Halfway
An irresistible, twisty new thriller from the author of Where She Went, perfect for fans of Clare Mackintosh and Gillian Flynn.There's a killer behind and trouble ahead The Halfway Inn is closed to customers, side-lined by a bypass, deep in the inhospitable countryside. One winter's night, deep in snow, Lee, a student hitching home for Christmas, and Becca, a local nurse, end up knocking on the door as the blizzard takes hold. But are they the first to arrive? Why is the landlord less than pleased to see them? And what is his elderly father, upstairs in bed immobilised by a stroke, trying so hard to tell them?At the local police station PC Lissa Lloyd is holding the fort while the rest of her team share in the rare excitement of a brutal murder at an isolated farmhouse. A dangerous fugitive is on the run - but how can Lissa make a name for herself if she's stuck at her desk? When a call comes in saying the nurse is missing she jumps at the chance to escape the boredom and heads out into the snow.The strangers at Halfway wait out the storm but soon realise they might have been safer on the road, especially when Lee finds something interesting in the cellar - which is nowhere near as interesting as what's under the old man's bed. It seems not all the travellers will make it home for Christmas... and if everyone is lying, then who do you trust?

Halfway Details

TitleHalfway
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 10th, 2018
PublisherConstable
ISBN-139781472127938
Rating
GenreMystery, Crime, Thriller

Halfway Review

  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    Halfway by B. E. Jones is a psychological thriller set in a small town in the middle of a snowstorm. There has been a gruesome murder at a farmhouse and the police are looking for clues. There are people stranded and looking for somewhere to seek shelter from the storm. There is a killer on the loose. The author spends a lot of time introducing us to the characters and therefore the book was slow. I was irritated by the amount of bad language in this book. I would like to thank NetGalley and Lit Halfway by B. E. Jones is a psychological thriller set in a small town in the middle of a snowstorm. There has been a gruesome murder at a farmhouse and the police are looking for clues. There are people stranded and looking for somewhere to seek shelter from the storm. There is a killer on the loose. The author spends a lot of time introducing us to the characters and therefore the book was slow. I was irritated by the amount of bad language in this book. I would like to thank NetGalley and Little Brown Book Group UK or my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Nicki
    January 1, 1970
    Wow,this was really,really good. Packed full of twists and turns,unreliable narratives and plot manipulationsFull review to follow on my stop on the Blog tour on the 15th of December
  • Thebooktrail
    January 1, 1970
    Chilling thriller. Hitchhikers, dead bodies, remote farmhouse.And the car which breaks down at the worst time possible. Typical eh?This hits on many nightmares I think and despite the slow start, builds up into something else. No locations as such but that's its strength here for you're not supposed to know or recognise where this woman and her car are. It's creepy when you think about it.A lot of gruesome imagery. How I shouted at that woman to stay in the car? Not stop for the hitchhiker? But Chilling thriller. Hitchhikers, dead bodies, remote farmhouse.And the car which breaks down at the worst time possible. Typical eh?This hits on many nightmares I think and despite the slow start, builds up into something else. No locations as such but that's its strength here for you're not supposed to know or recognise where this woman and her car are. It's creepy when you think about it.A lot of gruesome imagery. How I shouted at that woman to stay in the car? Not stop for the hitchhiker? But then where would the story be?
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  • Sally
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this book. As the storm rages, the tension rises as most of the characters are hiding things. This makes for a very claustrophobic feel, given that a chunk of the book happens in one specific location - the Halfway house of the title. I couldn't put it down and read it in a couple of hours. I didn't guess the identity of the killer for quite some time and it's a good twist when it becomes obvious. My only downside is that it takes a while to get going and that might make some peop Really enjoyed this book. As the storm rages, the tension rises as most of the characters are hiding things. This makes for a very claustrophobic feel, given that a chunk of the book happens in one specific location - the Halfway house of the title. I couldn't put it down and read it in a couple of hours. I didn't guess the identity of the killer for quite some time and it's a good twist when it becomes obvious. My only downside is that it takes a while to get going and that might make some people stop reading before it gets really good. Very glad I kept going with it though!
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  • Susan Angela Wallace
    January 1, 1970
    halfway by BE Jones.three women... one killer...no turning back...the halfway inn has been shut for years but an old man and his son still live there. Becca is driving when a woman stands in front of her car hoping for a lift. She lets her get In but the car won't start. so they head up to the halfway inn. hoping for shelter. This was a thriller of a read. I had no idea who the killer was. even though it was slow to start with it soon picked up. I liked the story and the characters. 4*.
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  • Jacqueline Murphy
    January 1, 1970
    I found this book a little slow to begin with, building up the story and trying to keep following from all the different story tellers, in saying that it comes together very cleverly with a thriller of a twist to set your mind racing. Very well written, overall I enjoyed it. Many thanks to Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group for giving me the opportunity to review same in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Alis Hawkins
    January 1, 1970
    Halfway is a stunning book. I read it in three sittings and I only failed to read it from cover to cover in one sitting because I have to work and I have to sleep.B E Jones is a marvellously ventriloquial writer - each of the three different points of view comes with a pitch-perfect voice. By turns self-revealing, heartbreakingly regretful and aggressively self-assertive her characters are never likeable but, by some strange reader-manipulation which defies analysis, Jones makes you want to know Halfway is a stunning book. I read it in three sittings and I only failed to read it from cover to cover in one sitting because I have to work and I have to sleep.B E Jones is a marvellously ventriloquial writer - each of the three different points of view comes with a pitch-perfect voice. By turns self-revealing, heartbreakingly regretful and aggressively self-assertive her characters are never likeable but, by some strange reader-manipulation which defies analysis, Jones makes you want to know what's going to happens to them. I don't normally care for books where I'm not rooting for at least one character but in Halfway you are so desperate to know what exactly is going on, and how all these disparate characters will finally be shown to be related, that the likeability or otherwise of the main protagonists ceases to matter. They are simply the characters who are telling the story and they are utterly compelling.As to the plot, I realised that all could not quite be as it seemed - it couldn't be or Halfway woudln't be worth the title of thriller - but exactly what shape reality would actually fall into when the plot kaleidoscope turned I failed to guess. And the reveal was brilliant. As soon as I saw it, I wanted to go back and read it all again to see whether I could have spotted it sooner if I'd been cleverer. (I'm going to guess no, but that may be self-serving of me.)West Wales is not often the setting for a thriller but the background - both toopgraphical and demographic - to the book could not be better. Halfway could only have been set where it is - a closed community where everybody knows everybody and identity is a mutable thing. The plot, the mystery and the characters spring inevitably from the harshness of the farming community and the rigidity of people's permitted roles within it. I think the only book I can compare Halfway to is Gone Girl and I can only hope it reaches the same kind of audience - it deserves to.After Where She Went and Halfway, I can't wait to see what B E Jones does next.
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  • Christine Rennie
    January 1, 1970
    With thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the book in exchange for an honest review.I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and particularly enjoyed reading about the main character, the probationer police officer. It was a change to have a police officer who was a dreamer and already in trouble for running away from a crime scene.The ending was similar to a slap stick comedy and very entertaining Highly recommended.
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  • Tee Cee
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you for the opportunity to read this book,very well written and easy to follow. Like the lay out and the journey the book takes you on. Edgy. Tense. Great story line. Recommended
  • Julie Lacey
    January 1, 1970
    “The Halfway Inn is closed to customers, side-lined by a bypass and hidden deep in inhospitable countryside. One winter's night, two women end up knocking on the door, seeking refuge as a blizzard takes hold.But why is the landlord less than pleased to see them? And what is his elderly father trying so hard to tell them?”The blurb really intrigued me and I really enjoyed this book. The prologue gives you a glimpse of how the day ends for the three characters, and is very intriguing. It certainly “The Halfway Inn is closed to customers, side-lined by a bypass and hidden deep in inhospitable countryside. One winter's night, two women end up knocking on the door, seeking refuge as a blizzard takes hold.But why is the landlord less than pleased to see them? And what is his elderly father trying so hard to tell them?”The blurb really intrigued me and I really enjoyed this book. The prologue gives you a glimpse of how the day ends for the three characters, and is very intriguing. It certainly made me want to know what events led to this point. The story then takes you back to the beginning of that day and the chapters are then told from different characters point of view. This is a steadily paced story with a gripping final few chapters. Thanks to Little Brown Book Group and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.
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  • Ang
    January 1, 1970
    This was a strange book. The synopsis appealed to me but when reading I honestly thought it was the wrong book. It was very slow to get going, lots of getting to know characters without actually knowing them and so quite a confusing read. Then suddenly everything happens leading to the conclusion but for me personally I'd have preferred more action earlier rather than a slow build up. I've learnt from this book, learnt that I prefer a fast moving book rather than a slow burn. If you like a slow This was a strange book. The synopsis appealed to me but when reading I honestly thought it was the wrong book. It was very slow to get going, lots of getting to know characters without actually knowing them and so quite a confusing read. Then suddenly everything happens leading to the conclusion but for me personally I'd have preferred more action earlier rather than a slow build up. I've learnt from this book, learnt that I prefer a fast moving book rather than a slow burn. If you like a slow build up to a story this is worth reading for a surprising twist.Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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  • Kath
    January 1, 1970
    Well... this blew my mind a little along the way. For those of you who prefer your thrillers to hit the ground running, be warned that this, for me anyway, was a bit of a slow burn. But the author does build up the tension and intrigue nicely along the way until, suddenly, well... the punches start coming thick and fast. We first follow a hitch hiker who appears to have a bit of a past. She teams up with a nurse whose car journey home has been scuppered by the snowy weather. Together they procee Well... this blew my mind a little along the way. For those of you who prefer your thrillers to hit the ground running, be warned that this, for me anyway, was a bit of a slow burn. But the author does build up the tension and intrigue nicely along the way until, suddenly, well... the punches start coming thick and fast. We first follow a hitch hiker who appears to have a bit of a past. She teams up with a nurse whose car journey home has been scuppered by the snowy weather. Together they proceed on foot to the Halfway Inn which has been closed for a while. There they meet the landlord and his elderly bed-ridden father. He is not really up for visitors for reasons that eventually become clear. Meanwhile, we also follow a young PC who is holding the fort whilst the rest of her squad investigate a brutal murder. She is chomping at the bit for a bit of action so, when a potential missing person call comes in, she jumps at the chance to make a name for herself. But how far will she go...This book was jam packed full of secrets, lies and duplicitous behaviour that, for the most time, appeared a bit disjointed but which did come together really nicely at the end. An end that satisfied but also gave a lot of food for thought and was potentially left open for a sequel. Or could this be the start of a series with a series arc. Who knows? Characterisation is tricky to explain but, on the whole, the characters were very well described, within the aforementioned duplicity of course! I did find some of the goings on a bit strange but then, when the curve ball was delivered, everything made perfect sense. With how things ended, I also think that there is potential for more to come from certain characters and I'd definitely be up for some of that. Pacing was a tad hit and miss even given the slow build up. There is quite a lot of description but this gave the book quite a claustrophobic atmosphere which, in turn, increased the tension throughout. Once a lot of key things were revealed, it took off at a rate of knots!All in all, a good solid read that I do not hesitate to recommend to fans of the genre who like slow burners. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
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  • Karen Barber
    January 1, 1970
    This started slowly, and was - dare I say it - not one I thought I’d finish. But as the various strands started to pull together, and you sensed the links between this large cast of characters, it got much more interesting.Set in a small Welsh village there’s an awful lot going on. A police officer determined to atone for some rookie mistake gets caught up in a gruesome scene. An elderly couple are discovered, the woman murdered and the man visibly shaken. There’s talk of people searching for hi This started slowly, and was - dare I say it - not one I thought I’d finish. But as the various strands started to pull together, and you sensed the links between this large cast of characters, it got much more interesting.Set in a small Welsh village there’s an awful lot going on. A police officer determined to atone for some rookie mistake gets caught up in a gruesome scene. An elderly couple are discovered, the woman murdered and the man visibly shaken. There’s talk of people searching for hidden wealth, and a local lad confesses a very odd story. Caught up in events beyond your wildest imaginings, we suddenly have a wanted killer on the loose.Alongside these events we have a female hitchhiker who is rescued by a local nurse. Spooked by the bad weather the two women head to the local abandoned pub to try to shelter. Once there it’s clear that nothing is quite what it seems, and I was quite surprised by one or two of the revelations that came out. It was a long time coming - too long, really - but once we began to piece together the various stories it was a tense thriller. Intriguing ending that really changed my view of one or two of our characters.A huge thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.
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  • Elaine's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Halfway by BE Jones is a slow burner to begin with, building a nice level of tension throughout the book. I loved the twists and turns and like other readers it reminded me a little of the hotel and snow setting in The Shining. A chilling psychological triller with an unexpected twist. I enjoyed it.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    I found this book very disjointed to begin with. I also didn't like the fact that none of the characters have names but are initially referred to by their job or function eg nurse. However, the more I read, the more engrossed I became as everything became clear. There are numerous plot twists and I don't want to give out any spoilers so let's just say trust nobody, believe nobody! I don't think any of the characters are likeable but it's a fascinating book nonetheless.
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  • Angela L
    January 1, 1970
    Set in an extremely rural part of Wales just before Christmas, this is a slow burner of a book told from the perspective of several different characters. It's written in such a way that you don't necessarily know exactly who they are.It starts with the brutal murder of an old lady and her dog, not the normal sort of crime they usually experience in such a quiet village.The setting is cold and bleak and the action eventually leads to an ex public house. It's here that the body count escalates qui Set in an extremely rural part of Wales just before Christmas, this is a slow burner of a book told from the perspective of several different characters. It's written in such a way that you don't necessarily know exactly who they are.It starts with the brutal murder of an old lady and her dog, not the normal sort of crime they usually experience in such a quiet village.The setting is cold and bleak and the action eventually leads to an ex public house. It's here that the body count escalates quickly and the characters' masks are removed, old crimes uncovered and true identities revealed.It's gory and brutal but yet with a subtle vein of comedy at times. I'll be extra vigilant next time I'm in Wales!
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  • Mandymoo
    January 1, 1970
    Halfway is a psychological thriller about stranded travellers in the snow, a creepy inn and a serial killer! This story was a fairly slow starter but gathers momentum as the story progresses and ends with a chilling twist. Over all a fantastic thriller. Thank you netgalley for this ARC.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I was sent a free copy of this book by TripFiction, through the FB Good Housekeeping Book Room.It’s a fairly quick read but full of atmosphere, twists and turns. Each of the voices we hear is from a flawed and/or tortured character. In fact, none of the main characters were appealing to me.The use of different voices to narrate the story was a very useful device in keeping the reader guessing about the role each would play in the final denouement. The weather also played a key role in maintainin I was sent a free copy of this book by TripFiction, through the FB Good Housekeeping Book Room.It’s a fairly quick read but full of atmosphere, twists and turns. Each of the voices we hear is from a flawed and/or tortured character. In fact, none of the main characters were appealing to me.The use of different voices to narrate the story was a very useful device in keeping the reader guessing about the role each would play in the final denouement. The weather also played a key role in maintaining the suspense.It is a well written book with enough twists and turns to keep the reader turning the pages.
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  • Mel Daniels
    January 1, 1970
    A pacey crime thriller with lots of satisfying twists and turns. The Welsh, rural setting and the extreme snowstorm give this novel a sinister and chilling feel, almost a modern day Grimm's fairy tale. I loved the different narratives and the gradual realisation that all is not as it seems... Couldn't put it down!
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  • Gayle Noble
    January 1, 1970
    In the midst of a blizzard, a district nurse picks up a female hitchhiker and they both end up seeking shelter at a closed down pub, the Halfway Inn. The odd behaviour of the landlord, his elderly father, and events happening elsewhere converge upon this isolated place.The story is told from three viewpoints; the hitchhiker, the elderly man, and a female police constable. It is most definitely a slow burn with details slowly being revealed throughout the story. I thought it was an OK read, but I In the midst of a blizzard, a district nurse picks up a female hitchhiker and they both end up seeking shelter at a closed down pub, the Halfway Inn. The odd behaviour of the landlord, his elderly father, and events happening elsewhere converge upon this isolated place.The story is told from three viewpoints; the hitchhiker, the elderly man, and a female police constable. It is most definitely a slow burn with details slowly being revealed throughout the story. I thought it was an OK read, but I didn't really care for any of the characters which made it hard to become invested in the story. TW: violence and some animal cruelty.Thanks to NetGalley and publishers, Little Brown Book Group UK, for the opportunity to review an ARC.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Dark and twisted. Only got into about three quarters and boy does it all start!! You do wonder where all the different stories are going, then *bam* they all slot together for the finale!! I've never come across a figure like Lissa and the way she behaves at the crime scene at the end. Bravo!! Always looking for something different in a thriller, so this book ticks that box.
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  • Bonnie
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fast-paced, tension-filled, twisty read. There were several narratives among the three main characters that all had some kind of connection. I don't think anyone will really guess who was responsible for the gruesome attacks until close to the very end. Smart, psychological read.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    The hitchhiker is running away from something and just wants to find a safe place, the law wants to make a name for herself and not be stuck uselessly behind her desk forever and the old man knows something is very wrong but his deteriorated mind won't allow him to form the right connections and express his fears. Seeking refugee from the blizzard they all end up at the Halfway Inn together where is soon becomes clear your chances of survival might have been higher outside in the storm!The prolo The hitchhiker is running away from something and just wants to find a safe place, the law wants to make a name for herself and not be stuck uselessly behind her desk forever and the old man knows something is very wrong but his deteriorated mind won't allow him to form the right connections and express his fears. Seeking refugee from the blizzard they all end up at the Halfway Inn together where is soon becomes clear your chances of survival might have been higher outside in the storm!The prologue gives you a glimpse of how the day ends for the three characters, its intriguing and you certainly want to find out what happens and what events lead to this point. Chapter one takes you back to the beginning of that day and the chapters are shared been the hitchhiker, the law and the old man. It's a slow burner from then on until its explosive climax, whereas I personally prefer to have twists spread throughout the book rather than all crammed into the end. I know that it is necessary to lay all the different threads throughout so they can get tangled up in order to deliver that ending but I found the build up a bit tedious. I also didn't like any of the characters I wasn't rooting for any of them, they are all untrustworthy and I had a feeling of unease constantly, but maybe that was the point? I won't go into detail about the ending (I don't want to ruin it) but I will say it is not for the faint-hearted. For me it was a classic case of the perils judging a book by its cover but the blurb sounded irresistible! Thanks to NetGalley and the Little Brown Book Group UK for sending me this in exchange for an open and honest review.
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  • Dana
    January 1, 1970
    What a clever psychological thriller this turned out to be. Don't assume anything in this book, just go with the flow. The chapters are split between three main characters: The Hitchhiker, The Old Man and the Law. Most of the action takes place on the 22nd December in a snowstorm. That's all you need to know to begin this unusual approach to a thriller. Will definitely look out for the previous title 'Where she Went' by this author.Many thanks to Netgalley/B.E. Jones/Little Brown for a digital c What a clever psychological thriller this turned out to be. Don't assume anything in this book, just go with the flow. The chapters are split between three main characters: The Hitchhiker, The Old Man and the Law. Most of the action takes place on the 22nd December in a snowstorm. That's all you need to know to begin this unusual approach to a thriller. Will definitely look out for the previous title 'Where she Went' by this author.Many thanks to Netgalley/B.E. Jones/Little Brown for a digital copy of this intriguing title. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • K
    January 1, 1970
    A really engaging, atmospheric book that managed to completely outwit me throughout. Just when I thought I'd worked out what was happening, and who was hiding their secrets, another surprise kept me off balance. The whole thing fitted together like a puzzle which left me wanting to go straight back and see how I'd missed all the clues so cleverly hidden along the way. A really modern twist on a traditional idea and very enjoyable.
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  • Mike
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this dark and gripping take on the 'strangers stranded in a storm' set up that built to a shocking climax I didn't see coming. This is a well drawn and contemporary portrait of the dark heart we always fear sits under the surface of small town life. One for a winter's night and an alternate take on the festive season!
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  • Dr Bob
    January 1, 1970
    A really dark and modern take on the classic 'strangers stranded in a storm' idea. Some really interesting characters combine with a fascinating picture of small town life in this atmospheric tale. Plays with your assumptions and ideas of who is a hero and who is a villain, so I really didn't see the twists coming!
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  • Janine
    January 1, 1970
    Just finished, although I thought I wasn't going to enjoy this at first, after a few chapters I was hooked. Loved it x
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