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The Jump

Doug Johnstone


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Struggling to come to terms with the suicide of her teenage son, Ellie lives in the shadows of the Forth Road Bridge, lingering on its footpaths and swimming in the waters below. One day she talks down another suicidal teenager, Sam, and sees for herself a shot at redemption, the chance to atone for her son’s death.

But even with the best intentions, she can’t foresee the situation she’s falling headlong into – a troubled family, with some very dark secrets of their own.

From #1 bestselling author of Gone Again, The Jump is a hugely moving contemporary thriller, and a stunning portrait of an unlikely heroine.

Critic Reviews

The Jump is one of the most emotive and intense books it's been my pleasure to read, and despite the weighty issues it explores, and the inherent sadness within its pages, ultimately one of the most satisfying. A brave, yet sometimes difficult, subject wonderfully handled. Prepare to be moved.

Jackie Farrant, Raven Crime Reads
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A brilliant psychological thriller, no, domestic noir, whatever you call it, The Jump is superb.

Helen Fitzgerald
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The writing is clever, the narrative style is addictive and the character building is superb - as well as that the setting is vivid and the whole thing has a completely authentic feel to it even in the occasional unlikely moments. I loved it.

Liz Loves Books
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If you have yet to read anything by this author then I suggest you do so, without delay. His words always have a particularly hard-hitting edge to them, that lingers when the book is done and safely on your bookshelf.

Amanda Gillies, Eurocrime Blogspot
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This is a very absorbing and thought provoking read. A difficult subject is handled sensitively, in an emotional and very believable thriller.

Liz Mistry, The Crime Warp blog
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I was struck by how the Forth Road Bridge felt like an actual character in the book.

Northern Crime Blog

Doug Johnstone is the author of a number of acclaimed thrillers, including Gone Again, Hit & Run and, most recently, The Jump. He is also a freelance journalist, a songwriter and musician, and has a PhD in nuclear physics. He lives in Edinburgh.

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