Someone Else’s Conflict


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Someone Else’s Conflict

By Alison Layland

"A surprisingly sensitive and compassionate thriller where the lurking suspense surges forward and delivers blasts of turbulence and ferocity... This is much more than just a thriller, at it's heart it is a story about friendship, responsibility, remorse and how the past can incarcerate and command everyday lives. "

Crime / Mystery / Thriller, Fiction, Novels



The boy looks up and sees the foreigner's rifle aimed at him. Why is this man here? This is not his conflict, it is not the boy's... it is hell.

Jay has been home for a long time, but the ghosts of Yugoslavia are still with him as he busks his way round the country.

Marilyn is fresh out of a controlling relationship and desperate to reassert her independence. The last thing she needs is to fall for an itinerant storyteller who has a strange relationship with the truth. And then the police call on her.

When the past catches up with the present and stories become reality, Jay and Marilyn must decide who to believe and who to betray.


" ...a gripping read... The war in the past, the consequences of what happened that are dominating the present and the hope for the future are intertwined in a fantastic way. I loved this book and am glad I had the chance to read it."
Librarian Lavender

"Someone Else's Conflict is thoughtful, above all, and takes us into questions of responsibility, of escaping from shadows and of putting things right. A thoroughly enjoyable read!"
Sarah Jasmon (

"a fine debut... A highly original, contemporary thriller, featuring unusual engaging characters, and a plot that's not shy in tackling thorny issues at the personal and social level... Layland builds a plot that's cleverly layered, with plenty of twists to keep the tension up... an utterly engaging read."
Nic Mira, Thriller Books Journal

"A real page-turner about the need for love, and the search for redemption... If you like a fast-paced thriller but want more – then buy this book"
Martine Bailey, author of An Appetite for Violets

"Snatches my interest and my emotions and never lets go..."
Thorne Moore, author of A Time for Silence

"It is part love story, part allegory, part thriller and part mystery. It has layers of political history. These aspects combine wonderfully into a brilliant read. I absolutely loved this book.... Someone Else's Conflict is, ultimately, about humanity and I can't praise it highly enough."
Linda's Book Bag

"Just sometimes you read a book that stands out. This one did... I really loved this book."
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ISBN: 9781909983120
Language: English
Categories: Crime / Mystery / Thriller, Fiction, Novels
First Published by Honno: 6th November 2016

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