Now this was a thriller and a half! It began like a crime novel, with a man abducted while walking home to his loving family. Then it turned into science fiction. However, the theme of the book is the impact of all the different choices we make in life and how love is at the core of everything that matters.
The fast pace, present tense, sharp sentences and sense of paranoia ensure that this book is a gripping thriller. It’s unusual though in its breaking out of the genre into something emotionally powerful yet mindbending in scope. The plot can’t be described much without spoiling it. I wasn’t expecting so many strange twists. The blurb barely gives an indication that this is not your average thriller. I think this novel is a great achievement. There’s some violence but it’s not gratuitous, by which I mean that it fits the themes. I liked the characters and also the setting, Chicago. Occasionally there were some weird choices of words – one that stands out is that someone ‘killed’ a bottle of water (i.e. drank it) – but in general it was very readable.
Recommended if you’re looking for a thriller with a difference.
First published in 2016.