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Something Wicked (An Andrew Hunter Novel Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I bought this book on Kindle so I could read it before the new one out very soon. When I opened it on my kindle, it offered me the option to switch to audio. I had obviously forgotten that I already owned the Audible audiobook version. So I kinda half read / half listened to this book. An interesting experience and one I would not hesitate to do again given the right book/narrator combination. The narration of this was first class, Nigel Patterson has excelled with respect to characterisation and interpretation and I was carrying on his characters' "voices" in my head when I switched from listening to reading.
So, Andrew is a Private Investigator. He works alongside Jenny, his assistant. He is tasked with the job of discovering what happened to Nicholas Carr who disappeared on his 18th birthday a little while ago. His father Richard desperately wants him found. As Andrew and Jenny start to investigate, they are drawn into a strange world, one that becomes more dangerous as they uncover more secrets. Will they figure it all out in time, before the worse can happen?
In between working out what happened to Nicholas, Andrew is also on the case of a cheating husband, and that has its own set of difficulties / shenanigans. I found the inclusion of this case within the book worked very well as it allowed the author to build the characterisation of both Jenny and Andrew, giving them other facets of personality by showing rather than telling. As with the Jessica Daniel books (which I also love), Mr Wilkinson's characterisation here is again spot on. I especially love the banter between Andrew and Jenny. They have a great working relationship, albeit very guarded on a personal level. I do love great characters and I see in both of these the scope for some great development and backstory, another thing this author excels at.
The story itself was very well plotted and very interesting. It held my attention throughout. Plotting was tight and the storylines are well crafted. I really didn't see the book ending like that, not even an inkling. There are also some great comedy moments, some brilliant one liners and a fantastic description of extracting the orangy bit from a Jaffa cake (I can do it too btw).
All in all, the start to another winning series by one of my favourite authors. I'm off to read book 2.
I was slightly apprehensive as I LOVE all of the Jessica Daniels books but had mixed feelings regarding Wilkinsons only other non-Jessica book "Watched".
However, I was NOT disappointed!
The main character, Andrew Hunter, was introduced in the Jessica Daniels book "Playing With Fire" - however, if you havent managed to read that yet (why not?!) you can still enjoy "Something Wicked". There are small references to Andrews interactions with Jessica and readers familiar with Jessicas world with recognise the geography of the locations.
Something Wicked is a real page turner that I found hard to put down.... Wilkinson combines great storytelling with fascinating characters. In true Wilkinson style the story develops at a good pace until reaching a thrilling, fast paced climax of an ending.
Andrew Hunter and his assistant, Jenny, are asked to look into a 'cold' case of a missing teenager... missing apart from 3 fingers. Hunter has few clues to start searching with and at first it is difficult to see how the story will unfold but it does so in a surprising and effective way.
Normally I can tell who has 'done it' within the first few chapters of a book but here I was genuinely surprised by the ending.
No spoilers here!
I am really looking forward to the next installment in the Andrew Hunt story.... once again Wilkinson has created fascinating characters who have real depth and personality. Both Andrew and Jenny are feel like unique individuals - both heroes in their own right but also both with relatable flaws and darker histories that have only just been touched upon.
The story is set in Kerry’s familiar North and based around the search for an 18 year old who vanished 9 months ago. Grotesquely only three of his fingers have ever been found yet the police have given up the search as time has lapsed and there are apparently no new leads,
The Private Investigator tasked with finding the boy is Andrew Hunter, a character from an earlier Jessica Daniel book ‘Playing with Fire’. Andrew soon finds himself drawn into intrigue and mystery and as always with Kerry, the unpredictable.
From the opening chapter Kerry's description of places and events makes them come to life. As the plot unfolds the personalities of the characters are revealed in such a way that you find yourself empathising with them, reacting to their emotions as if you are there with them. He makes you feel a part of the story but just as you think you know who to believe and who to trust you are led in another direction.
Throughout there is also the interaction between Andrew and his new assistant Jenny, whose actions and reactions are to say the least, unusual. Andrew has to balance his work with elements from his personal life and for those who have not read about him before, some of his past is gradually revealed.
The book is paced in such a way that it is impossible to put down and after many twists and misdirection, and with tension building, an exciting, frightening and unexpected conclusion is reached.
This book is a must read for any Jessica Daniels fans and a brilliant introduction to the series based around Andrew Hunter.
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