Hot Best Seller

The Death Knock

Availability: Ready to download

Three women have been found dead in East Anglia. The police deny a connection. TV news reporter Frankie smells a story... Ava knows that the threat is real. She's been kidnapped by someone claiming to be the killer: a stranger who seems to know everything about her. As Frankie follows the case, she enters a terrifying online world where men's rage against women may be turnin Three women have been found dead in East Anglia. The police deny a connection. TV news reporter Frankie smells a story... Ava knows that the threat is real. She's been kidnapped by someone claiming to be the killer: a stranger who seems to know everything about her. As Frankie follows the case, she enters a terrifying online world where men's rage against women may be turning murderous - and where her persistence might just make her a target. And Ava must struggle not only to stay alive... but to stay sane. From journalist Elodie Harper, THE DEATH KNOCK is a compelling story of the worst that man can do and the hunt for the truth - at all costs.


Compare

Three women have been found dead in East Anglia. The police deny a connection. TV news reporter Frankie smells a story... Ava knows that the threat is real. She's been kidnapped by someone claiming to be the killer: a stranger who seems to know everything about her. As Frankie follows the case, she enters a terrifying online world where men's rage against women may be turnin Three women have been found dead in East Anglia. The police deny a connection. TV news reporter Frankie smells a story... Ava knows that the threat is real. She's been kidnapped by someone claiming to be the killer: a stranger who seems to know everything about her. As Frankie follows the case, she enters a terrifying online world where men's rage against women may be turning murderous - and where her persistence might just make her a target. And Ava must struggle not only to stay alive... but to stay sane. From journalist Elodie Harper, THE DEATH KNOCK is a compelling story of the worst that man can do and the hunt for the truth - at all costs.

55 review for The Death Knock

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paromjit

    This is a dark and intense psychological thriller from Elodie Harper focusing on a twisted serial killer, abducting, holding for a time, and then killing women, set in East Anglia. The narrative is delivered from the perspective of two women, Ava Lindsey, who has been abducted and being held, and Frances 'Frankie' Latch, a crime reporter working for a TV news company. Frankie has recently started living with boyfriend, Jack. Two prostitutes have been discovered murdered, but the police have been This is a dark and intense psychological thriller from Elodie Harper focusing on a twisted serial killer, abducting, holding for a time, and then killing women, set in East Anglia. The narrative is delivered from the perspective of two women, Ava Lindsey, who has been abducted and being held, and Frances 'Frankie' Latch, a crime reporter working for a TV news company. Frankie has recently started living with boyfriend, Jack. Two prostitutes have been discovered murdered, but the police have been reluctant to connect the cases. The discovery of apprentice hairdresser, Hanna Chiver's body has the media linking the killings, and the fear of a serial killer targeting women begins to grow. There is a new boss, Keira, at the TV news company that Frankie works for, a woman who intends to shake and change the way things work. Keira is more intent on chasing audiences with more edgy coverage with less integrity, pushing Frankie into territory she is far more uncomfortable with and puts her in danger. Ava, a psychology student, is terrified but intent on surviving, she knows other women have been killed before her. She tries to engage with the killer, using psychology to try and connect with him but this is a highly manipulative man. Frankie comes across a odious Cuttlefish blog, spouting forth anti-women misogynist bile, raging about women being whores, deserving of being raped and murdered. It had targeted Hanna Chivers, poisonously alleging she was a liar who deserved her fate and not a victim. To her horror, Frankie finds herself being the focus of the blog, with malicious venomous attacks on her which escalate to horrifying levels. As Frankie finds her life being derailed, she becomes increasingly paranoid, unable to trust anyone, living in fear of her life. Harper writes a claustrophobic and compelling novel that looks at the world of TV news and the need for the next exclusive, without regard to ethics, something Frankie understandably finds hard to adjust to. Ava's predicament had me fearful for her, rooting for her, hoping that she would survive against all the odds, facing a deranged serial killer that blames women for all ills, intent on manipulating his victims. Harper hits on an important contemporary issue of the vilification of women on social media, blogs and by the setting up of certain types of men's groups that are nothing less than unhinged. A great read, both thought provoking and chilling. Many thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for an ARC.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    Easy 5* here, if you loved "The Binding Song" you'll love this - two strong, authentic and compelling female leads, a serial killer, the vagaries of the press and a tense atmospheric mystery that is highly addictive. Very early read so a full review will follow nearer to publication.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I received a copy of this book via NetGalley. A serial killer thriller set in a slightly fictionalised East Anglia. Three women are dead and another is missing. Frankie, a journalist with the local TV news station, is put on the case. She is one of those rare journalists who actually has a conscience and is reluctant to intrude on the grief of friends and relatives of victims for the sake of a story. But when a new boss takes over at the TV station Frankie begins to fear for her job if she doesn' I received a copy of this book via NetGalley. A serial killer thriller set in a slightly fictionalised East Anglia. Three women are dead and another is missing. Frankie, a journalist with the local TV news station, is put on the case. She is one of those rare journalists who actually has a conscience and is reluctant to intrude on the grief of friends and relatives of victims for the sake of a story. But when a new boss takes over at the TV station Frankie begins to fear for her job if she doesn't deliver, and her desire to see the killer caught sends her investigation down a dark road to a despicable internet website populated by women hating neanderthals. If she isn't careful in her digging Frankie may bring herself to the attention of the killer and put her own life in danger. This is a really good read but it doesn't quite have the same level of originality that the author's fantastic earlier book (The Binding Song) has. Highly recommended though.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Beesley

    This is the second book I have read by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed the first one, The Binding Song. However, this one I enjoyed so much more and found it an excellent read. It is based in East Anglia and there is horror when three women are found murdered although the first two are ‘sex workers’ which detracts from the original investigation. However, Hannah, the third victim was a pretty, hairdressing apprentice with ambition. Another woman is missing, Ava, and the story is told from her This is the second book I have read by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed the first one, The Binding Song. However, this one I enjoyed so much more and found it an excellent read. It is based in East Anglia and there is horror when three women are found murdered although the first two are ‘sex workers’ which detracts from the original investigation. However, Hannah, the third victim was a pretty, hairdressing apprentice with ambition. Another woman is missing, Ava, and the story is told from her perspective and the journalist who is following the case closely, Frankie. The author portrays so many interesting aspects relating to misogyny and online bullying. There is a point when I was reading the novel that I thought at least four or five men could be the killer. Cleverly plotted. Highly recommended. Thank you to NetGalley, Hodder & Stoughton, Mulholland Books and Elodie Harper for the ARC of The Death Knock in return for my honest review.

  5. 3 out of 5

    Laura

    Elodie Harper's first novel, The Binding Song, was a nicely atmospheric thriller set in a men's prison in the Norfolk fenland, straying close to the supernatural though never quite integrating these hints closely enough into its overall plot for my liking. Nevertheless, it seemed clear to me that Harper's writing had promise, which makes it all the more disappointing that she's fallen back on such a tried-and-tested serial killer formula for her second novel, The Death Knock. Frankie is a journa Elodie Harper's first novel, The Binding Song, was a nicely atmospheric thriller set in a men's prison in the Norfolk fenland, straying close to the supernatural though never quite integrating these hints closely enough into its overall plot for my liking. Nevertheless, it seemed clear to me that Harper's writing had promise, which makes it all the more disappointing that she's fallen back on such a tried-and-tested serial killer formula for her second novel, The Death Knock. Frankie is a journalist working for the local TV news. She's pursuing a story about a series of missing women that starts to become personal when she's targeted by a vicious anti-feminist website. Could Frankie end up being the killer's next victim? Meanwhile, Frankie's narrative is interspersed with chapters from the point of view of one of the missing women, Ava, a university student who is being held captive in a basement. The Death Knock rattles along nicely enough, and it's refreshing to see a crime novel told from the point of view of a journalist rather than the usual point of view from the police. Here, Harper's own knowledge of TV news - she works at ITV News Anglia - is obvious, and everything to do with Frankie's job feels authentic and interesting. However, the rest of the plot is just so similar to any number of existing serial killer thrillers, especially the dual narrative split between the investigator and the victim, and Frankie's growing sense that she herself is under threat. The MRA website adds something slightly new, but it's handled quite clumsily, with big chunks of text from the website quoted seemingly only so Frankie can monologue about how wrong it is. Obviously, I'm 100% on Frankie's side, but after a while, it started to feel like I was being hit over the head with this message - perhaps because there really isn't anything worth engaging with in the rants on these kind of websites, and so the lengthy time given to taking them apart felt misplaced. While I enjoyed reading The Death Knock, I hope that Harper turns to a more original and subtle premise for her next novel. I received a free proof copy of this novel from the publisher for review.

  6. 3 out of 5

    Louise

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It took me a while to get into this. Which is unusual... I do love a good serial killer story. I think there were too many characters that just weren't fleshed out enough...So I didn't really feel I got a good idea of who they were. Interesting side story on the chat room,invasion of privacy and how easy it is to get info on someone. Kept me reading till the end,but not always enthusiastically.

  7. 3 out of 5

    Lynn

    Really like this author’s writing style and somewhat “out of the box” ideas. S’cuse the pun there! Definitely think this would be a better book being read rather than listening, though a better narrator would be a start. Predominantly female driven characters but for some reason this narrator just wasn’t strong enough. Hence the 3 stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vivienne

    After reading The Binding song I had great hopes for this book but was disappointed found it very slow.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amy • A Magical World of Words

    My blog: A MAGICAL WORLD OF WORDS (Thank you so much to Jonathan Ball SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.) 2.5 stars. This feels like a missed opportunity, and I hate to say it because the premise is so fascinating. Unfortunately, it disappointed me. The writing is unexceptional. The leading ladies don't have much personality, and Ava, especially, simply tells her emotions, instead of showing us how she's feeling. The secondary characters are also easily forgettable, and I My blog: A MAGICAL WORLD OF WORDS (Thank you so much to Jonathan Ball SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.) 2.5 stars. This feels like a missed opportunity, and I hate to say it because the premise is so fascinating. Unfortunately, it disappointed me. The writing is unexceptional. The leading ladies don't have much personality, and Ava, especially, simply tells her emotions, instead of showing us how she's feeling. The secondary characters are also easily forgettable, and I didn't feel connected to anyone. But on the positive side, the book is incredibly unique. I love how the author's chosen to tell the story from the perspective of a journalist, instead of a detective, and it does make for some interesting insights. However, I think Frankie's role could've been been bigger and better executed. There're a lot of missed opportunities for great scenes and conflicts, yet the author plays it safe and rather mediocre. It's not a bad story, but the execution is poor.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sara Townsend

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dleech

    an absolutely brilliantly written thriller. i thoroughly enjoyed this book and finished it in super fast time. well worth a read. many thanks to netgalley and the publishers for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karolyn

    Thoroughly enjoyed this booked. Easy to get into and the story got you hooked straight away and I found it hard to stop reading, I wanted to know who was behind it. This story shows what a life as a female journalist is like. Frankie is a journalist, she is sent out to gather stories by her editor and sometimes she has a photographer with her to take pictures if its likely to need them, ie major story, feature story etc. Frankie is following up on a story of 3 women that have been found dead but Thoroughly enjoyed this booked. Easy to get into and the story got you hooked straight away and I found it hard to stop reading, I wanted to know who was behind it. This story shows what a life as a female journalist is like. Frankie is a journalist, she is sent out to gather stories by her editor and sometimes she has a photographer with her to take pictures if its likely to need them, ie major story, feature story etc. Frankie is following up on a story of 3 women that have been found dead but the police are denying a connection. Frankie does her own investigating that may lead to her be a target, a thrilling book

  13. 3 out of 5

    A J C Harper

  14. 3 out of 5

    Francis Grimes

  15. 4 out of 5

    Georgie Howells

  16. 3 out of 5

    Helen J

  17. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Pycroft

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shauna Whall

  20. 3 out of 5

    Sue Gover

  21. 3 out of 5

    Melleny

  22. 3 out of 5

    Andrea Grimes

  23. 3 out of 5

    Bookaholic

  24. 4 out of 5

    P G Hann

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle Antney

  26. 3 out of 5

    Thomas Bochtler

  27. 4 out of 5

    Janel

  28. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

  29. 3 out of 5

    Lisa Jordan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Denise

  31. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

  32. 5 out of 5

    Aqsa

  33. 3 out of 5

    Abby Slater- Fairbrother

  34. 5 out of 5

    Pam Novotney

  35. 3 out of 5

    Leslie Smith

  36. 3 out of 5

    Andrea

  37. 5 out of 5

    LESLEY GJERTSEN

  38. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)

  39. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

  40. 5 out of 5

    Laura Purcell

  41. 3 out of 5

    Kim

  42. 4 out of 5

    Ashok Rao

  43. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  44. 4 out of 5

    Marty Fried

  45. 4 out of 5

    Josephine (Jo)

  46. 3 out of 5

    ANEADRA

  47. 4 out of 5

    Kerry Hill

  48. 3 out of 5

    Stephanie

  49. 3 out of 5

    Ellie

  50. 4 out of 5

    Charu

  51. 4 out of 5

    Debmid

  52. 3 out of 5

    Rebecca

  53. 5 out of 5

    linda s osman

  54. 4 out of 5

    Heather

  55. 4 out of 5

    Marissa Lopresti

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.