I Know What I Saw by Imran Mahmood #bookreview #blogtour @imranmahmood777 @BloomsburyRaven @Tr4cyF3nt0n

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 Know What I Saw: 'A mesmerising thriller. Don't miss this one' - T. M. Logan by [Imran Mahmood]

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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?

MY THOUGHTS

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

I Know What I Saw is available to buy:

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You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood #bookreview

I finally got round to reading the debut novel by Imran Mahmood, You Don’t Know Me a few weeks ago. I’m sharing my thoughts on my blog today.

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A young man stands accused of murder. The evidence is overwhelming.

But at his trial, this man tells an extraordinary story.

It is about the woman he loves, who got into terrible trouble. It’s about how he risked everything to save her.

He swears he’s innocent. But in the end, all that matters is this: do you believe him?

MY THOUGHTS

I’ve been meaning to get round to reading You Don’t Know Me, Imran Mahmood’s debut novel, for some time now, and I’m so pleased I’ve finally read it. This is a really unique thriller, and I haven’t read anything quite like it. It’s a novel that really made me think as I was reading it, and I think it would be great to see this adapted as a play, like Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution.

The novel is told from one perspective, a young man who has been accused of murder. He is defending himself in court, and it is now up to him entirely to convince the jury of his innocence. When I first started reading, I wondered just how he was going to be able to pull this off, especially with no one defending him. He gives a very powerful speech, and it makes for absolutely gripping reading as he tells his side of the story. It is also a story that feels very real as well.

The young man accused really is the star of the show here. It was amazing how other characters, who formed part of his defence, came to life in his speech, and I could picture them clearly in my mind. The story he told is really intriguing, and it paints a clear picture of gang life in London and how difficult it can be to get out of gangs.

All the time, I was wondering how this young man was going to present evidence to ensure a not guilty verdict. He has set himself an almost impossible challenge, and you can see from the start that the odds clearly aren’t in his favour. I wanted to know what had really gone on. His defence is very powerful. I have no doubt that if I was sitting on the jury that I would be drawn in by his story. Although he has got himself involved in a tricky situation with local gangs, you can see that he does not want to be involved at all. But the reason he does get involved is to protect his family and the people he loves.

I was rooting for him all the way through. I was turning the pages faster and faster as the final parts of his story began to unfold.

You Don’t Know Me is very well plotted and so, so clever. There may be a few readers who might have different opinions, especially when it comes to the ending, but I absolutely loved it. It’s one of those books you’ll want to discuss with someone once you read it. I highly recommend it!

Publisher: Penguin

Publication date: 19th April 2018

Print length: 400 pages

You Don’t Know Me is available to buy:

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WWW Wednesday – 31/03/2021

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What have you finished reading?
What will you read next?

What am I currently reading?

Two people can keep a secret . . . if one of them is dead.

Sisters Jo and Caroline are used to hiding things from each other. They’ve never been close – taking it in turns to feel on the outside of their family unit, playing an endless game of favourites.

Jo envies Caroline’s life – things have always come so easy to her. Then a family inheritance falls entirely to Jo, and suddenly now Caroline wants what Jo has. Needs it, even.

But just how far will she go to get it?

The Killing Choice: Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month ‘Riveting’ (DI Alex Finn 2) by [Will Shindler]

‘Leave your daughter with me, or I will kill you both’

It felt like a normal Friday evening before Karl and his daughter Leah were ambushed by a figure in a blank mask. At knife point, Karl is forced to make an impossible choice. Stay and die, or walk away from Leah and take this thug’s word that they both will live.

Should Karl trust a villain and leave his daughter with a knife at her throat? Could he ever live with himself if he did?

It’s not long before more seemingly unconnected and innocent people across London are offered a deal in exchange for their life. More blood is spilled, more families shattered, and more people are left to suffer with the consequences of their decisions.

DI Alex Finn and DC Mattie Paulsen must hunt for a killer that appears to have no face, no motive and no conscience before more victims are forced to make their choice.

What have I finished reading?

A young man stands accused of murder. The evidence is overwhelming.

But at his trial, this man tells an extraordinary story.

It is about the woman he loves, who got into terrible trouble. It’s about how he risked everything to save her.

He swears he’s innocent. But in the end, all that matters is this: do you believe him?

This is the story of a murderer. A stolen child. Revenge. This is the story of Ted, who lives with his daughter Lauren and his cat Olivia in an ordinary house at the end of an ordinary street.

All these things are true. And yet some of them are lies.

You think you know what’s inside the last house on Needless Street. You think you’ve read this story before. But you’re wrong. In the dark forest at the end of Needless Street, something lies buried. But it’s not what you think…

What will I read next?

Nothing ever happened here . . . Until the first girl died.
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Ten years ago, Mo arrived at the white cliffs of Dover, befriended by teenagers Cali and Jude.

They thought they’d save each other, yet within months their friendship would see two of them dead and the third scarred for life.

Now documentary maker Tarek and his film crew are in town, asking difficult questions about what happened that summer.

Because in the shadow of the white cliffs it’s easy for people and their stories to get lost . . .

And as Tarek will discover, the truth is something that must be unburied carefully.

Or it might just it bury you . . .

Lie Beside Me: From the bestselling author of Richard and Judy bestseller She Lies in Wait (Jonah Sheens 3) by [Gytha Lodge]

Louise wakes up. Her head aches, her mouth is dry, her memory is fuzzy. But she suspects she’s done something bad.

She rolls over towards her husband, Niall.

But it’s not Niall who’s lying beside her. In fact, she’s never seen this man before.

And he’s dead . . .

As Louise desperately struggles to piece her memories back together, Detective Jonah Sheens and his team mark her as their prime suspect.

But she’s not the only one with something to hide . . .

Did she do it?

And, if not, can they catch the real killer before they strike again?