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The Twyford Code: The Sunday Times bestseller (English Edition) Formato Kindle
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*** THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER***
'The queen of tricksy crime. Every page is a joy' - SUNDAY TIMES
'Even better than The Appeal' - GUARDIAN
'Brilliant - a mind-bending, heartwarming mystery not to be missed' - OBSERVER
'Wonderful. An ingenious and wholly satisfying final reveal' - BRIAN MCGILLOWAY
'It totally foxed me. So clever and totally brilliant' - LISA HALL
It's time to solve the murder of the century...
Forty years ago, Steven Smith found a copy of a famous children's book by disgraced author Edith Twyford, its margins full of strange markings and annotations. Wanting to know more, he took it to his English teacher Miss Iles, not realising the chain of events that he was setting in motion. Miss Iles became convinced that the book was the key to solving a puzzle, and that a message in secret code ran through all Twyford's novels. Then Miss Iles disappeared on a class field trip, and Steven has no memory of what happened to her.
Now, out of prison after a long stretch, Steven decides to investigate the mystery that has haunted him for decades. Was Miss Iles murdered? Was she deluded? Or was she right about the code? And is it still in use today?
Desperate to recover his memories and find out what really happened to Miss Iles, Steven revisits the people and places of his childhood. But it soon becomes clear that Edith Twyford wasn't just a writer of forgotten children's stories. The Twyford Code has great power, and he isn't the only one trying to solve it...
Perfect for fans of Richard Osman, Alex Pavesi and S.J. Bennett, The Twyford Code will keep you up puzzling late into the night.
Even better [than The Appeal]... This fiendishly clever book manages to be both tricksy and surprisingly moving ― Guardian
A tour de force - a genuinely complex puzzle with real clues to be solved... A mind-bending, heartwarming mystery that is not to be missed ― Observer
A brilliantly clever, deceptive mystery with a unique twist ― Heat
The Twyford Code turned my brain inside out. It totally foxed me. So clever and totally brilliant-- Lisa Hall, author of The Party
A wonderful book, clever and surprisingly compassionate, constantly wrong-footing the reader on its way to an ingenious and wholly satisfying final reveal -- Brian McGilloway
Enid Blyton meets Agatha Christie with a cracking twist. Witty and wonderful -- Marion Todd, author of What They Knew
Fiendishly clever... Golden Age Christie-esque puzzle meets The Usual Suspects. Outstanding. Unlike anything you'll ever read -- Imran Mahmood, author of I Know What I Saw
I thoroughly enjoyed it. It really pulls you in, and makes for addictive reading-- Faith Martin, author of A Fatal Truth
If you love a puzzle, you'll enjoy this novel packed full of mystery and intrigue. Perfect for Richard Osman and SJ Bennett fans ― Yours
An elegant puzzle of a book, which entombs an exquisite little heart -- Matt Wesolowski, author of Six Stories
A multi-layered, multi-voiced mystery unlike anything I've read before. It's packed with tricky clues, red herrings and cunning acrostics, but ultimately it packs an emotional punch you don't see coming -- Kate Griffin, author of Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders
A highly original, immersive story that draws you in from the very beginning and keeps you thinking. Smithy was a fascinating character with whom it was a pleasure to spend time -- S.V. Leonard, author of The Islanders
Packed with perplexing puzzles and linguistic legerdemain, but behind that is a poignant tale of redemption -- D.V. Bishop, author of City of Vengeance
I absolutely love it. The Secret Seven for grownups -- Faith Hogan, author of What Happened to Us?
An ingenious novel that allows the reader to investigate the case themselves. Full of twists and credible characters, I loved every single word -- Louise Mullins, author of I Know You
A superb mystery with true heart at its centre. No one does twists quite like Janice Hallett -- Sophie Flynn, author of All My Lies
Janice Hallett is a genius at conjuring a whole world through dialogue, and yet there's so much more to it than that. Pure genius -- Leonora Nattrass, author of Black Drop
A stunning book. A fiendishly clever yarn that hooked me from the first line to the final revelation -- Chris McDonald, author of Roses for the Dead
Just finished the brilliant The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett. It's twisty, clever and deceptive, with clues dropped along the way - although I missed most of them! Loved it!-- Guy Morpuss, author of Five Minds
I read the last fifty pages of The Twyford Code with my mouth hanging open and my brain very close to exploding. There is clever and then there's this. -- Laura Pearson, author of I Wanted You To Know
Ingenious ― Good Housekeeping
Addictive ― Waitrose Weekend
A thoroughly unusual thriller ― Daily Mail --Questo testo si riferisce alla paperback edizione.
- ASIN : B0984VDLWF
- Editore : Viper; Main edizione (13 gennaio 2022)
- Lingua : Inglese
- Dimensioni file : 2670 KB
- Da testo a voce : Abilitato
- Screen Reader : Supportato
- Miglioramenti tipografici : Abilitato
- X-Ray : Non abilitato
- Word Wise : Abilitato
- Lunghezza stampa : 384 pagine
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 91,249 in Kindle Store (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Kindle Store)
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The story is told using vocal messages and it took me a bit to be hooked as the transcription of the messages was sometimes a bit hard to understand.
I was enthralled by the story, the clues and the story of the inner-city kids and their travel.
I wasn't sure if what I was reading was reliable or if Steve, the main voice, was creating a possible story.
I loved this story that kept me guessing and I liked the final part.
It's a riveting and entertaining story.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
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I did read to the end, hence two rather than one stars in my rating and I do concede that the ending was interesting. Unfortunately, I felt its method of getting there did not engage me in the slightest. I realise that so many others have thoroughly enjoyed this and found it very clever. I do enjoy crime fiction as a form of escapism(very useful over the past two years!) but I think I will give “mysteries” a miss. When I saw a review mentioning Agatha Christie meeting Enid Blyton, I should have known; neither would be my choice. I also find the concept of the unreliable narrator somewhat overdone currently; it seems a bit of a fad and I hope it doesn’t last. I will not bother with this author’s other book.
Forty years ago, Steven Smith had found a discarded copy of a book written by disgraced children’s author, Edith Twyford. Steven is unable to understand the strange markings and annotations in the book’s margins. So he shows it to his Remedial English teacher, Miss Isles. This sets off a chain of events that reverberates down to the present day.
Miss Isles becomes convinced that the book contains messages that form a secret code that has been scattered throughout Twyford’s novels. She eventually takes her small class of five, including Steven, on an outing to visit Twyford’s seaside home. During the trip home Miss Isles disappears and Steven has no memory of how.
Her disappearance has haunted Steven. Following his release from a prison sentence, he is determined to discover the truth. His quest is recorded as a series of audio files created on his estranged son’s smartphone.
This story is primarily presented via transcripts of these files, complete with amusing transcription blips. Steven has a unique take on life, the universe, and everything and proved a delightful protagonist.
It’s fairly obvious that Edith Twyford and her Super Six books were inspired by Enid Blyton. The extracts included from Twyford’s stories were spot on with respect to the style of Blyton’s adventure books for children.
I found ‘The Twyford Code’ an intriguing and wickedly complex mystery. There is also plenty of humour scattered throughout the transcripts along with references to other books.
‘The Twyford Code’ was an instant hit with me.
Very highly recommended.
The author uses the supposed machine transcription of voice recordings on a phone presented in short bursts of text to build the story, the characters and attempting a few cliff hangers. I found the style quickly became tedious. There you have it, tedious. I had no desire to read to the end and discover any of the answers that might be there. I have no idea how things turned out.
Many other readers have enjoyed this work so there must be something in it that I missed
I really enjoyed Janice Hallett's innovative debut novel, "The Appeal", but this second book is even better.
On the face of it, "The Twyford Code" is about a former prisoner, Steven Smith, looking back on a significant moment from his childhood: Steven comes across a book by the famous writer of children's fiction, Edith Twyford (based very obviously on Enid Blyton). The teacher of Steven's remedial English class, Miss Isles, is convinced that there is a secret code that runs through this and other books by the same author. She even takes the class on a trip to Dorset to visit the home of Edith Twyford. During the trip, Miss Isles disappears, but Steven's memory won't allow him to remember the details surrounding that day. Having been released from prison many years later, Steven starts to look into his teacher's disappearance and also the veracity of the mysterious Twyford Code.
As she did in her debut, Janice Hallett takes an unconventional and original approach to constructing this novel. This time around she makes use of the medium of voice recordings as the vehicle for the narrative. If you are the kind of person who likes your reading material to be full of flowing prose, then this will probably not be the book for you, as you are likely to find it irritating. However, for those who enjoy seeing a writer trying something fresh and different that both challenges and engages the reader in an unorthodox way, this will be a welcome breath of fresh air. Yes, it is likely to take you a little while to become accustomed to following the format relatively fluently, but once you have, you can really begin to appreciate the degree of craft, and also the wit, that has gone into the structure of the content.
There is something very satisfying about a complicated mystery that (ultimately) actually makes sense. "The Twyford Code" has been so cleverly assembled and the eventual unravelling of the mystery is an absolute joy. This may not be one for conservative traditionalists, but that aside, if you are a keen reader of the mystery genre, then I would urge you to add this to your reading list. I don't give out many 5-star ratings for book reviews, but "The Twyford Code" absolutely deserves that mark and I am already looking forward to book three from Janice Hallett.