Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. Doug was writer in residence at the University of Strathclyde 2010-2012 and before that worked as a lecturer in creative writing there. He’s had short stories appear in various publications and anthologies, and since 1999 he has worked as a freelance arts journalist, primarily covering music and literature. Doug is currently also working on a number of screenplays for film and television. He is also a mentor and manuscript assessor for The Literary Consultancy.
Doug is one of the co-founders of the Scotland Writers Football Club, for whom he also puts in a shift in midfield. He is also a singer, musician and songwriter in several bands, including Northern Alliance, who have released four albums to critical acclaim, as well as recording an album as a fictional band called The Ossians. Doug has also released two solo EPs, Keep it Afloat and I Did It Deliberately.
Doug has a degree in physics, a PhD in nuclear physics and a diploma in journalism, and worked for four years designing radars.
He grew up in Arbroath and lives in Portobello, Edinburgh with his wife and two children.
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