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The Killing Pool
on 27 March 2013
"The Killing Pool" by Kevin Sampson.
I will not bother writing a Synopsis in this review; if you would like to know what this book is about, read the description or the fantastic review on here by Raven posted on 20/03/13 as that nails every aspect of the book's content. This review is merely about my interpretation and enjoyment of it.
I have never written a book review before but felt compelled to as people NEED to read this book!
Bearing in mind that I had fell out of love with reading and have struggled to have any form of literature captivate me in the last three or so years, this book has come at just the right time. Books were taking me six months to finish, reading "a few pages a night" became a chore rather than a pleasure.
It was with great `pleasure' however that I began reading `The Killing Pool' by Liverpool author Kevin Sampson. From the moment I read the first few pages, I was enthralled, lost in the dirty, seedy side of my hometown. I honestly found it difficult to put the book down. I'd read until my eyes were stinging, then as soon as I awoke, the first thing I'd reach for would be this book to continue where I'd left off the night before. I finished it in three days.
The story is set in three timelines (1984, 1997, and 2012). The `1984' story being one of the most thrilling pieces of writing that I have ever read. I felt like I lived that story. Culminating in the final scene in a restaurant in Chinatown, I was wholly consumed by the storyline and for the duration of those pages, nothing else mattered in the world.
The 1997 and 2012 stories are more settled, steady reads and introduce the main character (DCI Billy McCartney) who you just know that you are going to read a lot about over what could be a whole series of crime thriller novels. This being a very complex character that keeps the reader guessing until the very end.
I am very much looking forward to the sequel and will be booking the day off work following the release date as my life will no doubt be put on hold again throughout the duration of my reading.
This could be the platform for a long series of crime novels as all the characters are extremely interesting and complex and would have great stories to tell, for example - I'd love to read: "The Rozaki Brothers rise within the Liverpool underworld", "Alfie Manners: Toxteth '81", "DCI McCartney: The 1984 to 1997 files", "The story of Evan Portius Kavangh Esquire (aka Shakespeare)". I could go and on.
By far the most enjoyable book I have ever read. I really can't recommend it enough.