I’m delighted to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for addictive psychological thriller All I Said Was True by Imran Mahmood. Thank you to Tracy Fenton and Raven Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this fantastic book.
About the book:
When Amy Blahn was murdered on a London office rooftop, Layla Mahoney was there. She held Amy as she died. But all she can say when police arrest her is that ‘It was Michael. Find Michael and you’ll find out everything you need to know.’
The problem is, the police can’t find Michael – there is no evidence that he exists. And time is running out before they have to either charge Layla with Amy’s murder, or let her go.
As a lawyer, Layla knows that she has only forty-eight hours to convince police to investigate the man she knows only as ‘Michael’ instead of her. But the more she attempts to control her interviews with police, the more the truth leaks out – and how much of that truth can Layla risk being exposed?
About the author:
Imran Mahmood is a practising barrister with thirty years’ experience fighting cases in courtrooms across the country. His debut novel You Don’t Know Me was chosen by Simon Mayo as a BBC Radio 2 Book Club Choice for 2017 and longlisted for Theakston Crime Novel of the Year and for the CWA Gold Dagger, and was made into a hugely successful BBC1 adaptation in association with Netflix.
His second novel I Know What I Saw was released in June 2021, was chosen as a Sunday Times crime novel of the month and reached no. 2 on the Audible charts.
He has been commissioned to write three screenplays and is working on his next novel.
When not in court or writing novels or screenplays he can sometimes be found on the Red Hot Chilli Writers’ podcast as one of the regular contributors.
He hails from Liverpool but now lives in London with his wife and daughters.
All I Said Was True by Imran Mahmood is yet another complex and cleverly constructed psychological thriller that had me captivated from beginning to end. It is a thriller that reveals itself slowly, with the reader never really knowing what is true, until one by one the pieces of the puzzle suddenly and shockingly click into place.
As with Imran Mahmood’s previous novels, All I Said Was True is very much a character driven tale. It tells the story of Layla Mahoney, a lawyer who finds herself arrested for murder after being found cradling the body of Amy Blahn on the rooftop of her husband’s office building
Told from Layla’s point of view, the story moves between Then and Now, as the events leading up to the murder are slowly revealed. But as more and more details are uncovered, can Layla convince the police that her story is true? Or is she going to be found guilty of the murder of Amy Blahn?
All I Said Was True is a story that will keep you guessing throughout. With an unreliable narrator and the enigma that is the mysterious Michael, this is a suspense filled book that keeps its cards close to its chest, the twists and turns keeping you on your toes as you race through the pages, desperate to see where the story will end.
Imran Mahmood is a master of intrigue and suspense, his writing superb as the pieces of the puzzle slowly slip into place, leading to a denouement that’s as satisfying as it is thrilling.
A cleverly plotted and unpredictable psychological thriller, All I Said Was True is a book I would highly recommend.
Definitely one not to be missed!
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