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on 7 December 2013
I've never written an Amazon review but due to how great this book is I thought I'd leave a few positive words for someone who is maybe looking for what I was. I've not a massive reader but when on holiday or bored of the Playstation I'll pick a book up. I'm usually disappointed in the books I read as they never go the way I want them too,that is until I read this book.

The only thing I can really compare this book too would be the films Seven or Saw, if neither of these films were already out this book would make a great film.

The very rough outline of the book is that the lead character gets back in touch with old school friends at one of their mutual friends funerals. They have an after party to drink to their friends memory,it all goes wrong from there. I won't go any further into this but it involves the main character saving his friends from traps that some nutter has put them in whilst trying to teach him something.

I'm not sure what other reviews mean when they say they couldn't guess the ending. I thought it was quite clear how it would end but the way it was delivered was amazing.

To sum up this book kept me more than interested,I loved reading it and was gutted when it was finished.

I hear he may be writing another book soon, I'll keep an eye out.

Cheers :)

PS. The reason I put the title as Surprisingly Great was that the book is so cheap I didn't expect much!
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on 20 April 2013
The only reason I purchased this book was it was under £1 and got decent reviews. However, having read it I would have paid rather more as I thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot is relatively simple but well put together and fast paced meaning I quickly found I didn't want to put my Kindle down (not good for lunch break reading!). I found myself engaging with the main character quite quickly and being drawn into his childhood and the awful situation he finds himself in which added to the gripping nature of the story. An added bonus is it was nice to read a good thriller which wasn't based in America-land!

The twist at the end of the book didn't entirely take me by surprise but it was clever (and I do have an annoying knack for guessing twists). My only complaint would be that I thought it was dealt with a little too quickly.

In short, for the price it would be foolish not to give this a go and I am looking forward to Mr Brown's next book.
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on 23 July 2013
Fantastic did not see that coming on the edge of my chair all the why through this book well worth a read :)
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on 11 February 2015
The morning after the funeral of one of his old school friends,peter wakes up in a cabin with no memory of how he got there.Suddenly a mobile phone rings and a person called Celo tells Peter that his remaining friends are being held prisoner and Peter has only a short period of time to save them or they will die.
I loved this book,the action is non stop as Peter races from one place to another frantically trying to save his friends, while at the same time as trying to work out who Celo is and why he has set up the deadly game of hide and seek.It is quite a short book but it rattles along and I honestly didn't see the twist coming,really loved the way the book ended even though I didn't want it to end.
If you like the traps and twisty plot of the Saw films,or Simon Kernicks race against time books then you will like this book.
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on 20 February 2013
What a fantastic read I've not read a book so fast in my life I just couldn't put it down- fantastic
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on 15 February 2013
First time I have ever written a book review but felt I had to as this was such a brilliant read. From the very first page I was hooked. I am normally pretty good at guessing the end results but have to say I never saw this one coming. Can't wait for Paul Brown's next book. It will have a lot to live up to.
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on 21 February 2016
This story is about a reunion gone wrong, when Peter goes back to town to a funeral he attends an after party with the “old gang”. Soon he finds himself in trouble that just seems to escalate further and further as Peter is pulled into Celo’s twisted game. Peter not only has to find each of his friends as quickly as he can before something bad happens to them, avoid the police (as he is suspected of being the killer) but he also has the twisted journey through his childhood memories trying to figure out who the real killer is and why they have picked him to torture.
For those that like psychological stories this is a great read and the pace is set almost instantly. The ending was very well written too and for those that really enjoy a clever twist will appreciate it. The whole book is laid out like a distorted puzzle with the reader and Peter trying to put all the pieces together. Reminiscent of the Saw movies that were out a few years ago.
I stumbled across this author by accident looking for something a bit different to read and at the time purchased the e-book was less than a pound, however I have to say it is worth much more than that. P.S.Brown’s writing is easily as good as the big name thriller writers. The descriptions were great (although a little graphic occasionally – I don’t mind that at all in this type of book), the characters were complex and the twists just kept coming. Everything you want from a good
My only tiny (and it is tiny criticism) was the endless chase scenes along with the descriptions of running up this alley and that street, over a fence, etc, although I can understand why the author included them for dramatic effect I actually found myself skimming over those parts to get to the next proper storyline as they seemed to slow the story down a little.
It is extraordinary that this is a debut novel from this author and I definitely look forward to reading more of his work.
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on 20 January 2016
I must admit I'm hovering between 2 or 3 stars for this one.

I liked the idea of the story and was eager to see how it all unfolded; there were parts of the book that I flew through and was eager to see what happened next.

Unfortunately I found the constant descriptions of the town and it's layout incredibly boring and struggled to see it in my mind's eye. There was a LOT of repetition around jumping walls and fences and various body parts hurting. There was far too much internal monologue from the main character, which ruined the flow of the book for me. (I understand that the main character is by himself for most of the book, but there must have been a better way!)

A lot of people have criticised the 'methods' by which characters were murdered of going to be murdered - but for these sorts of books I think it has to be a little beyond belief otherwise it would be pretty mundane.

Again, a lot of people have criticised the ending. I have to say I agree - it was far too rushed and left a few loose ends that I would have like to have had answered. I had a inkling of what was going to happen at the end, part of that comes from having read a lot of books like it and part comes from the 'twist' not being particularly well concealed. (To me that doesn't mean just not mentioning it, it means actively concealing it and throwing the read red herrings.)

Having now typed my review; I am going for a 2* review. I'm sorry - it just wasn't good enough even though I really wanted it to be.
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on 1 September 2015
I don't normally write reviews but thought this book deserved it. I won't go into detail about the plot as I find it spoils it for people all I will say is if you watched and liked the saw films you will love this book it is 100 times better,it had me gripped from the first chapter and kept me guessing for a change I thought I'd sussed it early on then just like peter Stevenson the main character I kept changing my mind and kept me gripped for the 2 hours it took me to read it. I would highly recommend this to anyone that like a good psychological /thriller/crime book.

I stumbled upon this author by accident when I bought wrong place wrong time which is also a good read when ifot into it and im looking forward to the next to instalments of rippley and cofey to see what they are getting up to, but im really hoping there's going to be a another book inbetween wirh more from peter Stevenson as I think theres a lot of places you can go with the character as when it came to the last pages it had me feeling like you only just touched the surface with him and you didn't want it to end there.
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on 29 June 2013
Thoroughly enjoyed this first book by paul brown. Held me in suspense from start with an unexpected twist at the end. Would recommend to other readers and would definately read other paul brown books when they come out.
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