The Third Person

‘This isn’t some kind of ‘dear John’ letter. I’m coming back again.’ But Amy Foster didn’t come back. That note on the kitchen table was the last that her boyfriend, Jason, heard of her. At first, he had let her have her space but as the weeks turned to months the worries had set in…and eventually he went after her. What he found appalled him. It seems that Amy had had a secret life on the internet and had met some people she shouldn’t have. And one of them took her. Now Jason sits at home and cruises the same horrific websites that she once walked through to find her kidnapper. But when he lays a trap for a monster that he meets in a chat-room he gets more than he bargained for. He finds that nothing in this story is as it seems and that the clues lie in the mistakes of his own past… (from Amazon)


“The most extraordinary first novel I’ve read for a while … I won’t waste time trying to give you an outline of this indescribable mixture of near-future satire, detective story and psychological horror. I’ll just say that writing of this quality and originality doesn’t come along very often – if you don’t read Mosby this year, you’ll be reading about him next year, so why not get a head start?”
(Mat Coward, Morning Star)

“a seedy novel with an oily aftertaste”
(Andrea Thompson, Murder and Mayhem Book Club)

“Recent publications that have more original stabs at characterisation include Steve Mosby’s intriguing The Third Person. Mosby’s first novel has as its lead character a typical Brit bloke – low self esteem, crap job and a girlfriend he doesn’t appreciate until she walks out. Possessed of a genuinely new idea for a thriller, Mosby has created a lead to match. Comparisons to Heart of Darkness are almost always ill-judged, but the novel, convincingly set in the near future, manages the journey from ordinary life to the rotten heart of the world very well.”
(Sunday Star-Times, New Zealand)

“It is not, unfortunately, particularly to my taste, but that is just the word of one rather squeamish reviewer.”

“Mosby … without doubt, shows great promise as a writer. His composition is slick, to say the least. Sadly, though, I found The Third Person all a bit too much, to stomach, that is. Each of us has a different tolerance level to violence, whether it is graphically overt or implied. I found I had reached my limit with this novel which explores the filth that lurks in cyberspace … you will need to grit your teeth through some of the detail. Ultimately, is that good crime fiction? You decide. I’m copping out.”
(Courier News, Australia)

‘Debut novelist Mosby has packed a complex, sometimes bewildering plot with brilliant ideas. His book is fiercely orginal, truly intriguing. This is speculative fiction at its reckless best.’
(Philip Oakes, Literary Review)

“This is the kind of book that forces you to be harsh – somebody wants to sit this guy down and say NEVER WRITE ANYTHING AGAIN. Or – prior to his unleashing anything else on the world – ensure that the book is edited by a marine drill sergeant – the guy from Full Metal Jacket should do the trick. Let’s just all save ourselves a lot of time and effort and never speak of this again.”

”A cracking futuristic thriller.”
(Irish Examiner)