The Murder of Graham Catton
by Katie Lowe
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Pub Date 10 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 1 Apr 2022
HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction, HarperCollins
Everyone says Graham Catton was the perfect husband, professor and father.
Why would someone murder him?
His wife, Hannah Catton, tells the police she remembers nothing from the night of the murder.
Why would she lie to them?
Evidence against the accused, Mike Philips, is minimal and he protests his innocence throughout the trial.
Why would they convict him?
Journalist Anna Byers has overturned numerous prison sentences with her popular podcast CONVICTION and she believes the wrong man is behind bars.
What will she do to help him?
Someone knows more about the murder than they’re telling. It may have been Hannah’s husband who was killed, but listeners are about to become judge, jury and executioner on this season of CONVICTION.
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The year hasn't even begun, but I can confidently say that this will be one of my top books of 2021. Partially because it's *incredible*, partially because it kind of broke my brain a little bit (OK, a lot).
Hannah Catton insists that she doesn't remember anything from the night her husband, Graham, was murdered. Everyone thought he was the perfect husband, the perfect father - and that Hannah was actually behind the crime. But then evidence turns up against Mike Phillips and, while its minimal, he's convicted of Graham's murder. Ten years later, journalist Anna Byers is planning to look into the case. She has overturned numerous prison sentences with her popular podcast, Conviction, and reckons the wrong man is behind bars for Graham's murder.
I loved the way that this book played out. Every single page had a new twist or turn, so much so that it was impossible to tell where the story was going to go next. Especially considering Hannah wasn't the most reliable of main characters - and it always kind of felt like you were just waiting for the other shoe to drop, as it were, and for the truth to finally be revealed.
First of all, WOW. The Murder of Graham Catton was a rollercoaster from start to finish. Compelling, page-turning and fantastically dark, this is a story of revenge, madness and murder. Being an avid true crime fan, I loved the unusual element of the Conviction podcast driving the story forward, with events unfolding as each new episode dropped, forcing Hannah to relive the past. Lowe has really come into her own with this second novel, this is one of my favourite books of the year and deserves to be read by everybody. Massive thanks to HarperFiction and NetGalley for the ARC!
Claustrophobic Gothic and Tense.
A brilliantly constructed book. Adored the clever way the tension escalated throughout until you felt as trapped and frightened as Hannah.
The narrative was told through two timelines and interspersed with a true crime podcast which made it feel so real and heightened the sense of peril.
So twisty that I just didnt know who to believe or trust.
This book is unbearably tense and stressful and clever and sooo brilliant. A mega thrill-ride of psychological suspense.
I ad0red Katie's last book, The Furies. Everything about it was pure gothic perfection! So I had high hopes for this one and I dont' feel let down. Really topical, relevant and shocking, this is total binge read material.
I'd nearly finished The Murder of Graham Catton, and was wondering what else the author had written, before I realised I'd actually already read her previous book, The Furies. I liked that one, but I liked this one even more. Actually, it was great.
The title does seem to vary - sometimes it's called Possession (the US title?), and my advance copy was labelled, confusingly, as Conviction. The Murder of Graham Catton is a perfectly good title, however, since that's what it's about.
Hannah's husband - Graham Catton, not surprisingly - was murdered years earlier, and a man quickly convicted and imprisoned for the crime. Now, though, hugely popular true-crime podcast Conviction is re-examining the case. They believe Mike Philips is innocent and someone else guilty - and they have Hannah firmly in their sights.
Hannah doesn't remember a thing about that night, but with Mike in prison, the evidence against him apparently unassailable, she's been able to get on with her life - her job as a psychiatrist in an eating disorders unit, her home life with partner Dan and teenage daughter Evie, her long-time friendship with colleague Sarah.
But it's all about to come crashing down.
This story really got to me. I felt Hannah's frustrated helplessness as the trap closed around her - and the public vilification intensified - even as I remained unsure of what she had or hadn't done. Yes, it was pretty tense, and distressing to read at times. Katie Lowe clearly excels at building tension both external and internal, as Hannah's mind begins to fracture under the almost unbearable strain and people she trusted seem to turn against her. Meanwhile, there's her fascination with the ruined Hawkwood House, once a psychiatric hospital, and her growing sense of the presence of the deceased Graham. It builds to an inexorable denouement and an - ultimately - satisfying ending.
I loved this book!!
The Murder of Graham Catton follows Hannah Catton as the murder of her late husband is dug up on a crime podcast.
This book has a gothic feel throughout, it's dark and menacing and twisty. Perfect. And that ending!!!!
With thanks to Netgalley and HarperCollins for the chance to read and review.
This is a powerful and scary book. Coercive control and gaslighting dominate the story of poor, desperate, Hannah.
At the start of the story, Hannah's husband Graham is murdered. Hannah is able to start a new life, but not without a cloud of suspicion hanging over her.
It soon becomes clear that Hannah lives with permanent self-doubt. Flashbacks show how much Graham and other men controlled her. It is as if she had a sign on her head: abuse me.
Two elements arrive to disturb Hannah's life. One is an old colleague, Darcy, who is now what she seems. Another is Conviction: a true crime podcast that is very zeitgeisty. The podcast sets out to prove that the man convicted of Graham's murder is innocent.
Suddenly, old faces come out of the darkness. Her relationships deteriorate, and Hannah thinks she is losing her mind. Did she really kill her husband? The only way to find out is to read The Murder of Graham Catton. You'll be glad to did.
Didn’t realize I had already read this book under a different title. POSSESSION. So here’s my review for it!
A bit dark, a lot disturbing and graphic, if like me this is something you love in books, grab now; if not walk away! Well written, chilling, thrilling, shocking, and gruesome as heck! Very well developed in character and plot! Read two books with similar underlying themes, but was able to enjoy both greatly, because they were so unique! I love how authors are taking plots that’s been done many times, and creating their own unique spin, making it fun and original to read! If you too enjoy this, I highly recommend this book, as by starting you’ll see it’s not a completely uncommon plot, but I promise the author surely makes it stand out! Lots of graphic scenes, so if not your thing, again I’m warning choose another, if it is, it’s a must read! Clear your schedule, it’s hard to put down!
Will make sure to buzz it around platforms and use low Amazon reviewer number on release date!
Darkest read of 2021.
Graham Catton was the perfect husband, professor and father. Why would someone murder him? His wife, Hannah Catton, tells the police she remembers nothing from the night of the murder. Why would she lie to them? Evidence against the accused, Mike Philips, is minimal and he protests his innocence throughout the trial.Why would they convict him?Journalist Anna Byers has overturned numerous prison sentences with her popular podcast CONVICTION and she believes the wrong man is behind bars.What will she do to help him?Someone knows more about the murder than they’re telling.
Who? Find out in the book.
I loved it and finished it in two days. It was really a dark read.
Thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK Harper Fiction for giving me an advanced copy of this book.