Random: A terrifying and highly inventive debut thriller

Random: A terrifying and highly inventive debut thriller

by Craig Robertson

Paperback

$14.50 $15.00 Save 3% Current price is $14.5, Original price is $15. You Save 3%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Tuesday, November 20

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847398819
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 990,490
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Craig Robertson is a Sunday Times bestselling author, and his debut novel, Random, was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger. His most recent novel, Murderabilia was longlisted for the UK’s top crime fiction awards, including Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2017 and the McIlvanney Prize 2017. During his twenty-year career with a Scottish Sunday newspaper, Craig Robertson interviewed three recent prime ministers and reported on major stories including 9/11, the Dunblane school massacre, the Omagh car bombing, and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Random: A terrifying and highly inventive debut thriller 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
This novel is a whole thrilling insight into the obscure mind of a serial killer with no obvious acting pattern. The Cutter appears to be a dangerous psychopath, on the inside he is a smart and hurt man longing for revenge and destruction. Random involves a murderer plot which is interwoven with a kind of underworld plot. In my opinion the involved underworld plot slows the overall story down and blurs it unnecessarily. The story is told from the murderer’s point of view that puts the reader into a moral conflict. Other novels are written in the POV of a detective, but Craig Robertson wants to show the other side, show the motives of a desperate murderer. Feel sorry for the culprit or the victims? A decision, not as easy as in most thrillers. Most interesting about Random are the random tactics and techniques the murderer applies to choose his victims. The author presents a very profound theoretical and historical background to the plot. He provides us with an insight into biological and psychical processes of his victims. Several chapters consist of newspaper articles talking about the cruel murders of the Cutter. Form, style and content are authentically written in newspaper style so that the creation of an actual and authentic crime case is supported. Although the overall atmosphere is dark and depressing, the plot is lightened up by a few jokes and irony. As a little advice: Some of the murders are brutal and many swear words are applied. Random deals with a dark and criminal milieu, so I don’t recommend reading this novel if you are rather squeamish. I read this novel on train rides and I never got bored. Reading this novel in public, the most unsafe place you could be in Random, was a new experience, always wondering about murderers minds and the always present anxiety of being a possible victim to fate. I find it very shocking that the applied strategies to sort out a random victim really fascinated me and I thought about how they would work in real life, how dangerous someone applying those methods would be for public life and safety. THE VERDICT The first novel of a journalist with major media knowledge and a great sense for the exciting mind and moral gamesof a killer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know how you start a book and you don't like it, but you keep reading because you think it's going to get better? Don't make that mistake with this book. It doesn't get better. Also the Scottish accent throughout the book made it difficult reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not for planning the next unicorn attack.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
&heart
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome!!! A bot of spelling errors, the name Pailflower? Awsome story!!! Come read mine at Morning reses. The chapters got switched around. Keep going!!! Love it! &#9829 &#9825
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the plot and ending to Random, but there seemed to be a lot of typos. The book is written in the scottish accent, but because I'm used to the accent, i could understamd it fine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
<in>Hellohhddjddjd
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is Pink reporting in. Sorry I havn't posted for so long, but I've been working on a new series. You can see it at the Staff of Serapis. It's called Daughter of Lycan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
H
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
&#9786 &#9787 &#9828 &#9833 &#9835 &#9825 &#9826
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*a giant crash happens outside devon is in a feild of grass unconcious
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know why this book ia called Random, but its not random. This book is not random its very sad. Read th description for this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ummmm. That was boring. Keep a stable tense and do not switch between past and present tense. Use paragraphs, and if you do not know how, use < p > no spaces at the beginning and end of every paragraph. Use better grammar and spelling, and try to fix your typos. The plot and characters are seriously lacking, and it was really short. Build your plot around your characters and their personalities. Otherwise, it is in my rp. If you would like to continue it here skip res two, which is random acts of trust. Please take this into account. <p> <p> ~Blue
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a very slow start and never really picked up and I continued. I saw lots of positive reviews but personally the book was not to my taste.
Nook-Grandmother3 More than 1 year ago
Can't say that I like this person works
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi im white. Im albino so i have red eyes and a white haired pixie cut. Im 13 years old but can keep up fine. What i lack in size i make up in with speed and smarts. My weakness is strength. I dont have any fancy weapon i just carry a pistol. POST
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smiles back, then looks back and forth between justice and jack. "Sooo, what now?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Goes to naplo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sets a tree on fire