On my blog today, I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the new novel by Imran Mahmood, I Know What I Saw. With thanks to Tracy Fenton from Compulsive Readers for inviting me to take part.
I saw it. He smothered her, pressing his hands on her face. The police don’t believe me, they say it’s impossible – but I know what I saw.
Xander Shute – once a wealthy banker, now living on the streets – shelters for the night in an empty Mayfair flat. When he hears the occupants returning home, he scrambles to hide. Trapped in his hiding place, he hears the couple argue, and he soon finds himself witnessing a vicious murder.
But who was the dead woman, who the police later tell him can’t have been there? And why is the man Xander saw her with evading justice?
As Xander searches for answers, his memory of the crime comes under scrutiny, forcing him to confront his long-buried past and the stories he’s told about himself.
How much he is willing to risk to understand the brutal truth?
I Know What I Saw is a very different novel to Imran Mahmood’s debut. Imran Mahmood has created another gripping story with a brilliant hook. The shocking opening scenes pulled me right into the book; I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.
When we first met Xander, he is homeless. He is an intelligent man; we know this very early on when it’s revealed that he went to Cambridge. This made me wonder what happened to him, which led to him being in the position that he now is. It’s what makes him such a captivating and fascinating character. When Xander witnesses a murder, he can’t get the police to believe him. And soon, his whole world is about to come crashing down.
Like Xander, I had to know what had really happened and why the police weren’t taking him seriously. He, himself, tries to find out what has happened, even though this is a very risky thing for him to do. But he has to know, and he is determined to find answers. But things soon take a very sinister turn ,and Xander’s life starts spiralling out of control.
I had no idea how things were going to pan out for Xander, and this is what drives the tension. I was rooting for him to get to the truth and to prove to the police that he really did see what he saw, but then things began to change. I don’t want to give too much away here, but I felt that I couldn’t entirely trust him. This makes him even more interesting as Imran Mahmood begins to paint a very different picture of the man we thought we knew.
I thought the story was so well told and that Xander’s voice came through very strongly. I had a clear image of him inside my head as I was reading. I wouldn’t describe this book as a fast paced read, it is more of a slow burner, but I really liked it. The tension gradually builds throughout the book as Xander tries to find out what has really happened. There are some very powerful scenes in this book as Xander comes to realise the truth. I thought it was done really well.
I Know What I Saw is a very clever book, and I was utterly gripped right the way through. Imran Mahmood delves into the psyche of his characters, and he brings them to life so, so well. A brilliant read, I highly recommend it!
Publisher: Raven Books
Publication date: 10th June 2021
Print length: 366 pages
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