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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. As the main character goes from Dublin to Amsterdam, in the search for someone who was close to him in his past, there are numerous cultural references portraying the many unique aspects of the Dutch culture, seen through the eyes of an Irishman. The author effectively exploits the feeling of not quite fitting in, that anyone who had the chance to live abroad, would identify with. This is an approach that was skillfully used by Hungarian author Ferenc Karinthy, who pushed it to an extreme in the jewel of a book that is Metropole.
The meticulous, precise, and acerbic style gives this book its flavour. and rhythm. It is a carefully structured story, in which every twist and turn have been diligently crafted. In as much as the book starts slowly as the scene is being set up, the pace dramatically increases as the characters reveal the many layers of their personality and their past....leading to the unexpected twist at the end.
Had this novel not been self-published, and subjected to the eagle eyes of a professional fiction editor, some of the stylistic quirks would have been ironed out. Some of the weaknesses of the style, such as repetitions, which do not always take full advantage of the fact that sometimes saying less is saying more, or some of the comparisons that are somewhat candid, in hindsight, reinforce the authentic charm of a first novel. No better proof is that these issues no longer appear in his second novel The Shattered Conscience.
I picked this book up, as I had a free weekend of reading ahead of me. It was fortunate, as I could not put the book down. I enjoyed discovering the depth of the well-established characters and the accurate portrayal of human relationships between the protagonists. Finally, the underlying theme of the grief associated with the loss of a loved one makes the story even more convincing and deeply touching.
I cannot wait for the next Darren Sugrue novel. I highly recommend this book.
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.
I won this book from BookLikes.
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.
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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