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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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We don't know at the start whether or not Audie is guilty of the crime for which he has served one day less than the ten years he was given when he escapes. But we really don't want him to be guilty. I certainly found it intriguing that someone would escape from prison the day before release, so kept on reading long into the night to find out why he would do that.
A couple of strange plot devices kept this from being an all out 5* thriller. Audie's prison mate, Moss, has a bit of a personality change, twice. I also thought Audie made a couple of choices that were a tad strange if he was trying to keep hidden from the authorities. But I liked him immensely and this has made me order the first in the Joe O'Loughlin series.
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 kept reading this one, intrigued. But having recently read The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair (on the surface, very different to Robotham's novel), the twists and conspiracies of that measured up in my eyes to be smarter and better thought through.
This isn't bad though, not at all. What a great premise for a start - a man put in prison for robbery and murder, about to be released, escapes the NIGHT BEFORE he is to be let go. WHY?! The money from the heist was never recovered,,,
Then his former cellmate finds himself released under dubious circumstances, told to find Audie, the missing prisoner. He knows something isn't right, but what? Moss and Audie both narrate segments, along with Desiree, a great 'little' character (speaking in height terms here, not demeaningly), she's spunky and could do with material devoted to her alone. Exceptionally short, she's had to push hard to succeed, and she is bright enough to realise that things don't add up with Aude's original conviction. Will Moss or Desiree turn up anything that shows Audie isn't what he is painted to be?
I never quite felt I understood everything that was going on, but did enjoy the surprises along the way. Audie is a little too saintly though (almost daily beatings in prison for ten years and he keeps his cool?!), and Desiree doesn't get much more do in in the second half than a few revelation scenes and a last-minute dash to the final confrontation moment. She could have been much more a part of it.
Some great minor characters, some of whom get despatched unexpectedly easily. Audie's backstory, when it finally comes, is a good one, very revealing and sad.
This was my first Robotham. I'm not normally much of a thriller/conspiracy reader, and won't read this genre much more often, but it makes a change from my usual reads and I'm glad to have tried a new author.
I was fortunte to meet Michael at a book event 16 July 2015 in Nottingham. I purchased this book for him to sign and apologised that I hadn't read anything of his at that time. He wrote "To Richard, This will be the first."
I think he was right.
Life or Death is a masterpiece of a pyschological thriller bringing muddled events into focus and making sense of a posed enigma: 'Why would a man escape from prison the day before his 10 year jail sentence was up?'
No praise is too high for this accomplished novel that grabs your interest from the outset, grips you around the throat taking your breathe away and if it hadn't already been known, would coin the term 'page-turner'.
Audie Palmer is a character not unlike Andy Dufresne and the book deserves as much attention as Stephen King's novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, and if it is made well, Life or Death will be a terrific film.
One of the books to have read in 2015; and an author to follow and read in the coming days.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a riveting story. Its on a par with the Shawshank Redemption. It would make a fantastic film. More like that please!Published 6 months ago by Maureen Goodwin
Excellent read. Very different to his UK psychological crime thrillers, which are brilliant. I really enjoyed the book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by R. Hugh Thompson
The book arrived well packaged and the quality was as described.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good introduction as I have only only read the sample so far.
It brought Oxford to life in this short passage.