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Severed Straight off I knew it was going to be a bad day The room was stifling hot; and when I did finally manage to drag open my eyes all I could see was blood I thought I'd stepped into the middle of a nightmare But I was wrong The nightmare was only just beginning Ex soldier Sean Tyler wakes up in an unfamiliar room next to the headless corpse of a girl he's met recently With his memory of the previous 24 hours wiped clean he's hardly out of bed before the he notices a note next to the TV telling him to press play on the room's DVD machine The film shows him stabbing someone to deathTyler is confident that the footage is fake but will a jury see things the same way The man on the end of the phone tells him that if he wants the evidence to disappear he must go to an address in east London and await further instructionsTyler knows he must do as he is told He also knows that the phone caller has no intention of keeping him aliveTo survive he must recover the missing 24 hours of his life and find out who's setting him up before his time runs out for good The clock is ticking


About the Author: Simon Kernick

Simon Kernick born 1966 in Slough Berkshire is a British thrillercrime writer now living in Oxfordshire with his wife and two daughters He attended Gillotts School a comprehensive in Henley on Thames Oxfordshire Whilst he was a student his jobs included fruitpicker and Christmas tree uprooter He graduated from Brighton Polytechnic in 1991 with a degree in humanities Kernick had a passion



10 thoughts on “Severed

  1. Magan Chang Magan Chang says:

    If you're looking for a book involving tons of fight scenes with a dash of mystery this is a book for you If you're looking for something that's of a psychological thriller then this probably isn't a book for you Severed by Simon Kernick is a mystery novel involving a fast paced plot and new pieces of information being thrown constantly at youImagine waking up in a bed seemingly alone Everything is uiet when your eyes are drawn to drops of red strewn all over the bedsheets Slowly you turn to your side only to find a body lying next to yours A decapitated body you know that once belonged to a girl you met just a few weeks ago You sit up in shock paralysed by the sight of the corpse You have no idea what happened last night A note on the TV tells you to turn on the DVD player and you do so You stand petrified at the movie playing on the screen It's one of you stabbing the girl in the bed to death You're sure that the person in the film isn't you but who knows what the court would think? Now you're told to head to East London if you want all traces of the DVD to be erased Knowing that you're reuired to do what the man on the phone says and also knowing that you'll probably be dead at the end of all this what do you do?As much as it sounds interesting I didn't really think it was I borrowed the book from the library after finding the summary on the back intriguing but I was surprised when my interest in the plot started dying once I got about a uarter of the way in The main character Tyler was difficult to relate to and I couldn't pinpoint any distinct ualities that made him stand out in my head I think that there was a lack of voice throughout the whole story and it just became very tiring for me to read This is a book you really need to get into to enjoy and is better to read in one shot There are multiple characters with little information given about them that are introduced and it might be confusing to keep track of all of them especially since most of them only stay for about a couple of chapters Some of the dialogue kept my attention and made me want to keep reading but I couldn’t find majority of the scenarios interesting I felt that the ending was rushed and for some reason a little disappointing as well This wasn't exactly a continuous page turner for me but the beginning started off with a bang and was uite good


  2. Erline. Erline. says:

    This was a slightly frustrating read there was a lot of superfluous build up in the first half and I skimmed uite a bit of it without losing any of the plot After passing the half way point the author seems to dial back on dragging out action scenes and that's where the story begins to get a little interestingI read this book as part of my book club and one of girls raised an excellent point The character development is uite lazy it’s difficult to connect with any of them as there is no real background This is particularly true with the protagonist the author resorts to constantly falling back on incidents experienced during his time in the military for pretty much everythingThere were a few twists that I hadn't expected and I enjoyed the second half than the first the ending was certainly a surprise but a good one


  3. Gary Gary says:

    Another excellent novel by Simon KernickWhat is there not to like about his books very good characters and skilfully plotted


  4. Veronika Veronika says:

    I don´t know what to say It was mysterious it was unexpected it was really bad day But I was impressed Throughout the whole book the author took you in the knowledge that you cannot find out who is behind all the events And I have to say There were only few moments I thought I know who is behind everything and as I found out in the end I was really mistaken Only thing I knew was that if I were that man I would rather die than to fight like he had to that I wouldn´t survive better surrender to police and be in the prison lifelong And in the end I was really proud of him I really felt like he did everything he could everything I wouldn´t So I have to say I LOVED this book


  5. Jim Bowen Jim Bowen says:

    At the start of this book Tyler the central character wakes up in a house he doesn't recognise He's clearly been drugged and when he rolls over to get his bearings he finds the badly mutilated remains of his girlfriend next to himSoon after he gets a phone call that tells him that if he doesn't do certain things the police will be called and evidence will be presented to them that suggests that he was involved in the mutilation He follows the instructions but because he clearly can't trust who put him in this position he goes after those who he believes were really involved in the death for the remainder of the book You might think that all this might sound rather enjoyable if a little disgusting and the way I've described it it might sound a bit like a boys own adventure for adults Trust me when I say that it's too predictable to be enjoyableAfter I'd read Chapter 1 I guessed pretty what was going to happen This pre cognition I had wasn't helped by the fact that Kernick seems to have borrowed plot themes from his own books to help bloster his own story Almost as soon as I read certain things I just knew how they might be related to what he wrote in Relentless the other Kernick book I'd readNow you might think I have a knack for guessing the endings of books I don't Anyone with half a brain would guess what was going to happen in this book Anyone who has read anything that's remotely similar to this book would guess what's going on in this book too Everything he writes in this book is that well telegraphed Trust me on that In short don't read this book Have a good look for a book with a similar plot and read that book instead It's almost bound to be better written


  6. Baba Baba says:

    Heavily marketed with posters adverts and book displays all over London this bestseller gets off to a gripping start when Tyler wakes up beside the headless torso of a woman in his bed An engaging military organised crime conspiracy thriller which I admittedly couldn't put down A genuine thriller


  7. Jamie❤Books Jamie❤Books says:

    DNF 56%I am strained my brain enough I wish i could have loved this one Not happening


  8. Phillip Phillip says:

    You know that a Simon Kernick novel is going to grab your attention from the very first sentence and this doesn't disappoint Your thrust straight into the action as the main character Dan Tyler wakes up to find the decapitated body of his new girlfriend lying next to him in a pool of blood in a place he doesn't recognise and with no memory of the events leading up to it He then finds himself doing a job for a mysterious man who tells him that if he doesn't complete the job the murder weapon and video of him committing the crime will go straight to the police There then follows a series of events that ultimately become a little too predictable and increasingly outrageous The characters are wooden and clichéd and the narration suffers from to much hyperbole and altogether useless information that adds nothing to plot and leaves you with the feeling that he is desperately trying to slow the story down for added suspense It doesn't work


  9. Sharon Sharon says:

    For some strange reason I had it in my head I had read uite a few of Simon Kernick's books turns out this is only the second one Maybe its because I have 4 or 5 in my bookshelf 'Severed' is a non stop all action read that doesn't let up from the first to the last page There is a lot going on and bodies piling up all over the place a main character who manages to survive through a hell of a lot of fighting and shooting okay a bit of eye rolling for that but its a good book to get lost in for a couple of days 4 stars for the enjoyment of the read than the plot so maybe its really a 35 why are so many books 35's???


  10. Magda Magda says:

    I really enjoyed reading this book the action starts on the first page and keeps you interested through the whole book It was easy to read and read pretty fast In the book we can find round characters they are fully formed and complex We can find many plots combined into one and it doesn't feel forced There is a lot of twists which made you want to read it Some moments made me a little bored the flashbacks they take you back and tell you stories from the past They are necessary to fully understand the story but sometimes I felt like they were a little bit too long


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