The Messenger (Hardback)Megan Davis (author)
Rosamund Lupton meets Lupinin this accomplished debut from an eclectic, cut-throat new voice in thriller writing.
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'A sleek, sinister debut'WOMAN'S OWN
'A strong, twisting, literary journey of revelation and redemption. Five stars' JANICE HALLETT
'An intelligent, gripping and stylish literary thriller - I couldn't put it down. Megan Davis is a major new talent' SOPHIE HANNAH
'A sharply written, clever and classy thrill-ride through the streets of Paris' CHRIS WHITAKER
A crime he didn't commit. A truth he must deliver.
Wealthy and privileged, Alex has an easy path to success in the Parisian elite his father mingles with. But the two have never seen eye to eye. Desperate to escape the increasingly suffocating atmosphere of their apartment, Alex seeks freedom on the streets of Paris where his new-found friend Sami teaches him how to survive. But everything has a price - and one night of rebellion changes their lives forever.
A simple plan to steal money takes a sinister turn when Alex's father is found dead. Despite protesting their innocence, both boys are imprisoned for murder. Seven years later Alex is released from prison with a single purpose: to discover who really killed his father. Yet as he searches for answers and atones for the sins of his past, Alex uncovers a disturbing truth with far-reaching consequences.
Playing out against a backdrop of corruption, fake news and civil unrest, The Messenger exposes the gritty reality of a changing city through one son's journey to redemption and the truth.
'Megan Davis's electric, suspenseful and stunning evocation of contemporary Paris is unforgettable' ELIZABETH MACNEAL
'A well-written, intriguing novel with an excellent sense of place' KAMILA SHAMSIE
'Compelling ... A deft blend of murder mystery, political intrigue and family secrets' DOMINIC NOLAN
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 685 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 39 mm
A sleek, sinister debut - Woman's Own
A conspiracy thriller with strong Catcher In The Rye vibes, The Messenger is so evocatively written it transported me to Paris and tore up my return ticket. A strong, twisting, literary journey of revelation and redemption. Five stars - Janice Hallett
An intelligent, gripping and stylish literary thriller - I couldn't put it down. Megan Davis is a major new talent - Sophie Hannah
A sharply written, clever and classy thrill-ride through the streets of Paris. Atmospheric and twisting, The Messenger is a wonderful debut - Chris Whitaker
A well-written, intriguing novel with an excellent sense of place - Kamila Shamsie
Megan Davis's electric, suspenseful and stunning evocation of contemporary Paris is unforgettable - Elizabeth Macneal
An elegantly written, compelling thriller, baked into a rich Paris of riots, sex and excitement. A deft blend of murder mystery, political intrigue and family secrets - Dominic Nolan, author of Vine Street
An unusual and engaging mixture of a conspiracy story concerning both the cold war and modern gangster capitalism, along with a coming-of-age tale of revenge and redemption - Morning Star
Few, if any, English-writing authors have caught the essence of modern Paris with such accuracy and powers of evocation; add a compelling plot with social, personal and political issues to the fore and you have a splendid thriller debut to die for - Maxim Jakubowski
Davis adroitly balances the two sides of both Paris and her plot with assurance ... A true original - Crime Time
Intense, engaging and genuinely empathetic - a remarkably accomplished debut - Crime Fiction Lover
The writing is high quality, with each word carefully chosen for maximum impact ... The character development provides an exceptional mental image for readers ...The Messenger packages intrigue and danger into a literary thriller showcasing a young man's search for truth amid a backdrop of contemporary Paris - BookTrib
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An elegant thriller that gets under the skin of the other side of Paris. Intrigue runs deep as Davis keeps you hooked to the very last page.
This is a wonderfully and at times thought provoking read, the kind of book which you just fall into and immerse yourself in what is to follow.
A strong narrative, combined with protagonists that speak to you
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