- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 834 KB
- Print Length: 295 pages
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (13 Nov. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007GFGQUU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 248 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,260 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
Author Simon Wood has produced a dark brooding novel that is actually quite exciting. We know a faceless assassin is out to get Michaels but we don't know the reason why. He sold his soul to an insurance company and now they want a return on their investment. Is it his ex-lover or his wife behind it? The character you feel most for is the wife, Kate. She seems blissfully unaware of what her husband has been up to and can't seem to cope when she finds out. Belinda, his bit on the side, cannot seem to accept their affair is over whilst the hitman taunts his target.
This could be seen as a book of two halves. The first part is the mystery as to what is going on, and the second, after we find out who is behind it, is `the chase' element that finds the main protagonist trying to locate the elusive assassin, attempting to convince everyone of what's happening and to discover why he's being targeted. This won't be the best thriller you'll read (and I wouldn't put it in the crime genre) but Wood has incorporated most aspects of its type and though there isn't anything here that you won't have come across before - you'll telegraph the finale but that doesn't matter as the cinema has virtually worn out the same ending - it's how you reach that denouement that counts.
Well worth a look.
All of these are intriguing threads which were enough to make me pick up and then persevere with the book. It starts well with an action-packed opening sequence; a car shoved into a river, the first of many maybe accidents. But the writing never quite sparkles; there's no real sense of danger, of calamity, of panic as the bonnet hits the water and the car starts to sink and the driver's life might end in a gasp and a gurgle and a last desperate attempt to breathe all too liquid river water...
Instead it kinda plods along from one scene to the next. The noose tightens around our protagonist as past mistakes don't so much come back to haunt him as turn up in high heels demanding sex or revenge (or maybe both). Again, there's little tension to the action.
The book certainly has all the ingredients of a good thriller; just not quite the polish of execution required to bring it off. Even the introduction of a second hitman failed the raise the game. So while I read it to the end, curious to see if the true villain got his comeuppance, it was with a curious sense of detachment, and no real affection or involvement with the hero. The writing plods at time and the dialogue feels artificial. None of the characters come over as real people.
So it'd kill a few hours on a plane, but although the author has written several other novels, I won't be seeking them out.
But, I have to say, this is my second Simon Wood book and I am now officially hooked.
I've read the other reviews which seem to say the book isn't exciting but I disagree.
I like Simons writing style, he isn't being poncy and up himself, he writes in a really easy to read way and I don't find myself caught up in knots trying to figure out what the hell he means.
The story line is good, I am never quite sure which person to trust and the twists have had me gasping out loud. Much to the amusement of innocent passers by.
I like that the story is easy to read. If you want a book that ties you up in knots with big fancy words and pretension, then Simon isn't the author for you. There is a story and Simon tells it without the need for the usual overboasting overuse of descriptive words. Some authors (as Peter Griffin says) Insist upon themselves.
I love these books, I am getting all of them and I am dreading when I've finished them all.
Keep it up Si....more more more!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not got round to reading this one yet, but it's on my listPublished 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
Excellent story to read
A must to every one would read another one of his books very good story thank you