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Heavily pregnant Frannie is facing a crisis. An English woman living in Germany, her marriage is failing, her language skills are hopeless, and she feels like a fish out of water in a foreign country. In a positive effort to tackle her problems she learns to drive so she can cope when her baby is born and build a sense of independence.

After passing her driving test she drives in the early hours of the morning to gain experience on the eerily empty streets. But when she encounters a Polish motorcyclist looking for his missing sister, she becomes sucked into a terrifying world of shady nightclubs, autobahn prostitutes and organ trafficking.

And when she crosses serial-killing truck driver Stigelegger, there's no turning back. A most unlikely heroine, this nervous Night Driver must stay one step ahead of her pursuer on the darkest of roads in order to survive.

Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Urbane Publications Publication Date: 02/08/2018 ISBN-13: 9781911583967  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Marcelle Perks is a British author and journalist living in Germany. She specializes in writing sexually-themed guide books, but also writes short stories. As a film journalist, she has contributed to such publications as British Horror Cinema, Fangoria, The Guardian and Kamera. Night Driver is her debut novel.

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Well that was one twisted, dark and thoroughly entertaining read, so much so that I felt I needed a good wash when I'd finished reading it! Skin crawling, creepy and quite menacing, the characters in this book are really quite terrifying. Set in Germany and mostly at night we are introduced to serial killing lorry driver Lars Stigelegger early on and his impromptu road trip with a young, unsuspecting lad really draws you into the story and doesn't let you go. Lars' partner, nightclub owner Hans Grans is equally frightening, especially when he quoted from real life serial killers and at times I felt as though it had the sinister undercurrents of Silence of the Lambs - the characters were so normal one minute then quite unreal the next. The main protagonist Frannie is heavily pregnant and I can't recall a story where this has been a major feature before. Having had three children myself I could very much relate to how Frannie constantly felt and to go through all that she did whilst carrying a child was quite unbelievable. Her continued devotion to finding out the truth about what had happened to Tomek and his sister Anna was commendable and something I'm not sure I'd have done in the same position. Frannie (who is English living in Germany with her German husband) is immensely nervous driving on her own having only just 'passed' her test and being a nervous driver myself I was on edge every time she got in the car - I certainly won't be driving on any Autobahns anytime soon! The author Marcelle Perks is truly exceptional with her imagination and ability to engage the reader, the chapters seamlessly flowed together from one character and situation to the next and all the diverse characters were excellently portrayed. I did in the end get to like one of 'bad' characters and thought the ending was just superb, the way the author tied it all together was brilliant and towards the conclusion I really couldn't put the book down. Considering the nature of the subject matters - prostitution, organ trafficking, drug taking and sick and twisted serial killers - these were quite explicit at times, so if easily offended or if a younger reader then be warned but they were all very much appropriate and necessary to the story in order to create its unique ambience. I loved every minute of this tense crime mystery, beautifully printed too by Urbane Publications I'd happily recommend this suspenseful, twisted and original book and would love to read more like this again by Marcelle in the future. An excellent 5 stars!

- 15/07/2018
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