Bitter Nothings

Bitter Nothings

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by Vicki Tyley
     
 
BEST MYSTERY BIGAL'S BOOKS AND PALS 2014 READERS� CHOICE AWARDS

Half her family have been murdered in their beds. Her father is the prime suspect. And things are about to get a whole lot worse�

Graphic designer Dervla Johns wakes one morning to the news that her father, Warren, is missing and her stepmother and step-siblings were found dead in their

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BEST MYSTERY BIGAL'S BOOKS AND PALS 2014 READERS� CHOICE AWARDS

Half her family have been murdered in their beds. Her father is the prime suspect. And things are about to get a whole lot worse�

Graphic designer Dervla Johns wakes one morning to the news that her father, Warren, is missing and her stepmother and step-siblings were found dead in their beds. While the police hunt for Warren, Dervla searches for answers. Could her father really be a killer? Refusing to be warned off by police threats, or intimidated by the reporter who appears to be following her, she delves into her family�s past.

But as she uncovers one shocking secret after another, Dervla�s world is rocked further by another murder � and she finds herself desperately trying to untangle a web of illicit love and betrayal. Soon, Dervla must face her greatest fear� or suffer the same deadly fate as her stepmother.

�If you like mystery fiction with a psychological flair, Vicki Tyley will deliver. She understands that fiction is about real people, and that real people have their dangerous flaws.� �Scott Nicholson, Bestselling author of Liquid Fear

Editorial Reviews

Book Boogie - Craig Miyamoto
Once again, Vicki Tyley had me guessing, right from the start, trying to figure out who dunnit. I've enjoyed reading all her books, paying particular attention to her maturing style. And in the process, I've learned quite a bit about contemporary Australian society.
Readers' Favorite - Julia Hopkinson
"I absolutely love Vicki Tyley's suspense books, and Bitter Nothings is certainly no exception. Her skill in weaving the various strands of the story together, and in dropping just enough hints and clues to keep you on both the tips of your toes and the edge of your seat, is immense. Each time you think you've got a handle on the plot, it veers off in a new direction and throws you a curve ball. Yet again I did not see the end coming, and her ability to consistently mislead and blindside,,,
OnlineBookClub - Russet Divinity
...a fast-paced mystery/suspense novel. It�s about Dervla Johns, a woman whose stepmother and two stepsiblings have just been murdered in their beds, and everyone suspects her father. She and her two brothers, Gabe and Emmet, do their best to uncover what could have happened, and in the process, Dervla learns that her father had many more secrets than she had imagined. For its compelling story and believable characters, I rate Bitter Nothings 4 out of 4 stars.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015738834
Publisher:
Patmay Press
Publication date:
11/18/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
494,206
File size:
683 KB

Meet the Author

Based in rural Victoria, Australia, Vicki Tyley writes fast-paced mystery and suspense novels in contemporary Australian settings.

Born in New Zealand, she emigrated with her husband to Australia in 1982. She has travelled extensively, spending a year touring the world before terrorism was an influencing factor. She has lived in the central business districts of large cities, suburbia, idyllic seaside locations, rural areas, bushland, and remote desert mining camps.

In the lead up to her writing career, she worked in a multitude of different industries including banking, stockbroking, importing and wholesaling, human resources, mining, hospitality, civil engineering, and toys, in predominantly accounting, IT and management roles.

All these life experiences are brought to bear in her writing.

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Bitter Nothings 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
I’ve read all of Vicki Tyley’s books and they all have some qualities that keep me coming back starting with well constructed plots with multiple “suspects” to choose from. I’ve yet to figure out whodunit until just before the climax, often getting completely blindsided. (I then think back to the clues and realize they were all there, if I’d only seen them.) The tension tends to be high, like a thriller, with the protagonist often in danger (or at least feeling they are). The protagonist is always someone I like and find myself pulling for them to solve the mystery. The Australian settings and characters add a little spice, setting them apart and giving me a change of pace from the norm. Bitter Nothings has all of these qualities which leaves me feeling that I don’t have anything new to say (other than “buy this book, you’ll like it”). So, buy this book, you’ll like it. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** 
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Julia Hopkinson for Readers' Favorite In Bitter Nothings, Vicki Tyley presents another complex and thrilling tale of dysfunctional families, determined women, and mysterious deaths and disappearances. Graphic designer, Dervla Johns, and her brothers, Gabe and Emmett, are still missing their mother, following her suicide two years earlier. Several years before that, their father, Warren, had left home to move in with his mistress, Lucinda, and had since had two more children. At the start of the book, the siblings are now shocked by the news that, not only have Lucinda and her children been found dead in their beds, shot as they slept, but that Warren is missing and has become the police’s number one suspect. Dervla appears to be the only one to doubt their father’s guilt, and starts to investigate who else might have had reason to want Warren’s new family dead. I absolutely love Vicki Tyley’s suspense books, and Bitter Nothings is certainly no exception. Her skill in weaving the various strands of the story together, and in dropping just enough hints and clues to keep you on both the tips of your toes and the edge of your seat, is immense. Each time you think you've got a handle on the plot, it veers off in a new direction and throws you a curve ball. Yet again I did not see the end coming, and her ability to consistently mislead and blindside her readers is remarkable. I think I suspected every single person at one time or another. Her characters are always vivid and realistic and she often sneaks in a bit of humour and a smidgen of romance. Once again, I have no hesitation in wholeheartedly recommending this book.
Brencz More than 1 year ago
Bitter Nothings had me thinking nothing for awhile This book took me about half way through it before I could get into it. I felt bad for Dervla, Gabe, and Emmet losing their step-mother and  step-siblings in a murde, their father missing and the prime suspect and sure they came from a broken home, but the dynamics of the  family just did nothing for me. The characters were okay but not that great and it wasn’t until about the second half of the book that I  started to get into it. Then the mystery of the murder starts to unfold and you start to see more twists and turns. If you can read up to the  second half you will enjoy this book and be surprised by the ending. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it but it had no bearing on my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good story, I'm sure; however the endless squabbling and general sour attitudes left me leaving the book before the halfway point.
MEGGY1951 More than 1 year ago
This is a very well written book that has us readers wondering who the muderer is. Now I need to read the other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SusanSometimes More than 1 year ago
Bitter Nothings starts as it means to go on – a cover to whet the appetite of mystery/thriller fans everywhere; followed by an intriguing prologue which then jumps head first into a simmering brew of murderous deceit and connivance. The threads of familial complexity stir the pot and, true to Vicki’s inimitable style, the plot thickens until the inevitable happens… a roiling boilover to an unexpected end. In other words – one heck of a read!