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an outstanding stressfest! Superb reading, brilliant writing, I'm now an offical addict
on 16 March 2014
Bonfire Night is an exceptional crime thriller. I was sucked in the moment I started it, liking Jeff immensely. This plot is so extraordinary because it has many layers of human interaction, taking us into the difficult world of a simple man, Paul Mason, and how his estranged brother Jeff tries to build a relationship with his only living relative after their father dies. This was so convincing, and so realistic, that it read as if it was happening. The filth, the surroundings, the body odour, it was all so palpable that the entire situation felt tangible.
On every level I was emotionally involved in this novel, I desperately wanted the killer to be apprehended and nailed, and you feel vindicated at the end of the novel only to have the supreme crime author play devil's advocate on my mind once again. From the get go you have the evidence presented, you know 'who did it', but you're along with Jeff while he follows clue after clue, finding his family has deep dark secrets, his brother has autism, and his job as a detective is in peril because he has a massive conflict of interest in the current case of the Bonfire murders.
In true crime writing grittiness there is death, there are twists, there are other characters involved who are hiding secrets, their pasts coming back for retribution, and there is a constant air of 'any second now something horrific is going to happen'. This is a really intricate plot that is so well thought out and communicated that I was wishing this was a movie because man it's so up my alley! I love books like this that consistently hold my interest, keep me up way past my bedtime (after 3 a.m., thank you Ricki!), and where at every juncture you are holding your breath, you're reading as fast as you can, flicking through the pages, desperate for resolution and answers.
I can't recommend this novel highly enough, it really is exceptional! It was gripping, compelling, dramatic, twisted, complicated, and all the shades in between. It held my unwavering attention to the last page, saddened by the casualties, and still wanting to know the rest of the story. The characters are ones you want to know about long after the case is closed. You want Dom to get a really good kick in the pants, you want Alan to get the high profile job, you want Kyle to end up in a car accident, you want to know about Jacob and Sue, as a reader I became so invested in this story that I really could have happily kept reading the sequel (lol, I don't know if there is one, but I doubt it would have this level of crime in it if it does).
That is the mark of a novel so well written that the characters are all ones I have an emotional reaction to. I really liked Frank, but I know that all novels must end and the glimmer of hope at the end must suffice. It was horrendous and stressful and brilliant! If you need a stay up all night stressfest then this is the novel for you! I'm reading another Ricki Thomas novel after this, because one book wasn't enough. I need another fix. This is novel crystal meth, be warned, it's addictive reading!