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Nathan Rivers: Crime Fiction Author

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23/ 02 / 21

Reviewers Name: Phylis Breen

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My review of "Interview With a Contract Killer"

Had me hooked from the first page, lots of plot twists and a fantastic ending

14 / 01 / 21

Reviewers Name: Anna

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My review of "Interview With a Contract Killer"

I really enjoyed this book, so many twists and turns and a real shocker of an ending. Highly recommended

30 / 11 / 2020

Reviewers Name: David Wallace

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My review of "Interview With a Contract Killer"

If you are a fan of Peaky Blinders then you'll love this book. The gangsters are hard, the police are corrupt and the girls are fast and loose. A brilliantly written page turner with a real slap in the face ending.

I really can see this being a major tv crime drama or movie.

Congratulations.

David

15 / 11 / 2020

Reviewers Name: A Simmons

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My review of "Interview With a Contract Killer"

It's rare these days to find a completely new idea in a novel but this works very well. I was worried at first that the flash backs and head hopping may prove too much but it didn't, in fact it added a sense of depth and even more detail to an already, very well put together piece of work. I'm afraid i lost count of the sub plots but the book always moved forward towards an incredible conclusion. Overall, a very good read indeed.

22 / 10 / 2020

Reviewers Name: T Barrat

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My review of "Interview With a Contract Killer"

Crime fiction at its very best.

This book has everything a good British gangster book should. A very original story line with strong characters and an unexpected ending.

11 / 10 / 2020

Reviewers Name: Angela Peek

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My review of "Interview With a Contract Killer"

Wow, just wow! That ending came from nowhere.

16 / 09 / 2020

Reviewers Name:J Peterson

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My review of "Interview With a Contract Killer"

A cracking good read. I enjoyed this from the very first paragraph to the very last. I have just ordered the follow up and look forward to more.

Well done Nathan Rivers

22 / 08 / 2020

Reviewers Name: Martin Young

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My review of "Interview With a Contract Killer"

This was undoubtedly the best crime novel i've read all year. A completely original idea, very well written with great attention to detail and an ending that came from nowhere. 5/5 all the way

28 / 07 / 2020

Reviewers Name: Anthony Evans

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My review of "Interview With a Contract Killer"

My signed copies of both books arrived on Monday last week and I am now half way through the second, Oh boy can this guy write. I've read almost all the reviews and all I can say is believe the hype. I've never read a book like it. the twists and turns in the plots kept me riveted and I swear i felt for some of the characters, they were so real that they were jumping off the page. This needs to be turned into a tv series or a movie.I haven't finished book 2 and already looking forward to book 3 so keep us posted..

19 / 07 / 2020

Reviewers Name: Roger Mason

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My review of "Interview With a Contract Killer"

To say I loved this book would be an understatement. A truly original story, very well devised and written. Characters were beautifully built up and stages well set and detailed. The story was made all the more interesting by the stark contrast in life styles of the two main characters.

Nothing in the run up could have prepared me for the ending.

I am about to start reading Divided Loyalties and am hoping for more of the same.

If you only read one crime thriller novel this year, this should be it.

Amazon reviewer: Chris Hooley

5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any crime fiction fans!

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 July 2020

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What a fantastic book!

David Palmer and Frankie Cole are such brilliant characters. The story is original and very well written. in a Mindhunter-esque fashion and, on the face of it, the story is well-conceived and generally well-written.


Normally, I don't appreciate flashbacks in a novel but they work really well here and give us a solid and entertaining account of Cole's past life.


This book is full of great twists and turns! The ending floored me - I wasn't expecting it at all!


A must read for any crime fiction fans!

19 / 06 / 2020

Reviewers Name:Colin Frayne

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My review of: "Interview With a Contract Killer"

Having read many of the reviews prior to buying it, I was worried in case this novel didn't live up to expectation. I was more than happy to be proved wrong. What a journey this was, a story which goes in to a great deal of detail regarding the life of a London gangster and his own struggles while in Broodmoor. This book is a real roller coaster with many twists and turns. I highly recommend it.

10 / 06 / 2020

Reviewers Name: Paul Harper

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My review of: "Interview With a Contract Killer" If you like realism and detailed narrative then you will love this book It really is as simple as that. I loved the interaction between the characters and enjoyed reading their back stories. I have never read a book with such a smack in the face ending This really is a five star read for any crime lover and I look forward to reading the next.

28 / 05 / 2020

Reviewers Name: Pat Holden

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My review of: "Interview With a Contract Killer" Having been born in London and living here my whole life it was very easy for me to identify with the characters and locations in this book. It really felt like the story was real with none of that BBC Londoner, plumb in the mouth which let's down so many books. I loved the style of writing and I'm really looking forward to the next installment.

25 / 05 / 2020

Reviewers Name: Andy Sumner

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My review of: "Interview With a Contract Killer"

Where to start? This book is excellent with a cast of well developed and "believable" characters who move the reader through cleverly planned and thought out plots which will hold your interest right up to the end which I have to say was truly unexpected. Without doubt I highly recommend this novel to all crime fiction lovers and if able would, without hesitation award it five stars

carragh shubrook

5.0 out of 5 stars Great read,great twist!

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 May 2020

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Absolutely Fantastic read,couldn't putting it down till i had finished, two days ! loved the twist at the end ,totally unexpected,

19 / 05 2020

Reviewers Name : Sally Stephens

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My review of "Interview With a Contract Killer" : An utterly believable narrative, with an unimagined twist at the end.Gangland characters come to life in this account of killings and wrong doings.Charismatic baddies and a fast paced storyline made this a most enjoyable read

05 / 05 / 2020

Reviewers Name: Laura Fenton

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My review of "Interview With a Contract Killer"

I enjoyed this book alot and I really felt I'd got to know the characters. Such an original story, so well written and as others have aleady said the ending is just so unexpected. It's fab. An easy five stars from me.

01 / 05 / 2020

Reviewers Name: Alexander Priest

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My review of "Interview With a Contract Killer"

A 5***** read for any crime lover. Had me hooked from the very start. Outstanding writing and what an ending.

27 / 04 / 2020

Reviewers Name: Andrea Phillips

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My review of 'Interview With a Contract Killer"

WOW, what a book. I hope this really is a work of fiction and not real life. This is so believable and what a twist at the end. A seriously good read.

14 / 04 / 2020

Reviewers Name: Brendon Chaplaine

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My review of 'Interview With a Contract Killer'

What can I say apart from I absolutely loved this book. A totally absorbing read which had me hooked from the first sentence 5***** More please.

30 / 03 / 2020

Reviwers Name: Annabelle Wright

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My review of 'Interview With a Contract Killer':

I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend and I was not disappointed. The more I read the more I wanted to find out what happened next. The settings were very well explained and the characters were so believable that I felt I was watching it all as it happened. This novel will be hard to better. I want to read more from this author.

Kindle review 08 / 03 / 2020

Reviewers name: Georgina

5.0 out of 5 stars Crime fiction that reads as crime fact

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 March 2020

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Had me hooked from page one, very believable tale of the life of the contract killer in London. Then that unexpected twist at the end. Great!!

Reviewers Name Stanley Grue

Goodreads review: 08 / 03 / 2020

It has been my pleasure to read the first novel by Nathan Rivers "Interview with a Contract Killer". I was engrossed with the life story of 'Mr Cole' - a Broadmoor patient as revealed to David Palmer - a freelance journalist. The series of interviews are a clever framing device as Frankie Cole reveals the grisly secrets of his career to Palmer in the presence of two deferential and rather timid hospital warders/guards. Cole has been transferred from Belmarsh prison after murdering a guard. There is a sensitive contrast between the world of privilege represented by the Ascot Hotel, where Palmer stays between interviews, and the world created for the 'lost souls' within the walls of Broadmoor. To say more would be to give too much away, but I really enjoyed this ingenious novel and look forward to more from Nathan Rivers.

06 / 03 / 2020

Reviewer's Name; Debra Rietberg-Price

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My review of 'Interview With a Contract Killer'

I loved this story. The visual as I was reading had me sitting on the sofa at all hours as I didn't want to put it down. I got to know the characters as I got deeper into the story hence I can't wait for the next Nathan Rivers book to come out.

03 / 03 / 2020

Reviewer's Name: Anthony Michaels

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My review of 'Interview With a Contract Killer':

Great book, had me hooked from the first paragraph 5*

02 / 03 / 2020

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Short Review

A gritty, gangland gripper with an incredible twist – a crime lovers must-read!

Review

I loved this book. It’s as simple as that. David Palmer comes to Broadmoor to interview Frankie Cole in a Mindhunter-esque fashion and, on the face of it, the story is well-conceived and generally well-written. It starts off with Palmer’s journey over to Broadmoor from Wales where he lives. I always think it is nice when authors include the rest of the UK in their books, not just London (there is more to our great country you know). A rapport is built between Palmer and Cole slowly and the reader is allowed the time to understand their relationship. The book is filled with flashbacks to Cole’s heyday in the East End of London and this forms the basis of the interview. He recounts his tales working for some eminent gangsters and how he ended up in his position. These vignettes, in themselves, prove enough on their own, to keep the reader interested.

Initially, I thought this was just a fairly good book – murder, corruption and gangsters are the usual suspects. No problems with the plot and it kept my attention. A twist about halfway through provided enough impetus for me to want to read on but nothing prepared me for the shock finale. The final chapter proved to be the most captivating and I actually read this twice. Not because I didn’t understand it but because I wanted to re-live the moment when the author so beautifully shatters your conceptions of the story. I don’t think I have ever read a book with such a shocking twist so very near the end. What an absolute curveball! There’s always the risk that the twist is underplayed or feels like an ‘it was all a dream’ moment when the reveal is very late-on but Rivers doesn’t fall into this trap. You can tell care has been taken to lead up to this climax and the reader feels nothing but fulfilment.

What I liked

The final twist was, of course, my highlight. I did not see this coming one bit and it completely blindsided me. I absolutely love books that do this. Rivers develops Palmer as a main character well and I’m hoping to learn more about his background in the next book.

What I wasn’t so keen on

There were a fair few typographical errors and I also felt that some sentences were too long, lasting half a page in one case. I didn’t find these small issues to detract from the overall readability of the book. This is, indeed, the only reason I have not given it the full five stars.

Summary

For a first-time author (as I believe Rivers to be), this is an excellent piece of work. It has all the elements a great crime story needs and Rivers excels, particularly, in providing sucker-punching, jaw-dropping plot twists. I can’t wait to read the next instalment.

28 / 02 / 2020

Reviewers name: Stephanie Willis

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My review of 'Interview With a Contract Killer'

this book is the reason my laundry didn't get done

this book is the reason I still have dirty left over dishes from yesterday

I loved this book my partner hates it

20 / 02 / 2020

Reviewers name: Colin Reed

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My review of 'Interview With a Contract Killer'

Having lived all my life in London I found it easy to identify with with the characters in the book. I really enjoyed the story and a great twist in the end. I would definitely recommend this book to lovers of crime books.

25 / 01 / 2020

Reviewer's Name: Josette

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My review of 'Interview With a Contract Killer'

Loved this book. I couldn't put it down, read it in 2 days.

Twists and turns all the way through and the ending was so unexpected.

Fantastic writing!!!

Can't wait until the next one.

25 / 01 / 2020

Reviewer's Name: Natalie Smith

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My review of 'Interview With a Contract Killer'

I really enjoyed reading this book interview with a contract killer, i read the book in 3 days as i couldn't put it down, it was an easy read and had a great twist at the end, i also let my sister in law read it, she doesn't normally like books like this but she enjoyed it too, can't wait for the next one, would highly recommend anyone read this book, the author is amazing the way he put this story together, actually felt like i was in the story some times.

10 / 01 / 2020

Reviewer's Name David Langham

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My review of 'Interview With a Contract Killer'

As an avid reader of crime fiction, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. Not only was the dialogue between the two main characters very well thought out and maintained but the sheer number of different plots contained within the book kept me wanting more. The ending was truly unexpected. I rate this book 5***** and look forward very much to the next in the series. Congratulations Nathan Rivers, you are my new favourite crime novelist.

28 / 12 / 2019

Reviewer's Name: Debs Edwards ARC

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My review of 'Interview With a Contract Killer'

I was gripped from the moment I opened the book and was quickly introduced to the characters. The history and attention to detail was incredible. The plot kept me totally engrossed and turning the pages hungry for more. The story unfolded and was filled with suspense and so descriptive you became part of the story. I cannot wait for NR's next book. I highly recommend.

22 / 12 / 2019

Reviewer's Name : karel Mills ARC

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My review of 'Interview With a Contract Killer' : very well written, characters were so believable, loved it. can't wait for the next book.

21 / 12 / 2019

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My review of 'Interview With a Contract Killer'

Brilliant writer, loved the book, once I started reading it it was hard to put it down. Hurry up with the next one please.

19 / 12 / 2019

Name: Deb Probert ARC

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My review: Gripping novel wonderful compulsive read, kept your interest throughout. Loved the way you were given an insight into each of the characters so you started to feel you knew them as the story unfolded. Loved the final twist not what I was expecting. Looking forward to reading the next one.

18 / 12 / 2019

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My review: Loved this book ! The characters are believable and the story holds you to the end. Can't wait for the second book.

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18 / 12 / 20

Reviewers Name: Ceri Leach

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My review of "Interview With a Contract Killer"

In short, I loved it.

It reads like a very detailed diary of events. Very fast paced and a well thought out plot. A job well done.

28 / 11 / 2020

Reviewers Name: Terri Bailey

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My review of "Divided Loyalties"

Totally believable characters and scene setting. I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to the next.

09 / 11 / 2020

Reviewers Name: P Stanley

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My review of "Divided Loyalties"

As a fan of crime fiction I can strongly recommend this book.

29 / 10 / 2020

Reviewers Name: A.M.Barrow

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My review of "Divided Loyalties"

After having read book one, I fully expected book two to continue where the first had left off but I was pleasantly surprised to find instead that the reader is transported back in time so many of the original characters reappear in the second.

Although the two books are written in completely different styles they are both equally powerful and well written stories.

18 / 09 / 2020

Reviewers Name: Francis Greene

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My review of "Divided Loyalties"

If you enjoy being totally emersed in a story then put this book on top of your tbr list. This story will pull you in and hold you tight until the end, with detailed settings and well developed characters. A well deserved five stars from me and i look forward to the next installment.

28 / 08 / 2020

Reviewers Name: Pam Hillier

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My review of "Divided Loyalties"

I loved this book from the first page to the last. The tension between characters, the detail described in the different locations. I felt I was there watching it all going on before my eyes.It had its grissly moments but these were cleverly mixed with romantic encounters. It really did have it all.

22 / 07 / 2020

Reviewers Name: Roger Mason

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My review of "Divided Loyalties"

Another excellent read from a very talented author. It was good that some major characters from the first in this series were brought back for this instalment. The ending certainly didn't have the same punch as the first but the author still managed to keep me wanting to read more. A well thought out plot with plenty of detail and background. Everything a good crime thriller should be.

16 / 07 / 2020

Reviewers Name: Carl Grayson

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My review of "Divided Loyalties"

A really good read, straight into the story with great characters. Loved it

04 / 07 / 2020

Reviewers Name: Claire Godden

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My review of "Divided Loyalties"

After reading book one which totally blew my mind, I just had to read the second. I love this author's style of writing and the sense of involvement he manages to inject into his books. I was drawn straight into the story and remained there until the end. A solid five star read for any crime fiction lover.

24 / 06 / 2020

Reviewers Name: Mandy Halstead

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My review of "Divided Loyalties"

Nathan’s second book, I loved his first one & wasn’t sure weather he’d be able to follow that up. Well I should of had more faith in him. It’s got everything in it that you can think of to be a great crime read, the end twist was brilliant. Can’t wait to see what’s next.

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Carragh shubrook

5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read !

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 June 2020

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Another great read,from start to finish,couldn't put this one down either,now i can't wait for the next one........hopefully not too long

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced gangster thriller! Rivers strikes gold once again.

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 June 2020

Divided Loyalties takes place in a good few years before Interview but is just as gripping and exciting as its predecessor. Danny Slade has been sold a story about his brother’s suicide which he cannot stomach – something isn’t right here. The book follows his journey to get to the bottom of his brother’s death and takes us through infamous South London crime hotspots. There’s lots of action, a bit of gore and some romance thrown in for good measure.

Although this book doesn’t feature a twist quite like that in Interview, I found the general pace of the book more reader-friendly and kept my attention throughout. Given we have just had our first child and we are currently in the middle of a pandemic, it says something about Rivers writing that I continued to want to read this, despite limited time and growing fatigability. It was a welcome distraction!

Once again Nathan, I salute you for your efforts here and can award no less than five stars! I look forward to book 3.

07 / 06 / 2020

Reviewers name: Phil Mason ARC

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My review of "Divided Loyalties" This book is all about one man's search for the truth and having to revisit his past to find it. As a gangster novel it has all the required elements to hold your interest. I quickly became a fan of Rivers work after reading his debut novel Interview with a contract killer which had me enthralled and I am pleased to say that this, his second novel pulled me in in the same way. Excellent, believable characters with a fantastic plot and not forgetting that all important twist. I have no hesitation in awrding this work 5*

03 / 06 / 2020

Reviewers Name: Ben Caulder ARC

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My review of "Divided Loyalties" After reading River's first book Interview with a contract killer, I was certain his second couldn't be as immersive but boy was I wrong. This book blew me away and if River's agent hasn't got this under the nose of Guy Ritchie he or she should be sacked.  

20 / 05 / 2020

Reviewers Name : Chris Kendall ARC

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My review of "Divided Loyalties":

This book contains everything a good gangster novel should a terrific story line with very well developed characters and that all important smack in the face ending. A thoroughly enjoyable read. 5 stars.

17 / 05 / 2020

Reviewers Name : Julie Hughes ARC

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My review of "Divided Loyalties": I was looking forward to the second book from Nathan Rivers and I wasn't disappointed.

Some new characters and others you will remember - some you will like and others that you really won't.

It's an enjoyable read that keeps you guessing. Just when you think you know where it's going.... it doesn't.

Loved it !!!!

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