by Nikki Dudley
WINNER OF THE VIRGINIA PRIZE FOR FICTION 2020
When Briony Campbell confesses to killing her boyfriend, an apparently straightforward crime soon turns into a baffling mystery.
Haunted by demons from his past, lawyer S.J. Robin is assigned to the case. But as confusion – and the body count – rises, he’s forced to question who is guilty and who is innocent.
Can he see justice served and hold on to the woman he loves?
“Talking of S.J., he is a fantastic character. Scarred in everyway possible, we’re told from the off that he is dealing (or not, as they case actually is) with something in his past, and as time goes on, the full extent of his trauma is revealed, with the aforementioned parallels drawing him to Briony and her to him, leading to plenty of drama as the novel unfolds.”
– Emma Rowson, blogger, read more here
“The characters are all so well developed, really interesting and colourful, each with their voices. Briony really made me wonder; Nikki Dudley has so skilfully written her that I was as bad as the other three on whether I believed her claim or not. I hopped from one side to the other constantly. I loved getting to know these four and was sorry when I had finished the book.
A crime thriller that refuses to be a run of the mill book and stands out with the fabulous characters that Nikki Dudley has created. I would easily recommend Volta to anyone…in fact, I have already!”
“Nikki Dudley’s latest novel shows that things are not always as they seem… The twist in the narrative is skilfully done and will keep the reader guessing until the very end.”
– Ruth Dugdall, author of Nowhere Girl
Reviews of previous work:
‘Nikki’s energy rustles behind each line, as she plays with familiar words and makes them at once more explicit and more unknown.’
– skylightrain blog
‘It’s a tale that will keep them wondering, gasping, thinking, smiling, grimacing, rereading. What more can a reader ask for?’
– Mike Lipkin, Noir Journal
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Watch the booktrailer here.