The Twyford Code (Hardback)
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The Twyford Code (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages
Published: 13/01/2022

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Waterstones Says

With immense ambition and even greater skill, the author of the bestselling phenomenon The Appeal weaves another completely unique and addictive mystery, revolving around a secret code found in a famous children’s author’s work by an English teacher who subsequently disappears, and her former pupil who years later decides to discover what happened to her.

It's time to solve the murder of the century...

Forty years ago, Steven Smith found a copy of a famous children's book, its margins full of strange markings and annotations. He took it to his remedial English teacher, Miss Isles, who became convinced it was the key to solving a puzzle. That a message in secret code ran through all Edith Twyford's novels. Then Miss Isles disappeared on a class field trip, and Steven's memory won't allow him to remember what happened.

Now, out of prison after a long stretch, Steven decides to investigate the mystery that has haunted him for decades. Was Miss Isles murdered? Was she deluded? Or was she right about the code? And is it still in use today? Desperate to recover his memories and find out what really happened to Miss Isles, Steven revisits the people and places of his childhood. But it soon becomes clear that Edith Twyford wasn't just a writer of forgotten children's stories. The Twyford Code has great power, and he isn't the only one trying to solve it...

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788165310
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 596 g
Dimensions: 238 x 160 x 36 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

Even better [than The Appeal]... This fiendishly clever book manages to be both tricksy and surprisingly moving - Guardian

A "cancelled" book is at the heart of Hallett's much-acclaimed, complex novel. Elegant, puzzling metafictional writing that pleasurably tasks readers with extricating the truth - Financial Times

Hallett has aced it... Every page is a joy, with laugh-out-loud moments even as the plot becomes more outlandish, and the startling final reveal crowns Hallett as the queen of unreliable narrators - Sunday Times

A tour de force - a genuinely complex puzzle with real clues to be solved... A mind-bending, heartwarming mystery that is not to be missed - Observer

A big-hearted, ingeniously constructed mystery ... a book that will engage your emotions as much as your wits - Sunday Express

A thoroughly unusual thriller - Daily Mail

A brilliantly clever, deceptive mystery with a unique twist - Heat

The Twyford Code turned my brain inside out. It totally foxed me. So clever and totally brilliant - Lisa Hall, author of THE PARTY

Enid Blyton meets Agatha Christie with a cracking twist. Witty and wonderful - Marion Todd, author of LIES TO TELL

A wonderful book, clever and surprisingly compassionate, constantly wrong-footing the reader on its way to an ingenious and wholly satisfying final reveal - Brian McGilloway

Fiendishly clever... Golden Age Christie-esque puzzle meets The Usual Suspects. Outstanding. Unlike anything you'll ever read - Imran Mahmood, author of I KNOW WHAT I SAW

I thoroughly enjoyed it. It really pulls you in, and makes for addictive reading - Faith Martin, author of A FATAL TRUTH

If you love a puzzle, you'll enjoy this novel packed full of mystery and intrigue. Perfect for Richard Osman and SJ Bennett fans - Yours

An elegant puzzle of a book, which entombs an exquisite little heart - Matt Wesolowski, author of SIX STORIES

A multi-layered, multi-voiced mystery unlike anything I've read before. It's packed with tricky clues, red herrings and cunning acrostics, but ultimately it packs an emotional punch you don't see coming - Kate Griffin, author of KITTY PECK AND THE MUSIC HALL MURDERS

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“A real page-turner…”

The Appeal was the crime novel sensation of 2021, its unique style of writing forcing us to engage our brains as well as our eyes when reading it.

The Twyford Code is even more complex than The Appeal. Be prepared to... More

Hardback edition
1 similar book recommended
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“Full of surprises”

Innovative story telling mixing new technology with a protagonist with limited literacy to keep the reader engaged and intrigued. Throw unreliable respondents and memory loss into the mix and you have a thoroughly... More

Hardback edition
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“Must Read”

Inevitably, this book will be compared to Janice Hallett's previous novel, The Appeal. For those of you who haven't read it, why the hell not? Why are you reading this review? Stop now, go read The Appeal... More

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