Punishment by Anne Holt


Anne Holt

If you automatically head for the Crime section, this novel is for you. With short, fast-paced chapters and tightly edited sentences, I felt like I was speed reading and in no time at all the 340 plus pages were devoured.


She was frightened. Adam couldn't understand why. Her son was dead, killed by a madman who the woman was protecting. Adam wanted to hit her. More than anything he wanted to lean over the table, grab her stupid pink sweater and slap her. He wanted to beat the truth out of her thin body.

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