SECOND OPINION: The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

Review published on November 3, 2017.

I always look forward to a new release by Anthony Horowitz; I grew up reading his Alex Rider books and hugely enjoy his ‘adult’ novels (for want of a better term), including the entertaining Magpie Murders. The Word is Murder is, to me, an even better read! It’s a really interesting and unique novel as it’s narrated by Horowitz himself, describing a job he takes on where he’s writing about an ex-detective called Hawthorne as he tries to solve a murder – all of which takes an even stranger turn…

I really liked this different way of telling the story, and think it adds something a little different to this novel. There’s humorous parts which made me laugh to myself and, though the novel has some dark themes (of course, it is about murder!), it’s never too heavy, always retaining the slight sense of light-heartedness which Anthony Horowitz does so well in many of his books.

The characters are sometimes rather unlikable – such as Hawthorne himself, who is a bit of an enigma and doesn’t hold the best views and preconceptions about people – but they’re very fun to read about, and the plot reveals plenty of red herrings and twists which kept me guessing throughout. An ‘old-fashioned-but-still-modern’ detective novel. Loved it!

Laura Nazmdeh, 5/5

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
Century 9781780896847 hbk Aug 2017


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