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Fault Lines

Published Date: 16th January 2018

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28 February 2018
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22 May 2018
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Description

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, and makes the fatal decision to keep their affair, and her discovery of his corpse secret. Desperate to know how he died, but also terrified she’ll be exposed, Surtsey’s life quickly spirals into a nightmare when someone makes contact – someone who claims to know what she’s done…

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A cracking and highly original thriller. Johnstone never fails to deliver’ Mark Billingham

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You don’t read Fault Lines so much as you white-knuckle your way through its twists and turns, toward its thrilling end, your breath held and your nerves tingling. And it’s as psychologically rich as it is harrowing. I’ve come to expect nothing less from Doug Johnstone, one of the genre’s premiere writers’ Megan Abbott

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‘Doug Johnstone has crafted a superb, highly original psychological chiller. Fault Lines is a masterclass in suspense’ Steve Cavanagh

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‘Doug Johnstone is a brilliant writer and this is a pacey, gripping read, which builds to a climax you won’t forget in a hurry. Loved it’ Louise Voss

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‘Doug Johnstone is Scotland’s truest exponent of noir. He writes novels that are punchy, fast-paced and sometimes gruellingly dark; unflinchingly challenging his readers by taking them to places that are emotionally and ideologically uncomfortable’ Chris Brookmyre

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‘A subtly off-kilter speculative thriller which builds to a truly explosive ending. Once again Doug Johnstone shows why he’s at the forefront of Scottish crime fiction’s new guard; Fault Lines is original, ambitious but always grounded in relatable and complex characters’ Eva Dolan

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Fault Lines creates a world so convincing you find yourself forgetting it is a work of fiction. Richly characterised, beautifully crafted, this is a book that you truly inhabit. A true must read’ Emma Kavanagh

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‘Sexy, fearless and addictive – Fault Lines isn’t like any other book I’ve read. Doug Johnstone just gets better and better’ Helen Fitzgerald

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‘In Surtsey, Doug Johnstone has created a character as feisty and unpredictable as the volcano that has transformed the Firth of Forth. Johnstone weaves his compelling and original tale with great skill and elegance from the gripping beginning to a tense and explosive ending’ Amanda Jennings

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‘Doug’s characters are wonderfully drawn, and the trauma he puts them through is deeply twisted. It’s a mark of the book that I really wanted to know what happens to them all next – there’s so much mental anguish to work through!’ James Oswald

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‘A cracker! I really enjoyed it’ Ed James

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‘Brilliant premise, fascinating setting, great characters and a story that plays with every single emotion. Doug Johnstone is an excellent writer who tries new things with every book, and always succeeds’ Susi Holliday

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‘With its brilliant sense of place and uneasy atmosphere throughout, this had me hooked from the first page’ Cass Green

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‘His best book yet!  I simply devoured this fast-paced, explosive thriller’ Portobello Book Blog

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‘An explosive thriller’ Daily Record

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Fault Lines erupts on page on with a compelling scenario that keeps flowing all the way to an explosive resolution. I was enthralled!’ L V Hay

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‘Fault Lines grabs you by the throat from the first chapter’ Neil Broadfoot

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‘Absolutely ripped through Fault Lines … a first-rate thriller about guilt, deception and life’s fragility. Poignant, gripping and packed with seismic shocks’ Paddy Magrane

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‘Doug Johnstone is straight out of the genre’s top drawer, and his latest book, Faultlines is incisive, intelligent and imaginative. A stellar read. Absolutely not to be missed’ Michael J. Malone

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‘A highly imaginative, hauntingly beautiful and genuinely clever whodunnit’ Liz Loves Books

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Great writing, bold plotting, exceptional characterisation and a fascinating background. Doug Johnstone provides us with a credible “alternative” Edinburgh with a daily fear of tremors and earthquakes. It’s not that different from our real world, making it so believable and relatable, just like his characters. His vivid descriptions put me right into the heart of The Inch, a new volcanic island in the Firth of Forth … I read the book in one sitting, turning the pages as fast as my reading speed would allow’ Off-the-Shelf Books

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‘A highly imaginative and well-written book, unlike any I’ve read this year. I was completely swept away by this story with its wonderful setting, short fast-paced chapters and a thoroughly satisfying ending to boot’ Caroline Mitchell

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‘An intriguing thriller that hits you like a seismic shock’ Douglas Skelton

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‘Imagine an Edinburgh where a tectonic fault has opened up to produce a new volcano in the Firth of Forth and tremors are an everyday occurrence. That’s the setting for an explosive thriller about volcanologist Surtsey, who finds the body of her boss (and lover) on a new volcanic island. Deciding to keep the discovery of the corpse – and their affair – a secret, she’s desperate to find out how he died. Then someone makes contact who claims to know what Surtsey has done and her life quickly spirals into a nightmare’ Lisa Gray, Daily Record

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‘Short, sharp, punchy. As a reimagined Edinburgh sits with a volcano on the doorstep, volcanologist Surtsey discovers the very dead body of her lover, and a split-second decision turns her entire world upside down. Doug Johnstone sets the pace from the very beginning, fast moving chapters kept my thoughts whirring. Surtsey is a fascinating character, living her life in the moment, her actions reverberated across the surface of the pages. I could feel her shock, her confusion, yet she didn’t allow me close enough to form a bond, consequently I found myself evaluating, sifting, perhaps even judging. It feels as though a reckoning is thundering towards Surtsey, and I sat waiting, expectantly tense, ready to view the outcome. ‘Fault Lines’ cranks up the volume on original, yet feels intensely raw, earthy, and real, for a short book, it packs a mighty wallop’ Love Reading

Author

Doug Johnstone is an author, journalist and musician based in Edinburgh. He’s had eight novels published, most recently Crash Land. His previous novel, The Jump, was a finalist for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. Several of his other novels have been award winners and bestsellers, and he’s had short stories published in numerous anthologies and literary magazines. His work has been praised by the likes of Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Irvine Welsh. Several of his novels have been optioned for film and television. Doug is also a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow. Doug has released seven albums in various bands, reviews books for Big Issue magazine, is player-manager for Scotland Writers Football Club and has a PhD in nuclear physics.

Online Reviews

‘Doug Johnstone’s writing talent is of seismic proportions (couldn’t resist – sorry – but his writing is fantastic), and I predict that Fault Lines is going to be huge – with its great writing, bold plotting, exceptional characterisation and fascinating background. This is a murder mystery steeped in geoscience. A tense multi-layered psychological thriller filled with shocks and surprises. Doug Johnstone provides us with a credible ‘alternative’ Edinburgh with a daily fear of tremors and earthquakes. It’s not that different from our real world, making it so believable and relatable, just like his characters. His vivid descriptions put me right into the heart of The Inch, a new volcanic island in the Firth of Forth – I could not only visualise the landscape but feel it, taste it and smell it too. I read the book in one sitting, turning the pages as fast as my reading speed would allow. And I finished it feeling exhausted after a rollercoaster experience. This is my first Doug Johnstone book – and now I can’t wait for more!’ Off the Shelf Books

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‘Atmosphere check, cracking dialogue – check, and a murder mystery to freak you out as it’s on an island close to Edinburgh – you can see safety but can’t reach it… From the scene stealing first paragraph, the novel just got better and better. Doug Johstone has writtena novel that hits the spot in every way possible. The setting for me of course was the greatest pull – how unique is an alternative island close to Edinburgh. It’s a city I know very well and this just made it even more chilling … then there’s the writing – rugged and raw, immersive and a flavour to it not until the salt sprinkles on your tongue if you were to stand on The Inch for real. It’s all very believable – Edinburgh is a city built on old volcanoes and is as rugged and rocky as any city I’ve ever seen. It’s the perfect setting for a thriller, the perfect mix of raw dialogue and creepy telephone messages with the Johnstone seal of silk Scottish writing. There’s no fault lines in this book – just brilliant, crisp, cheeky and chilling ones! Doug Johnstone’s pen must ooze lava and burn the pages as he writes. Smokin’ hot this read!’ The Book Trail

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‘Events begin to spiral, and the tension builds as the tremors from the fault line grow stronger and stronger, until the inevitable explosive plot climax. Surtsey is such a well-written and well-rounded character, that I’d’ve been rooting for her no matter what. She’s sassy, smart, but also vulnerable and sensitive, which is no more evident than in her relationship with her dying mother. It’s a true thriller, with such cinematic descriptions of people, places and events, that it’s crying out for a tv or film adaptation. This is the first of Doug Johnstone’s novels I’ve read, and it won’t be the last!’ Goodreads 

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‘The setting is just brilliant with lots of small details which Portobello residents will love: the little green van, Scotmid carpark, the big houses on the prom right down to the detail of the lookout tower. I must admit to looking rather nervously out my living window to the Forth and hoping that no new islands have appeared overnight! I think my house will be okay up the hill … With its tightly plotted, short chapters leading to a tense and explosive ending, this is a book which I devoured. Doug Johnstone’s writing just keeps getting better and better for me and I have to say I think this is his best yet!’ Portobello Book Blog

 

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‘The book builds to an exciting and dramatic climax in which the forces of Mother Nature, aptly, play a significant part. Fault Lines is an imaginative, dark and accomplished thriller with believable – if not necessarily likeable – characters set in a convincingly described location’ What Cathy Read Next

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‘It’s a short book, but packs a lot into its 200-odd pages … Surtsey is a brilliant character, flawed and genuine, not only dealing with the death of her boss and lover, but also her mum’s terminal cancer and her sister’s seeming indifference towards it. I wouldn’t be remotely surprised to see this developed for television and think it would work brilliantly on screen. Should we start the fantasy casting? I polished this book off in a couple of sittings, and not just because of its relative slimness. It’s a gripping story which rumbles along at pace to a satisfying conclusion. I’ll definitely be adding Doug Johnstone to my list of authors to watch out for. Highly recommended’ Espresso Coco

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‘Doug Johnstone creates a captivating work of crime fiction in FAULT LINES. The reader tags along with suspect number one, Surtsey, as she fumbles through an attempt to cover up her relationship with a now murdered married man … Johnstone is able to weave together these dominating plot lines in Surtsey’s life and create a seamless story. FAULT LINES is filled with edge of your seat moments, heartbreak, and the possibilities that can spiral from telling a lie’ What Jess Reads

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‘Please don’t think Fault Lines is a book heavily laced with science, it isn’t! What it is, is a book that takes the reader out of their comfort zone and places them in a reality that has changed from what  they know to be true. It places the reader firmly at the heart of Surtsey’s relationship, not only with the island but also with those whom she is close to. It pokes and prods at your brain, it gets under your skin and it provides all those twists and turns you are looking for in a psychological thriller/murder mystery. But once again Doug Johnstone goes way beyond just “writing a story” he provides you with an experience like no other, he takes you by the hand and dumps you right in the midst of it all. So just buckle up folks and enjoy the ride!’ Chapter in my Life

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Fault Lines gripped me straight away! I loved Surtsey. It was apparent from the first page that she was going to be a character to keep readers on their toes, keep them guessing, never quite knowing what she’d do next … Combined with fantastic setting, characterisation and wonderful writing Fault Lines is a fast-paced, completely unputdownable new novel that will have readers hooked! Loved it! From beginning to end, I was a mix of emotions – amazed, unnerved, breathless, shocked and utterly overwhelmed. I still haven’t quite come to terms with that ending! Oh my goodness! Doug Johnstone keeps the tension high as he leads you on a devilishly dark, brilliantly original mystery that will leave you speechless as you try to guess who-dun-it! Original. Surprising. Gripping’ Ronnie Turner

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‘Excellent plotting and tight prose gave this book real readability and let me put my Miss Marple hat on which is always appreciated. This is a compelling novel with an unusual premise. I loved the setting of Edinburgh as it is one of my favourite cities, and the addition of the enigma that is the Inch really sealed things for me … This ominous island overseeing misdeeds and deception was a powerful creation whose magnetic pull kept me turning the pages’ Beverley Has Read

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Fault Lines is a slow burner of a thriller and quite short too, at a mere 215 pages. However every page contains a devilishly detailed plot with characters and dialogue that is both realistic and convincing, leading to a tense and dramatic climax … Set against an re-imagined Edinburgh with earth tremors constantly unsettling its residents, Fault Lines is a very different dark and compelling thriller with past secrets having an impact upon the present. I have to admit that some of the science about volcanic eruptions went over my head but this didn’t stop me enjoying this very accomplished thriller. Doug Johnstone is an author new to me but I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up another of his books’ My Reading Corner

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‘Yet again Orenda Books have produced for it’s readers, a thriller of the highest quality! Doug Johnstone delivers a narrative that had me gripped throughout … I was deeply impressed by the power of the setting of Fault Lines. You could feel the brooding presence of Inch, a volcanic Island sitting in the Firth of Forth throughout the novel. It felt to me, that it gave the story an originality, which will allow it to stand proudly out from other similar books … As a reader I felt a range of emotions reading Fault Lines, excitement, anxiety, anticipation and most of all, real overwhelming fear of the final outcome for Surtsey. I would recommend this book to all thriller readers and especially those who revel in heightened feelings of brooding suspense. Inch and Surtsey taking equal roles in this superb book’

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