Top positive review
Easy to read, packs a punch, decent thriller
15 December 2012
Nowhere to Hide follows on from Trust No One. I haven't read Trust No One but didn't struggle to get straight into the plot of Nowhere to Hide. Obviously there are a few gaps in the back history of the characters and plot if you don't read the books in the proper sequence, but Alex Walters does a good enough job of linking them together to prevent any major holes. This is an enjoyable, strong, masculine thriller with a lot of cat and mouse, violence and police procedure set against strong themes of trafficking and assassination. I was happy to find a crime thriller set in Wales, makes a refreshing change from Glasgow, London and Belfast where most books of this genre seem to be set. I particularly enjoyed the dialogue which is constantly choppy, sharp, believable and helps to add a lot of pace to the plot though, to be honest, Nowhere to Hide's packed with enough energy and movement you'll never feel bored. The characters of Marie Donovan and DI Jack Brennan are well worked. They're troubled individuals packed with self doubt, both out on a limb and there's a real sense that at any moment one of them could have a complete meltdown. The plot remains strong throughout as layer upon layer of murder, secrecy and police corruption is explored and ultimately, it's Marie Donovan who becomes the catalyst for the final twist. A generally sound thriller, easy to read and packs a punch.