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- Listening Length: 13 hours and 52 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 7 Aug. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LU1D5PU
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I've been enjoying working my way through Michael Robotham's Joe O'Loughlin series recently, so grabbed the opportunity to read this new standalone novel. From the moment Audie escapes right at the beginning, the plot begins to twist and turn. I don't think it's a spoiler to say that the reader is very much on Audie's side - we're not sure why he ended up in jail, but we're soon convinced that he's an honourable man and his intentions must be good. As we follow him on his present-day mission, we gradually find out about his past - the brother whose drug abuse and criminality brought Audie under suspicion more than once, the crime lord he ended up working for, the girl he fell in love with. And it gradually becomes clear that these past events are in some way connected to the present.
The book is told mostly in the present tense but in the third person and, although Audie's is the main viewpoint, we also see through the eyes of Desiree, one of the FBI agents on the case, and Moss, a former prison-mate of Audie's.Read more ›
I won't summarise the plot since so many other reviewers have already done so. Suffice it to say that it is a good novel - not to my mind a thriller, but a well-writen book, with a likeable hero (Audi, the escaped prisoner with a big secret), pursuing cops (with personalities and their own agendas), love interest, and a well thought out storyline. However, for me, it was a bit confusing in places, and the story didn't really gather pace until the second half. At this stage, the story really did take off, and towards the end I couldn't wait to find out what would happen. Would Audi be vindicated? And if there were baddies, who were they, and would they get their come-uppance? What was the big secret?
In summary, I enjoyed this novel but with reservations. Just about 4 stars.
‘You want to know why he escaped, but that’s the wrong question. You should be asking why he didn’t do it sooner.’
Audie Palmer has his own reasons for escaping. These gradually become clear to the reader as the story unfolds. With so many people in pursuit, it seems unlikely that Audie will survive. Along the way he forms some fleeting friendships, some of which unfortunately end in death as those pursuing Audie are not concerned about collateral damage.
‘There are moments in life when important choices have to be made. If we’re lucky we get to make them, but more often they’re made for us.’
This is a fast-paced story which I could not put down. The characters are well developed and believable, the setting realistic. While the story is mostly from Audie’s viewpoint, we also see some aspects from Moss’s perspective, and from one of the FBI agents involved.Read more ›
During his time in prison, Audie’s closest friend has been Moss Webster. Now Moss finds himself sent to locate – and betray – his friend. Also on Audie’s trail is Special Agent Desiree Furness, while Sheriff Ryan Valdez (the man who nearly killed Audie after the robbery), of Dreyfus County, also offers to help with the search. During this fast paced, well plotted and exciting thriller, we are taken through Audie’s life and discover what happened ten years ago, what Audie hopes to accomplish, what happened to the money and why so many people want him dead?
I really enjoyed this novel, peopled with sympathetic main characters and which did not let down the pace from start to finish. This really is a roller coaster ride in every sense of the world and yet the author effortlessly holds together all the different strands of the plot; both past and present. If you enjoy really well written thrillers, then you will certainly enjoy this. I have never read anything by this author before, but as this is a stand-alone novel it is a great introduction to his work and I will certainly be reading more by him in the future. Lastly, I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not sure if it was just me but I couldn't get into this book at all and sadly gave up having got over half way. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jaynee
Very fast pasted story that had many twists & turns. I figured out two of them fairly easily but the story was so good I couldn't put it down.Published 7 days ago by Adele Mitchell
Michael Rowbotham never seen disappoints. The Joe Loughlin series are superb and this stand alone was just as captivating. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Steve T
For me, this is a return to form for Robotham; I felt that 'Watching You' and 'Say You're Sorry' lacked his trademark emotional punch, but fear not, it's back here. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andy Fordham
Not too bad, although there were many scenes that just seemed completely unrealistic.Published 2 months ago by Gingernut
Great read. Top thriller - well paced, flowed nicely, satisfying conclusion.Published 2 months ago by The_Man_The_Myth
Really enjoyable with lots of twists. Good caricters who you could empathise with. Couldn't put it down.Published 3 months ago by stephen thornton
An outstandingly hypnotic thriller, which will mesmerise the reader from beginning to end - there will be no putting it down once you start. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mrs Annemarie Macken
Another good story from Michael Robotham. Well written and well worth reading. Would recommend to anyone who likes ends tied by the end of the book.Published 3 months ago by JackieT