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Undeniably effective page turner,
This review is from: Terminated (Paperback)
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Gwen Farris gives truculent and difficult employee, Stephen Tarbell a bad review, telling him he must improve if he wants to remain with the company, Pace Pharmaceuticals. To say that Stephen Tarbell does not take this well is the mother of all understatements. That day, he accosts Gwen in the parking lot and puts a knife to her throat, demanding that she changes the review to a more favourable outcome.
So, you would expect Gwen to go the Police. But she doesn't. After consulting with her employee, she allows them to get their private security firm, PSI, to handle the situation. Now this seems like a huge, soggy implausibility. But the back jacket assures us that this is based on true events. Nevertheless, I struggled to accept that after being molested in this fashion, someone would not go the cops.
And then, PSI is compromised when Tarbell is able to blackmail one of PSI's officers and therefore have an alibi when and where it is needed. Again, this seems awfully unlikely. And then, Tarbell's actions become increasingly heinous as his campaign against Gwen and her family intensifies. He seems remorseless and unstoppable as the Terminator, and as cunning and as manipulative as Satan. And yet, his backstory is of an abused child, emotionally stunted, at war with the world. It shouldn't work, it should all be laughable.
And yet, this is an incredible adrenaline inducing page turner. It's amazing how the pages melted away. Events are truly shocking, and there are many rug pull moments. You are never quite sure on whose side the denouement will fall. It is a thriller that delivers. To sum up, you'll shake your head at the apparent absurdities, and yet the pages blur by as you devour the novel, hooked.
Undeniably, very effective.