The Camera Lies by Ali Morgan
THE CAMERA LIES
A B MORGAN
Konrad Neale is a television presenter. His waning career has been given a new lease of life since he took on a series of hard-hitting documentaries that investigate miscarriages of justice.
Matthew Hawley has been convicted of the brutal murder of his wealthy attractive wife Helena. However, he has no memory of the events and insists he is not responsible for willingly killing her.
When Konrad interviews Matthew in prison, he explores the details of the murder and the possible motives behind it. But all is not as it seems.
Did Matthew murder his wife?
Soon the search is on to identify who else might be involved in the murder of Helena and Konrad is about to learn that sometimes the camera lies.
*My thanks to Ali Morgan and Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound Books
for letting me be part of this blogblitz and for an advance copy of the novel*
Well, let me tell you, this is not for the faint hearted! Or the squeamish. Or the prudish!
This is a gritty read; full of action, energy and unpleasant characters. It wasn't at all what I was expecting but I was quickly caught up in the plot which moved at a great pace, full of tension, complications and shocking revelations.
Morgan writes vividly and the action bounces off the pages. The reader is caught up in a complex tale with some graphic and erotic scenes which, although completely necessary to the plot and the characters, are still quite shocking at times! Morgan writing is fluent, full of pace and with a plot line that intricately links the two characters in a way that has the reader constantly guessing as the events unravel in front of their eyes.
I really liked the concept of a TV presenter interviewing someone convicted of a crime as it is a bit of a change from finding yourself in a police interview room listening to a suspect confess, or not, to a crime. It also gives Morgan an opportunity to play around with the interaction between the characters as the dialogue, and behaviour, between them is not restricted by the conventions of a police interrogation - and this is a novel that doesn't like to be restricted by convention or expectation! I liked the dynamic between the two men and the question of motivation and trust which is more blurred than when the protagonist is a detective. I liked that I thought I knew what kind of story I was going to be reading, but within a few chapters my suspicions and expectations were challenged and the story took a rather more dark and sinister route.
I think what really impressed me was Morgan's ability to write from a male point of view and to have created these characters who are so authentic and believable. They are both flawed and and not always gaining much empathy from the reader but they are always fascinating. I was impressed how well Morgan portrayed Konrad. He's an ambitious creation but Morgan has crafted him well and he's a memorable protagonist.
There is quite a wide range of characters who appear throughout the story but they all feel three dimensional and most importantly, they all feel appropriately threatening and unreliable.
Ultimately though, I think the best thing about this novel was it's fierce energy, pace, drama and complexity. It's the kind of book you realise you're reading with your mouth half open because you are constantly in a state of tension, suspense, shock and disbelief. Morgan's skill is in her execution of a surprisingly intricate plot that winds in and out of itself in a way that the reader could never second guess.
I was totally impressed with this stand alone thriller. It was very different from any other crime book I've read recently and knowing what I do now about the behaviour and personalities of the main characters, I might have been a little wary but actually, it's a total page turner. It will leave you quite breathless.
I'm very much looking forward to seeing what Morgan might write next!