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Have a go hero alert!
on 4 January 2014
From the description this book sounded right up my street, having loved booked like "The Kite Runner" and "Cutting for Stone".
It felt as though Addison couldn't make his mind up between wanting to write a legal thriller and an emotional tale of two sisters separated from their family after the Tsunami, driven into a very dark life.
The writing was cold and lacked emotion but more than this I found it hard to like the "hero" of the book. The whole way through this book, the lead character Thomas managed to conjure up a brainwave that lead him miraculously onto solving the next stage of the mystery.
Without giving away too much, the whole situation went from a safe home environment to disaster, followed by what should have been a harrowing read (the bad characters lacked development and didn't come across as bad as they should have), and ultimately concluding way too fast and with a very unrealistic ending! Disjointed and lacked detail, this book could have been set anywhere in the world and you wouldn't know the difference.
I feel as though this should have remained a legal thriller set in the USA, as this would most likely have worked out more convincing. Only one scene did it's job in shocking and educating me, which is why this doesn't get 1/5!
Due to the high rating on Amazon I picked this for book club, and most of the group also hated it. Only 4/17 would bother to read something by Addison in the future. I'm not convinced this appeals to a UK audience, with the way it all conveniently falls into place, journalistic style writing (vague), and with it's main character being such a self proclaimed hero.
My advice is to download the sample, although the chapter about the girls sets it up well; if you find the chapter about Thomas a drag, many other chapters continue in this style.