by Jeffrey Deaver

  • I read it between Jan 29 & Feb 4, 2018

I wish I’d written this ...

... because, while it has its faults, it's incredibly exciting!

This sizzles along at a breathtaking pace and is packed with genuine thrills. The twists and turns are fabulous ... until the big climactic one, which in my opinion was unnecessary. There's much here that, on reflection, is rather implausible, but until that final twist the author gets away with it by virtue of the excitement he provides. Also, great characterisation, particularly in the case of the hitman, a particularly chilling individual, who provides many a highlight ... but who's also key to the novel's biggest disappointment (I won't provide spoilers but suffice to say the author took matters a step too far). Best scene in the book: a thrilling bomb-on-board plane ride that literally had me holding my breath. Not many novels have that effect!

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About Mark Hodder

Mark Hodder is the author of the Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF SPRING HEELED JACK and its sequels, and of the first officially sanctioned Sexton Blake novel to have been published in nearly half a century (he created and maintains BLAKIANA: The Sexton Blake Resource). He also writes short stories, flash fiction and vignettes. Find out more on his Patreon page. Mark was born in the UK but currently lives in Valencia, Spain, with his partner and two children.