Adrian Dando has a good marriage, and a steady, if somewhat pedestrian life in the West of England. Without warning it all goes horribly wrong and he is left alone and bereft.

Having two friends who have already moved out to Greece, he decides, with their encouragement, to do likewise. After all, a new start, a new life, new experiences, all of these should enable him to kick-start his life again, maybe even bring him some degree of happiness.

A ‘chance’ discovery of a woman’s body in a quiet location not far from his home starts a chain of events that just may turn his idyll into a nightmare.

But is everything as it seems? With a plot that twists like series of old olive branches, “Two in the Bush” carries enough surprises to keep you wondering to the last page.

Two in the Bush is a novel that can only be described as an intelligent, intricate, detailed murder mystery that will compel its readers to read from the first page. When I read the description of Two in the Bush, I was hooked thanks to the mention of Greece (a place I love), a new life for a distraught man and the discovery of a body. All three components are the perfect ingredients for an intriguing mystery and Two in the Bush is most certainly this!

Two in the Bush begins in England and follows the protagonist of the novel, Adrian Dando who is content with his ‘somewhat pedestrian’ life. Adrian is happily married and would not ask for anything more, but when tragedy strikes, he decides that he needs a change of scenery. The evolution of landscape becomes Greece, in the Island of Rhodes; a couple of his friends have already moved to Greece, so he decides to take the plunge and move.

His arrival is idyllic but not for long as not long after his appearance, he discovers a woman’s murdered body not too far from his new home, and soon his paradise becomes his hell. What happens next is a terrifying plot that will unravel bit by bit and shock and excite the reader.

The story of Two in the Bush is chilling but also exhilarating at the same time. John Manuel, the author of the impeccable Two in the Bush, has managed to strike the perfect combination with his story; he manages to effortlessly weave a terrifying plot with exciting themes. In other words, Manuel perfectly balances the scary moments so that the reader will not be put off by the occasional gruesome parts. Manuel describes just the right amount of detail to entice the reader and not scare them away, and this is a delicate balance to strike but Manuel most certainly does.

The themes laced throughout Two in the Bush are phenomenal and will excite its readers. The twisty-turny plot is harrowing and will take the reader on a fast-paced journey across the Island of Rhodes all while the reader will be trying to decode the puzzling mystery laced throughout the book. Two in the Bush is a clever novel, I mentioned this briefly in my review already, but I want to expand on this thought. Two in the Bush is intricately detailed, it is full of hidden clues and theories for the reader throughout that will have the reader continuously guessing as they try to piece together the troubling events and how they are all connected. Personally, I adore a novel in which I have to think, a story which challenges my thoughts and implores me to throw myself into the book and the reason I felt this way is, of course, thanks to the incredible author John Manuel.

John Manuel is undoubtedly a great crime/mystery writer, his fast-paced narrative combined with his explosive and chilling moments will have any reader addicted not only to the story but Manuel’s literature. One attribute I loved the most about Manuel, besides his clever plot, was his flawless and detailed narration. As I read this book I felt compelled to turn the pages with haste from beginning to end; this is thanks to the impeccable narration he has accomplished and his perfect characterisation of Adrian Dando.

As I adore Two in the Bush and believe it is a unique murder mystery, I have no choice but to award this exceptional book a thrilling Five Stars. If you are a reader who adores a mystery that will implore you to think and mentally interact with the book, then Two in the Bush is a novel that is not to be missed. Besides, how often do us readers come across murder novels set in Greece! I struggle to find any genre of a novel set here so, please, read this exciting book and get lost in a brilliant but terrifying plot!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much and love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please, comment below and let me know your thoughts on Two in the Bush; do you see yourself reading this book? Let me know all of those brilliant thoughts of yours below! Thank you so much again for reading!

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P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for the Amazon U.K. I have also attached some links about the author and this wonderful book! Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book.


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I am deeply grateful to “Redheaded Booklover” for this review of my new novel. One sets out to produce a story that draws the reader in, that captures the reader’s attention, yet one doesn’t really know if one has succeeded until the feedback begins.

Judging by this reaction, I can cautiously conclude that perhaps I have accomplished what I set out to do. Some other reviews elsewhere have suggested that this is my best work yet, although I don’t believe that this reviewer has yet sampled my other books. It amazes me every time I finish writing a new work of fiction, because each and every one of my five novels to date has begun with a very simple scenario, and evolved almost on its own from there.

I’ve read others writers’ words when they say that the book ‘almost writes itself’ and I know what they mean. “Two in the Bush” developed from one simply thought. I was doing what the main character does in the first chapter, taking a pee in the bushes one day, when I simply thought: “How would I react, were I to see a hand sticking out from the undergrowth?” I began sketching out the framework of the story and, before I knew it, the whole thing was screaming for me to get it down in writing.

Now, it’s done. Now it’s out there in the public domain. I hope that anyone who reads it agrees with “Redheaded Booklover.”

The easiest way to purchase any of my works is through Amazon, although other on-line bookstores also carry them.

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Thank you so much!!

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