Killing Daniel

Killing Daniel A murder mystery and an unconventional love story Killing Daniel will grip fans of literary fiction and fast paced thrillers In Manchester Fleur is drifting through life haunted by her murdered boyfr

  • Title: Killing Daniel
  • Author: Sarah Dobbs
  • ISBN: 9780956422385
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Paperback
  • A murder mystery and an unconventional love story, Killing Daniel will grip fans of literary fiction and fast paced thrillers.In Manchester Fleur is drifting through life haunted by her murdered boyfriend Daniel In Japan Chinatsu is trying to escape a passionless marriage to Yugi Hamogoshi, a man with a secret who won t let her go Fleur and Chinatsu used to be schoolfrieA murder mystery and an unconventional love story, Killing Daniel will grip fans of literary fiction and fast paced thrillers.In Manchester Fleur is drifting through life haunted by her murdered boyfriend Daniel In Japan Chinatsu is trying to escape a passionless marriage to Yugi Hamogoshi, a man with a secret who won t let her go Fleur and Chinatsu used to be schoolfriends Fleur and Chinatsu had a bond Fleur and Chinatsu had dreams This is the story of what happens before they can be together again A cross cultural thriller like no other, Sarah Dobbs KILLING DANIEL exposes the secret lives of contrasting people with unflinching insight and lyrical prose A very dark and frightening novel, told in short chapters and brief sentences, that pass like the shivers of bad dreams MAX DUNBAR 3 AM MAGAZINEOne of the books of the year at Lancashire Writing Hub

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    1. Sarah Dobbs

      Sarah Dobbs has a PhD in Creative Writing Her novel Killing Daniel was published by Unthank Books in November 2012 Previous work has been broadcast on the BBC, read at Bolton Octagon and published by SWAMP, NAWE and Flax She is co authoring a text book for Anthem Press and is also co founder of Creative Writing the Artists s Way Her short story Hachiko was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.Praise for Killing Daniel Shock and Circumstance by Max Dunbar 3AM MagazineThis is a very dark and frightening novel, told in short chapters and brief sentences, that pass like the shivers of bad dreams.Crime Fiction Lover Marina SofiaThis book starts off with a bang one of the most gripping opening chapters I ve read in a while It captures perfectly that sense of nightmare ish unease and fear which the two main protagonists experience throughout the book Dark, overcast, the sensation of drowning permeates the whole book, not just the first chapter.A gritty, unusual thriller that will appeal to fans of both literary fiction and Japanese noir I hope that Sarah Dobbs will continue to write in this vein.Doctors of Fiction Book Oxygen by Dr Cath NicholsThere is literary depth in the novel s portrayals of Fleur, the heroine in Britain, and Chinatsu in Japan Both women have unusual relationships with men and their sex lives are an important part of the narrative prostitution and sado masochism enter the mix.A gripping read that has real emotional depth.Lancashire Writing Hub John RutterSomewhere between the contrasting cultures there is another space, that uncertain place where hopes and dreams and the real world meet, a place where a memory might be imagined or idealised If you enjoy complex and interesting literary fiction that asks questions about the human condition or if you just want to read a cracking thriller, then read Killing Daniel A Lover of BooksThis is a superbly written book It is fast paced and very gripping Within the first few pages I was hooked and when I wasn t reading it I found myself thinking about the characters and the storyline I couldn t wait to find out what happened next Our Book ReviewsDobbs creates complex characters in whom the reader can believe and whose pain the reader shares a thought provoking debut novel.An absorbing literary thriller Killing Daniel is a beautifully written, exciting book The story takes place in parallel worlds Tokyo and Manchester and Dobbs handles the shifts in time and geography with skill and precision Her prose is beautiful and pacey I stayed up past midnight to read the final chapters and, as the book hurtled toward its dramatic close, Novel StuffPerhaps the most rewarding aspect of Killing Daniel is Dobbs engagement with her themes communication, memory, and femininity This novel appears to have been written for a PhD in creative writing, so one might expect a cerebral aspect to the book, but Dobbs pulls it off with aplomb, and never at the expense of readability.Clover Hill Book ReviewsKilling Daniel unflinchingly tackles gritty issues such as domestic violence, child abuse, morality and murder, as well as life choices, relationships and friendships.Praise or Hachiko in Unthology 3Bookmunch by Fran SlaterSarah Dobbs s Hachiko occurs in a Japan recovering from the recent tsunami The protagonist is a young man whose girlfriend was working in the Fukushima Nuclear Plant that was at the centre of the natural disaster, and the story unfolds as he considers a recent adulterous tryst whilst he waits to hear news of her safety This story plays with ideas of guilt and grief, and highlights the way feelings for a person can alter when it seems they have suddenly been taken away.I ll be surprised if I read a better anthology all year.Rum and ReviewsSarah Dobbs and Mischa Hiller offer two compact tales, Hachiko and

    925 thoughts on “Killing Daniel”

    1. First off - This is a superbly written book. And not the sort of one I normally would read but I'm trying to read other genres unlike my preferred to increase my skills as a writer - especially strong female characters.It is fast paced and gripping and within the first few pages I was hooked.I almost consider this to be a book called 'Opposing Lives' or 'Opposing Forces' due to the 'looming' reunion aspect and living in two very different countries and what keeps them apart/shifting of timelines [...]


    2. I found this an impressive and courageous first novel; courageous both in theme and treatment.Its theme is evil, metaphysical and real, and the way it ramifies through time and lives, distorting the gravitational field of everyone affected.It opens with what appears to be the primal scene of evil: the deliberate drowning in an urban pond of Daniel, a young man whose life has touched Fleur, one of the two women whose lives interconnect. Touched so deeply that the scene is in fact her re-imagining [...]


    3. A superbly written novel which I really enjoyed. The description of both East and West were vivid and fascinating.The two very strong female characters are well-drawn and stay with you after the book is finished. I expect this author to make a great success of her chosen path.


    4. I will start by saying how surprised I was with where this book came from. It’s an ex-library book from my home town in northern England. I received it from a US Bookcrosser! How crazy is that.Now the book, what a strong debut novel this is.The story is splits you between Manchester UK with Fleur and Tokyo Japan with Chinatsu, 2 girls who meet as children and spend their adult lives wondering after the other after losing touch.Both women are in abusive relationships and at times the story delv [...]


    5. The form (but not the quality) of ‘Killing Daniel’ is what I would describe as a “train crash”. The story starts with two disparate characters, living in the same time, but separated by gulfs of distance and society. These characters are an English woman called Fleur and a Japanese woman called Chinatsu. Having met in adolescence, they think about one another and look forward to a nebulous idea of reunion. The plot advances in opposing directions, one starting in Salford and the other in [...]


    6. Killing Daniel is the debut novel of the lovely Sarah Dobbs and is available from . The book is a haunting tale of two old school friends Fleur and Chinatsu, who despite being at opposite sides of the world find their lives entwined in ways that even they never imagined possible. Both women have found themselves suffering at the hands of a violent partner and both women find the courage to break free. However, this isn’t without heartache.The story dances between Salford and Japan and follows [...]


    7. I was sent this lovely book to review by Unthank Books. 'Killing Daniel' is a psychological thriller based mainly in Manchester and Tokyo. It explores two very different cultures and women.Manchester – As a child, Daniel went to the same school as Fleur where he developed a crush on her. Then he was diagnosed as deaf. When Chinatsu, a Japanese girl starts at the school she and Fleur strike up a friendship and they develop a very strong bond. Years later, Fleur finds herself stuck in an abusive [...]


    8. Killing Daniel resonates with reality, pulling at dark heart-strings and reminding the reader that we carry with us echoes of feelings and fantasies from our early development, which can sometimes surface with dreadful and painful consequence in later life.The style is lyrical, deeply engaging and sometimes shocking - that is, causing sudden reflection and the need to go back immediately to re-read the words to check, "did it really say that, did it mean that.?"I found the coarseness and almost [...]


    9. I've seen this book described as a crime novel, and a thriller - I'm not sure I'd call it either. Instead, it seems to me simply about how messed up people become when the person they are, by nature, and the person they are forced to become, by circumstance, are wildly divergent but I guess that is not an easy genre pigeonhole.This is also a book about dichotomies: east (Tokyo) and west (grim Northern towns); men and women; the past and present; lust and love; love and sex and sex, and sex. Most [...]



    10. Killing Daniel is a well written evenly paced saga that is at times both disturbing and touching and delightful all the while. Sarah Dobbs shines when she explores the moral dilemmas of her two protagonists. It makes the reader pity them while being completely perplexed by the complexity of the life-situations that they find themselves in.Her two protagonists are extremely relatable despite the many flaws and errors of judgements that is tearing their lives apart. Perhaps it is these very flaws [...]


    11. There are two words that spring to mind with this novel - brave and beautiful. Brave because of how Dobbs handles and describes both sex and sexuality, in particular female sexuality, within the book; beautiful because of the language, which is poetic, inventive and fresh: sweat on a character's head, for example, is not just beaded; it is a page of Braille. Dobbs has a forensic eye and is able to make us stop in our tracks to visualise what she is describing. And this has the effect of slowing [...]


    12. Killing Daniel is a beautifully written, exciting book. The story takes place in parallel worlds - Tokyo and Manchester - and Dobbs handles the shifts in time and geography with skill and precision. Her prose is beautiful and pacey. I stayed up past midnight to read the final chapters and, as the book hurtled toward its dramatic close, I was pleased to encounter an ending that was both terrifying and hopeful.


    13. A marvellous book. Worth reading for the writing alone and the ideas it conjures (as with all Sarah’s work), but there is also a gripping story to savour. Heartbreaking, courageous and haunting, it stands on my ‘favourites’ shelf.






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