Dangerous To Know ~ @anneebuist ~ @legend_press ~ JA Warnock Review

About The Book 


Natalie King is back: back from a stay on the psych ward. Her reluctance to live a quiet life has contributed to a severe depressive episode, and now it’s time for a retreat to the country, and a low-key research job at a provincial university nearby.

But Natalie and trouble have a strange mutual fascination. Her charismatic new boss Frank is friendly, even attractive. But it turns out his pregnant wife is an old enemy of Natalie’s. And when Frank’s tragic personal history is revealed – then reprised in the most shocking way – Natalie finds herself drawn deep into a mystery. And even deeper into danger.

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Anne Buist

Favourite book cover by another author and why?

I don’t judge a book by its cover, so this is tricky. That said, certain covers say “pick me up” over others. (Of mine I just love the pin-cushioned heart on Dangerous to Know UK edition). My husband’s book The Rosie Project had an incredibly successful cover in that it was gender neutral, romantic and active: most of the 40 countries who bought it either kept it or altered it slightly. The Taiwanese edition was great—it included a wrap-around voucher for a Margarita! I like the idea of the chess piece on the cover of some editions of The Eight (Katherine Neville), but none of them ever quite grabbed me (the book however did!). There’s a version of Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind that is very evocative of mood and the mystery of the book—it has a man with the shadow as a different, historical character in a cape. This problem wins outside my own and partners.


Favourite time to read?

Anytime and whenever I can. Many authors I know, find they can’t read anymore—they struggle because they start analysing and criticising, or else they are afraid they’ll be accused of plagiarism. Certainly, if I start something that is badly written I stop for the former reason, but I have read a book a week (at least) on average since I was eight and I’m not stopping now! I like to wind down with a thriller (this includes plane journeys, where I have been known to use a kindle because I travel on carry-on), always go sleep after reading, and also read when I need to be inspired. I mean as in lifting my game. I read Snowdrops (listed for the Booker) and then rushed off to write a description of outback Australia: Russia and snow are very different to the desert, but the tone and sensibility were what captivated me.


Favourite snack while reading?

Wine or a Margarita (one only) when I write and plan books—other than that, the book is all I need!


Favourite book character that has stayed with you after the book ended?

I have lived and breathed my own character Natalie King to the degree I get upset when I pass places where things went wrong for her! Some songs I relate to her issues make me nostalgic…

Beyond my own (and my husbands… I have lived with Don Tilman, Adam Sharp and Angelina Brown for quite a while too!)…wow, where to start.

Conchis in The Magus (John Fowles) fascinated me at eighteen.

So did Howard Roark and Dominique Francon in The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand) at twenty-one, however politically incorrect the book and author is now considered.

She’s the bad guy in this, but really got under my skin—a wonderful portrayal—the mother, Cathy/Kate, in East of Eden (possibly my favourite book of all time, by John Steinbeck).

Owen Meany (Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving): exquisite at every level.

Catherine Velis (The Eight by Katherine Neville): might be frivolous fun, but I’ve read and re-reread it. Magical escapism—I am Catherine Velis!

Jack Reacher (Lee Child made an impression because I read 18 in a row. Now I just do him once a year).


Favourite book quote?

As quotes go this is a bit long and unwieldy but the essence of it has stayed with me ever since I read the book maybe thirty years ago (East of Eden by John Steinbeck). It’s ultimately what made the book so powerful for me, and something I have integrated into my own sense of what is important in the world.

‘But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—“Thou mayest”—that gives choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if “Thou mayst”—it is also true that “Thou mayst not”.’


Twitter: @anneebuist

Review by Guest Blogger ~ J A Warnock 

Buist’s ‘Dangerous to Know’ picks up the story of troubled psychologist Natalie King which started in her earlier work ‘Medea’s Curse’. I’ll admit I found myself at a bit of a disadvantage, having not read the series opener, so would recommend readers start at the beginning rather than dive straight into this, the latest instalment.

Buist has found a different way of looking at the crime novel and very much concentrates on the psychological aspects of motivation and what we choose to reveal. By switching perspectives, the reader is privy to more information than each of the characters. I say information because, as much as we might suspect we know what is going on, answers and explicit conclusions are not presented to the very end. There were several moments in which I found myself asking; they wouldn’t, would they? Well….
The main characters are three-dimensional in that their own personal lives and histories are as much a part of the story as the immediate plot. Buist nicely captures the complexities and contradictions of real life as well as providing a nicely paced story of a criminal investigation.
‘Dangerous to Know’ is a subtle, measured and enjoyable read. If there were moments I expected the Cheshire cat to pop up and announce us all mad, blame my own psychosis, not the book. I hope we have not heard the last of Dr King.
Thank you to  @anneebuist for taking time out to visit my blog and to @legend_press  for the copy of the book for review.

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