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My Husband’s Murder

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This new book by Katie Lowe, author of The Furies, has all the elements of an excellent thriller: an unreliable narrator, numerous suspects, a creepy abandoned institution filled with old secrets, a fast pace, and lots of superbly written conversations that twist and turn until you won't know who to suspect anymore! As I got more immersed in Hannah's narration and she began to confuse reality and memory, the hair on the back of my neck was definitely standing up! Highly recommended!

Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and Random Things Tours for the free e-book.
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This book was riveting, mind boggling, extremely well plotted, well paced and at times spine-tingling with its various physiological twists and turns. I loved it. You could say there is a sub-genre in crime fiction that now involves podcasts etc, but this turned it on its head by analysing how a person reacts to having their lives raked over by a podcast. It was a highly entertaining read which I read in a oner as it sunk it's hooks in me and didn't let go! 

Conviction is a podcast that looks into real crimes and whether justice was achieved or not. It's listened to by millions, so how would you react what you heard the news that it was looking into the murder of your husband. That's the situation Hannah finds herself in. Eleven years ago she awoke to find that her husband had been murdered and that she couldn't remember anything from that night. A man has been convicted of the crime so why are they looking into it? Has Hannah been lying about what happened that night and is her world about to be destroyed? 

As a fan of podcasts like this, firstly Serial and then moving on to others I am also fascinated by books which now involve them. Obviously, there are the fantastic Matt Wesolowski books and this is right up there with them. But it looks at the other side - how a person who is being looked into feels as it progresses and the effects it has on your life. You don't think about the trolls and attention it would bring. How things are manipulated to the host’s bias and their interpretation of the facts and feelings. 

I loved Hannah’s character and how there were many misdirections and psychological tricks played on the reader. Did she do it? Does this event run in her family? Do her daughter and new partner believe her? But despite all this, I felt there was a core of inner steel in her character as well as goodness. 

I also loved how feminist this book came across as - I feel it's a reflection of the author's stance in life when you look at her education and experience. She brings up topic which need highlighted - gaslighting, domestic abuse, #metoo etc. Please please remember that if you are in this situation that there is help there for be had. Also it's not your fault. Katie does such a good job about tackling these issues. 

Let me know if you read it!
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The Murder of Graham Catton is a book where you’ll not want to get up from your seat until you find out where it is going and what is happening. Hannah tells her story – her husband was murdered and although there was a lot of suspicion about her involvement, evidence was found which led to the conviction of Mike Phillips. Hannah has always maintained that she cannot remember anything about the night in question. She has put her energies into looking after her daughter and building her career and has, eventually, met a man who loves her and Evie. Things are going pretty well … until the podcast Conviction decides to take a look at the case again. Suddenly the public are engrossed in the murder and fingers are starting to point at Hannah again. She knows she is innocent but her lone voice is becoming lost in the baying of the mob.

The style of writing really appealed to me. It is written across six episodes and although they are from Hannah’s perspective, they link up with the Conviction Podcast. I love a good podcast to get stuck into and although I don’t listen to much in the way of true crime, I suspect I might be listening to this one were it real. The chapters are a mix of lengths but there are quite a few short ones which really increase the pace and maintain the tension. I thought on a few occasions I had worked out what was happening and was feeling quite smug, only to find that I was wrong…again! I liked that it kept me guessing and wrong footed me whilst maintaining an engaging storyline. The characters are a bit of a mix, some are very likeable, others took longer for me to warm to, if at all.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes crime or thriller style books. It is easy to get hooked in and definitely held my attention all the way through. Hannah’s profession added a different element to the story and I found it to be a satisfying read. I am almost certain I have Katie’s other book, The Furies, at home so I’ll be hunting it out and bumping it up the TBR pile! Roll on more annual leave!
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Wow this story was amazing! A domestic thriller, which tricks you into a false sense of thinking you know what happened and then springing a surprise twist towards the end, that completely catches you off guard! 

The author has written this fabulously. It’s told in a first person narrative, from the perspective of Hannah. Years ago, Hannah woke up to find her husband lying dead on the kitchen floor with a knife sticking out of him. Hannah had no memory of what happened, and we are then moved forward, to years later, where Hannah has a new life, with her daughter Evie and new partner Dan. A news blog series is recording a series with the murder of Hannah’s husband Graham Catton, as the main subject. The person convicted of killing him is being released and there’s questions surrounding the legitimacy of the evidence.

As the story progresses, you are taken through the confusion, and cruel torment Hannah is put through as the past is resurfaced and she is forced to face what happened, years before, finding herself under suspicion of others, and questioning her own sanity. All is not as it seems, and as the story unfolds, the truth slowly comes to light, with a HUGE surprise twist that connects all the dots together and perfectly brings the story to a fab ending! 

The character development of Hannah is fab. I could really feel her unravelling as I moved through the story. I began to really feel for her, especially the troubling relationships she faced in the past. I like the atmospheric haunting feeling the story gave me at times, particularly those moments where Hannah was hearing voices and seeing shadows move. The chapters flowed well, I was hooked, eager to find out more and I ended up finishing this within days. 

This fab domestic thriller is the perfect read for those looking for a book that progresses through twists, tension which unravels to a surprising twist! I completely recommend. 

** I received an advanced copy of this audiobook to listen to and review. Thank you NetGalley, the author and publishers for allowing me the opportunity **
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This story is told through the eyes of Hannah, our unreliable narrator. 10 years ago her husband was murdered in their bed. She has no memory of what happened that night. Someone was convicted of the crime, but now a crime podcast is looking at the facts and calling the conviction into question. Does Hannah have blood in her hands? 
This is a fantastic read with plenty of plot twists to keep you thinking.
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I'm a big sucker for a well-written thriller and an unreliable narrator, and this book really delivered. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the whole thing trying to figure out if Hannah's recollection of her traumatic past could be trusted or not. I suspected all the wrong characters and the final revelation really took me by surprise. I love a suspenseful read and this one was so full of twists, my neck hurt by the end of it!
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I was lucky enough to be given an advance review copy of ‘The Murder of Graham Catton’ by the publisher – and I am so glad I was, as it’s BRILLIANT (and out now #drowninginbooks). Here’s the blurb:

“Ten years ago, Hannah Catton’s husband was brutally murdered in their home.
The murderer was convicted. The case was closed.
But now a podcast called Conviction is investigating this horrific crime – and they have Hannah in their sights.
Someone knows more than they’re letting on, and listeners are about to become judge, jury and executioner as they undercover the truth about the murder of Graham Catton.”

The book follows two timelines – back in 2008 when Hannah’s husband Graham is murdered – and then in 2018 when a true crime podcast decides to investigate the crime, as the lad convicted for it has always protested his innocence. The book is very clever at showing the way now, in the age of social media, that something like a podcast can bring a ‘pile on’ to the people / victims / potential murderers that is a curse of our age. It’s frightening to see how that develops. It’s also disturbing (and I suspect true in real life) how many people are prepared to sell out a friend or family member for the sake of their 15 minutes of fame in a podcast.

During the book Hannah appears to be something of an unreliable narrator. She claims no memory of what happened a decade ago and is clearly ‘haunted’ by her dead husband. Hannah also works at a psychiatric facility for teenage girls with eating disorders – and her knowledge as a psychiatrist is evident in her own musings but also in her relationship with her family and friends – as she’s hyper aware of what they may be thinking of her and themselves. I do think that sometimes stops Hannah from opening up to people and admitting how she’s feeling as she doesn’t want to be judged. If she’d just talked to people it could have changed various outcomes.

The relationship between Hannah and her daughter Evie in both timelines is written really well. From the small innocent child when her father was murdered, to the slightly stroppy teenager when everything is brought up again 10 years later. I found this a really believable element of the book (being the mother of a teenage daughter – and with a pre teen called Evie!). I also loved the relationship between Hannah’s new partner Dan, and Evie – he was a great step Dad and clearly provided stability for Evie when her Mum was being a bit flaky.

Hawkwood House looms large – literally and figuratively – in the book. It’s an old psychiatric facility where Hannah’s Grandmother was incarcerated for murdering her husband and child. It has a magnetic hold over Hannah – and when she randomly bumps into an ex colleague who is hoping to refurbish it and start her own facility for women only, it really piques Hannah’s interest. The descriptions of the house and it’s decaying condition before the refurbishment starts is brilliantly described – and quite scary.

Throughout the book there are twists and turns, and you’re not sure who you should be suspicious of! I’d suspected loads of different people in both timelines and still didn’t get either right – which I think shows what a great book this is.

It is quite dark – and there are some pretty gruesome descriptions at times – but that just added to the content. It’s really well written and the characters really well constructed.

It’s pretty rare for me to give 5 stars on Net Galley – I have to be blown away to click on that 5th star – but this is a full house of stars from me. A really excellent crime / mystery / thriller read.
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I had to take a few days before I could write my review. I had so much to think about after reading this book. It was a fascinating story that had me grinding my teeth at times! 
Abuse, either mental or physical is such an important subject and something I think we need to talk about more. There are so many women out there who are in an abusive relationship and who are just too scared to leave. We don't always know how strong we are and that we can stand on our own two feet.
This is the story of Hannah whose husband was killed and she was finally free to go on with her life and bring up a daughter that she loved dearly. Then a podcast called Conviction starts looking into the case. Was the correct person jailed for his murder? Did Hannah have anything to do with it and why can't she remember what happened? And lastly......who is out to get her..... 

I thoroughly enjoyed this read although I had a few issues here and there with the storyline that was just a bit too unrealistic. All in all, it was still a brilliant book. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Collins for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion
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My thanks to HarperCollins U.K. for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘The Murder of Graham Catton’ by Katie Lowe in exchange for an honest review.

This is a psychological thriller with Gothic elements. I had enjoyed her debut novel, ‘The Furies’, very much and so was looking forward to this second novel, published in the USA as ‘Possession’.

As for the plot, just brief details to avoid spoilers. 
Ten years ago, Hannah Catton’s husband was brutally murdered in their home. It was judged to be a burglary gone wrong. There was an arrest and conviction and the case was closed. Hannah has tried to move on with her life along with their daughter, Evie. 

Yet now Anna Byers, the host of the true crime podcast Conviction, is focusing her new season on the Graham Catton case, questioning aspects of the police investigation. She appears to be focusing on Hannah as an alternative suspect. This trial by internet results in angry listeners targeting Hannah. Yet what is the truth about the murder of Graham Catton? 

Hannah is the narrator of the novel with episodes of the podcast placed where relevant.

I feel that this novel struggled a bit with its focus resulting in pacing issues. On one hand it is a gritty domestic noir/psychological thriller yet Hannah also appeared to be haunted by Graham’s ghost. Then there was Hawkwood House, a former psychiatric hospital, with links to Hannah’s past. There are suggestions of spooky goings on there. 

Although I am a huge fan of the Gothic and supernatural elements in fiction, I wasn’t quite convinced that these aspects worked here in conjunction with the murder mystery, social justice podcasts, internet trolls, and the issue of psychological domestic abuse. It just felt a bit muddled. However, its concluding revelations were very satisfying. However, its concluding revelations were very satisfying.

Overall, despite the unevenness, I found this a satisfactory read. I was pleased that the author focused on the subject of psychological abuse and that she also provided a list of resources for those who might have been affected by these issues.

3.5 stars rounded up to 4.
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This book is also marketed as 'Possession' in the US.
This is another mixed one for me.
The plot drew me in straight away. I was hooked. But then the pace slowed massively and dragged at at times. I know I have a high standard for what I call pow-pow-pow thrillers and this didn't deliver on this for me. 
The introduction of the true crime podcast Conviction was a great tool, but for me didn't have enough involvement. I am a huge fan of true crime podcasts and I loved the idea as a way of adding up the clues as the story progressed, but I found it didn't really all work together until the finale, and could have been executed a little better. 
The main character Hannah was mostly likeable, but the book definitely delivered on the intrigue and the 'is she an unreliable narrator' scenario.
I'm unsure if this book will be memorable for me, as I feel it could have had better execution, and was rather disappointing.
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Hannah's Husband was murdered 
But who did it and why
What will the true crime podcast bring to light 

I thought this was a very good read
Keeps you guessing until the end and even then you won't see the unexpected ending
With tension throughout and believable characters 
This will have you hooked

Recommend read

Thank you netgalley, Katie Lowe and Harper Collins UK
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This is slow to get going, but when it does it takes off at full pelt and turns everything you thought you knew about the eponymous Graham Catton and his murder upside down.  As more is revealed the more your sympathies shift, and no-one is safe from doubt in this book.  I loved it!
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The pacing in this book was slower than I enjoy, with a solid beginning and end but the middle was focused on the slow decline in the main character’s reliability and mental health. Personally I’m a fan of getting right to the point so it wasn’t my favourite take but I stuck with it because I had to know whodunnit!

Hannah is a manipulative person with a fast and loose relationship with the truth, especially with her loved ones, but does that make her a killer? She honestly can’t remember. 
As the most unreliable of narrators, you can only judge her based on the tiny nuggets of truth you can pick up from her. She has a hell of a temper, mood swings and isn’t particularly affectionate with her loved ones which makes her suspicious and hard to really like. 

The Conviction podcast is exploring the case of Graham Catton’s murder and trying to overturn the supposed wrongful conviction of a young man, the eyes of suspicion are cast upon Hannah and the outpouring of hate from complete strangers based only on what the media tells them is really interesting - people reach out to Hannah’s 16 year old daughter with pure venom, as if that was an acceptable thing to do. Total strangers write horrendous things about her online, wishing her dead. Is that even appropriate to do when you know for certain that someone’s a murderer? 

I think I would have enjoyed this book more if it had been more about the podcast than Hannah, with the POV of the journalist, Anna Byers, to mix things up a little bit. 

This book covers some darker themes, including domestic violence and gaslighting. I was really pleasantly surprised by the couple of pages at the end of the book with information about domestic abuse and support information, I really respect and appreciate the author for including this.
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Hannah Catton wakes to find her husband, Graham, dead in their bed and she has no memory of what happened.  A man is convicted of a ‘burglary gone wrong-murder’ and she is left to rebuild her life with her daughter, Evie.

Ten years later, Hannah has a job she loves and has found Dan, a man devoted to her and who loves Evie as if she was his own daughter. But a podcast series specialising in overturning miscarriages of justice is investigating Graham’s death and suddenly all eyes are on Hannah and even Hannah isn’t convinced that she’s innocent.

Wow, I loved this book and although there were some aspects of the story I was a bit unsure of, the ending was brilliantly handled. There’s something for everyone here as it’s part psychological thriller, part horror and part detection but the whole is thoroughly enjoyable.

There are so many female protagonist,  first person thrillers around now and you hear the same descriptions, “twisty” being a favourite. Here I think that it’s actually warranted.

There are lots of themes here that also lift it above average: domestic abuse, catfishing. trolling, the power of social media, etc.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK fiction for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Trigger Warnings: 
Gaslighting, Domestic Abuse, Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Violence, Blood, Mental Health Deterioration, PTSD, Drug Dependency (mentioned) Kidnapping, Death, Eating Disorders, Harassment/Bullying.  

The Review: 
I’m not being hyperbolic when I say that this is the Psychological Thriller I’ve been waiting for. I’ve read quite a few recently, which have felt inherently pedestrian, and I wondered if I’d gone off the genre as a whole; but Lowe’s writing is decadent in the way it teases at truths and lies. I often compare my reading experiences to rollercoasters (mainly because I enjoy the fast paced-ruthlessness nature of a rollercoaster read) however, Lowe is a master craftswoman at the slow-burn intrigue. What is the truth? Who murdered Graham Catton? 

You have no idea how badly I want to tell you. But, you know, spoilers. What I can tell you is I really appreciated the singular perspective of Hannah Catton, our protagonist and potential murderess. (Although, not going to lie, every time a character said, ‘Hannah…’ in that way that suggests you’ve said or done something wrong, it was enough to make me sit up, like, ‘What?’ you know. What with Hannah being my name… anyway, I digress). 
Hannah Catton is a psychiatrist, with a doctorate that everyone seems to forget. She’s intelligent, she’s sensitive, and she’s a pathological liar. She lies to Dan, her long time partner, about where she’s going and who she is seeing. She lies to her daughter, Evie, who is growing up to look more and more like Graham (her father, who she barely remembers) and her colleagues. 

Domestic Abuse is a sensitive subject, and needs to be handled with care, so what I appreciated RE: TMOGC was that Hannah is a strong, three dimensional character. She’s angry, sensible, considerate, compassionate, jealous; all the things which could make a killer. And whilst she is often mocked for her ‘doe-like’ expressions, she’s no waif. At no point to Lowe glamourise Hannah’s situation as a woman who ‘snapped’ (a phrase I loathe, btw). Each action has a transparent motivation which, whilst I might not agree with, does allow the audience to empathise. 

And as far as the murder mystery elements of this narrative, I’ll go so far as to say: the evidence was all there. Even if I didn’t see the ending coming. And I’ll cross my fingers that I’ve not given away too much! 
I loved this read. Much like the audience crammed around the Conviction Podcast, I sought time alone from the world to discover more of Graham Catton, the cruel double life he’d constructed for his family and his friends, and where Hannah Catton’s lies would lead her. It was thrilling (if you’ll excuse the pun) and totally vindicates my thoughts RE: The Furies, where I promised to get my hands on everything Katie Lowe ever produces. 

Loved, Loved, Loved it. Five stars. Wouldn’t change a hair on this novel’s head.
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Hannah cannot remember anything from the night her husband was murdered 10 years earlier, now a podcast called Conviction is bringing up everything surrounding the events of that night. She now finds herself in the spotlight.

I struggled with some of this story, it started off really well but then something got lost a bit as things progress. Hannah starts to unravel as more and more episodes of Conviction are heard. 

Hannah is the narrator and very unreliable, at times she doesn’t know how to put one foot in front of the other, she has a loving partner in Dan. 

Mike the man who had been charged with Graham’s murder has been released from prison after he was wrongly framed and convicted. As eyes are on Hannah she starts to believe she killed Graham herself, she knew she wanted to kill him, she wanted him dead, she had a knife in her hand, even her daughter and partner start looking at her suspiciously.

I had been really looking forward to reading this but it just didn’t completely do it for me, the premise was there, but it just kept jumping all over the place, the police were useless, when they weren’t crooked. Not just on one timeline bit on both timelines. One certain person was clever with what they were able to do with blood, weapons, clothes as well as banking information that isn’t theirs. Despite being a psychiatrist herself Hannah appears to be mentally ill herself., when it turns out she has a grandmother that may have killed her whole family, as well as two missing or dead patients on her resume, to top it off a number or enemies as well as friends which seem more like enemies than friends.

Some books you read through and gradually things pick up and come together and you find you have enjoyed it, this one I just continued to read because I needed to know the ending, it was a book I was glad to finish. A little disappointed.

Thank you to #netgalley and #HarperCollins for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.
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A decade ago, Hannah Catton woke up to the sound of her husband’s blood dripping on the floor. She has a bump on her head and doesn’t remember what happened last night but she does know one thing - she isn’t sorry he is dead.  Police convict someone of Graham Catton’s murder and Hannah tries to move on with her life. 

Ten years later, she is settled with her daughter and partner. But not for long because “Conviction” - a podcast infamous for overturning past murder charges - is featuring Graham’s murder and Hannah’s past is about to come back to haunt her.

I really enjoyed this book. The author’s writing style means you immediately engage with the plot and you feel every part of Hannah’s tension and despair as she tries to keep her life together.
I also enjoyed the structure of the story with the past and present timelines, each enhancing and illuminating the storyline. 
I guessed quite a bit of what was going on but that didn’t spoilt my enjoyment of the book at all, in fact it make me enjoy the book more and I couldn’t read quick enough to get to the conclusion to see if I was correct.  

I would recommend it to fans of psychological thrillers and suspense. It’s a gripping, creepy and chilling read that you will struggle to put down.

Thank you to the author, publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to review an advanced copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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I must admit I found it hard going at first but persevered as it got better.
Hannah Catton finds her husband dead ten years ago, brutally murdered and she cannot remember a thing about what happened. Despite the police not believing her, a man is arrested and prisoned for the murder.
Years later, she is thrown into a turmoil when a true crime podcast takes on Graham's story. She is worried as the podcast in a previous storyline, found the guilty person innocent. She has not told her new boyfriend Dan the full story. Lots of twists and turns as you wonder if Hannah is guilty or innocent. Lots of issues covered too. A good read.
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This is a difficult  one, I could not get beyond half-way with it.  I found the narrator to be hard to care about and the feeling did not get any better as I read on.  I really dislike it when the story is about being dishonest with your partner, I feel it makes for such a bad situation and she was hiding so much.
Reading other reviews, it seems I am in the minority with my dislike for it, but that is my honest opinion.
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Everyone says Graham Catton was the perfect husband, professor and father. His wife, Hannah Catton, tells the police she remembers nothing from the night of the murder. Journalist Anna Byers has overturned numerous prison sentences with her popular podcast CONVICTION and she believes the wrong man is behind bars.

Review: 
Oh this was so good! It was told in three time periods - 2005, 2008, and 2018. 
In present day, Hannah is having to relive the trauma of losing her husband when a well-known podcaster chooses Graham Catton's murder to be their topic for the next series. 
I love a podcast in a book and really enjoyed seeing this element played out in a different way to other books which have used this device. I loved seeing the effects of unwanted fame and attention on Hannah as each episode was released, whilst also trying to keep her head above water. 

This was so well executed, and had me hooked from the first line! 

Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Collins UK for gifting me an e-ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
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