Top critical review
on 6 April 2012
I normally love Jeffrey Archer's novels, he's a marvellous storyteller with lots of twists and turns that leave you wanting to read just a few more pages to find out what happens next, but this book left me feeling that Mr Archer is finally losing the plot!
It took me a little while to get into it, and although it was an easy to read, reasonably good cat and mouse story, with the heroine staying one step ahead of the baddies all the time, it was just so unbelievably inconceivable in places I found it quite annoying. We have a young woman fired from her job working for an unscrupulous and fraudulent banker, who manages to escape from the 80th floor of the North Tower just as the plane goes into it during the terrorist attack on The Twin Towers. She then flies all around the world to London , Romania, Tokyo and London again, before returning to the States, all paid for out of her own pocket presumably, in order to keep her ex-boss from getting his hands on a £70m Van Gough painting he's swindled from The Wentworth Estate in England to pay off the Estates's astronomical loan with him! There are so many other impossibly ridiculous situations along the way, far too numerous to list without totally giving the plot away, but when a prisoner charged with multiple murders escapes from a high security prison hospital and leaves the country with nothing more than a forged passport containing a Polaroid photo stuck in with glue, I realised Mr Archer is seriously insulting the reader's intelligence!