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From the author of Audible #1 bestsellers In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You, The Physics of the Dead, and The Stone Man (shortlisted for the Audible Audiobook of the Year award 2015)
Ever wished the world would revolve around you? Be careful what you wish for...
Martin Hogan feels like he's being watched by everyone and everything, and doesn't know why. Even his pets are acting strangely. Each night he sees animals gathering outside his house in the darkness, staring up at his windows with glittering eyes.
"Something is very wrong in the world…"
Things are happening that can't be explained. People are attacking both strangers and loved ones for no apparent reason. It started gradually, almost unnoticed, but now it's beginning to escalate. Random attacks in large groups are causing people to avoid crowds at all costs, and Martin is starting to believe it's all connected to him.
But Martin isn't paranoid. He is about to discover that he is absolutely right; the world does revolve around him, and the reason why is far worse than he could have ever imagined.
As his life spirals deeper into the terrifying and inexplicable, Martin seeks answers, only to find himself engulfed in a high stakes struggle for the future of mankind itself.
For the fate of human race rests solely in Martin Hogan's hands…
Luke Smitherd, author of the Amazon and Audible best sellers The Stone Man, In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You, and The Physics of the Dead presents the ultimate predicament in his latest unusual and original novel. A Head Full of Knives is a supernatural mystery that asks what you would do if the fate of the world lay with you (and guarantees you'll never look at animals in quite the same way again.)
©2014 Luke Smitherd (P)2015 Luke Smitherd
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Critic Reviews

"I had no preconceived idea of what to expect with A Head Full of Knives, and every time I thought I knew where the storyline was heading, Smitherd deftly turned down a new and unexpected path. In a field of genre fiction overflowing with mediocrity and stale ideas - published by large and small press alike - Luke Smitherd stands out as a truly new and original voice." (
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By amazonian goddess on 12-09-15

Still tops on my list!

I got lost a few times on this trip. The book was excellent and kept me on the edge of my chair. I just was confused (for the lack of a better descriptive) a few times during the listen.

Still my favorite author of the 21st century.

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By jayce on 12-09-15


I turned on this book every time I could get two seconds to listen to it. At times I was literally aching to find out what happened next. I loved hearing about the creative afterlife that Luke invents. Great story and highly recommended!

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By Steven Ryan on 11-04-15

Luke Smitherd – Best new British author for years!

If you could sum up A Head Full of Knives in three words, what would they be?

Thought provoking, compelling, eclectic (4 words – I know!)

What did you like best about this story?

The detailed explanations of the situations the characters were in together with the way Luke makes something so crazy seem like it’s actually normality.

Have you listened to any of Luke Smitherd’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, the Stone Man. Both are 5 star listens in my mind.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but a full time job, a wife, 2 kids and the desire for a few beers in the pub meant that I completed it in 4 days as opposed to one sitting.

Any additional comments?

To find out that Luke was self-published was a shock and was the catalyst to me writing my first ever review. Luke’s ability to immerse the reader / listener in a story as thought provoking and mind blowing as this without going completely off the rails is excellent – not to mention actually coming up with the idea in the first place!

There is no doubt in my mind that Luke will continue to gain 5 star ratings for his work and I have already bought ‘In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story’.

I wish him all the very best & I look forward to many more years of reading / listening to his work.

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By Mark Ledsom on 02-27-16

Consistently entertaining and original

Ok so I've read them all now and I am now at a bit of a loss as to where to go next !!
I'd read all the King, Koontz and Herbert stuff and fortunately happened across Luke but now I've read / listened to all his too -
UPDATE. Physics of the dead out!! LUKE hurry up with the next one please ;)

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By DebB on 09-27-16

Captivating and unique!

Well Luke Smitherd is fast becoming one of my favourite writers.. If you are looking for something well written and totally unique and interesting and 'un-putdownable' I highly recommend a Luke Smitherd book. The Stone Man was the first one I listened too and it was wonderful. This one was just as good, I loved it. Thank you Luke.

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