4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An extremely enjoyable read!,
This review is from: The Expendable Man (Paperback)
Although a thriller, 'The Expendable Man' is never overdramatic and the situation in which the protagonist (Hugh) finds himself is totally believable. It was this which really heightened the tension of the book whilst I was reading it and kept my eyes glued to the page. It realistically brings to life the suspicion underlying 1960s, American society, as well as creating a vivid sense of the LA and Phoenix urban landscapes. Hughes beautifully develops her characters, managing to be understated yet wholly engaging - Hugh is a character any reader could strongly identify with. Whilst providing the thrill of other great crime novels, it is also tender and thought-provoking. It goes beyond most books in the genre and makes the reader question their own stereotypes and presumptions. One of the best books I have read in a long time and a must-read.