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The Prediction: A Novel by [Sugrue, Darren]
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  • File Size: 1377 KB
  • Print Length: 437 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D2C11B0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
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The main theme of this book: facing one's own death is an eternal one. Incidentally, there was a French mathematician, called Abraham de Moivre, who famously calculated the day of his own death in 1754. However, what makes this novel based on such a timeless concept so contemporary is that it is inspired by the recent developments in complex systems science. The latter investigates how relationships between parts give rise to the collective behaviour of a system. I other words, with enough data and the right algorithms, scientists from that field could, in theory, model any phenomenon, including life expectancy and time of death.Until now, there has never been enough data or accurate enough algorithm to do so, which makes this book a work of tantalising fiction, edging towards reality.

Due to its deep grounding in the world of science, this story may, at first, appear to be a book that fits in the long tradition of campus novels, initiated by the likes of David Lodge with The Campus Trilogy (Vintage Classics). This particular style exploits the intricacies of academic life for dramatic effect.But the relation to the academic world is only a pretext, a backdrop used to progress the story. Make no mistake, this is a fully mature thriller.!

As the story develops, we suddenly have a feeling of being lost in translation, as the author exploits what appears to be his own experience of cultural differences between Ireland and the Netherlands, to give his narrative more colour, more spice.
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This novel has everything one could wish for. An exciting story, interesting characters, mystery, suspense, humour, sadness and a very clever twist in the story. Set in both Dublin and Amsterdam I loved the way the author describes the little idiosyncrasies of both cities. The characters are so well described and intricately linked in this wonderful story. The ending was completely unexpected.
I cannot wait for the next Darren Sugrue novel. I highly recommend this book.
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Would you want to know the date of your death? Would you do things differently if you did?

We all know that our life is not infinite and yet sometimes in our day-to-day lives, we tend to forget that. Darren Sugrue has written a mystery/thriller based around that concept. While it's certainly an excellently written, suspenseful, engrossing, just-try-to-put-it-down thriller with a completely unpredictable ending, it's even more than that. It touches on the heart break of losing a child, the pain of lost loves and lost dreams and the fears of a domestic violence victim. While your heart is racing from the suspense the book generates, it will also be touched by the emotional impact created. It's the type of book that the longer you think about it after you've finished reading it, the more you appreciate it. What a delight this book will be for book clubs to discuss!

Brilliantly constructed debut from an author I hope to read more of.

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"The Prediction" by Darren Sugrue is a true page turner. I could simply not put it away. Whenever I tried to, curiosity got the better of me and I had to continue reading in order to learn the answers to the many questions that keep arising while reading this book.

Who is the mysterious man at the supermarket? Where does the professor recognize the kid and his dog from, when he encounters them? Whose dates of death has the lead character yet predicted?

Sugrue's attention to detail, the in-depth description of the various characters, the events that connect them, and an intriguing plot twist which I would not have seen coming in a million years, make this a great work of literature. I can not believe it is the author's debut novel.

Additional details such as the author's love for the two cities where the story is set, Dublin and Amsterdam, and for fundamental values such as children and family, are obvious throughout the story.

I highly recommend this book. It will be an unexpected surprise. What will not be a surprise is when we will hear more of this author in the future.
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This is a very intriguing story with an unusual premise, Daniel is a young man whose thesis which predicts the date of death was rejected twelve years ago. However his old tutor, now a professor grieving for his young son, tries to get him to re-present it because one of the dates proved came true.

As a debut novel this is an excellent story which grips the reader from the beginning. The action runs along two plot lines in two cities, Dublin and Amsterdam, John and Claire’s grief for their young son which neither are handling well, and Daniel’s pledge to save his former lover, Grace from dying on the day he predicted all those years ago.

The characterisation is excellent, in that Daniel Geller is a mathematician and thus pays intricate detail to everything around him, which helps him discover what is really going on. The ending was unexpected and very clever, leaving the reader with a few questions and a couple of loose ends – I look forward to more from this writer.

My only criticism would be there is a lot of padding which slowed the tension in places. A shorter manuscript would certainly not detract from the gripping story.

I received an e-copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review
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