Shortlisted for Theaksons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year, 2008.
John Meron, a happily married father of two who's never been in trouble, receives a phone call that will change his life forever: his friend Jack Galley, a high-flying City lawyer, is screaming down the phone for help. As Meron listens, Galley is murdered. His last words, spoken to his killer, are the first two lines of Meron's address.
Confused and terrified, Meron scoops up his children and hurries out of the house. Just in time. Within minutes, a car pulls up outside, and three men get out. It's clear that they're coming for him. He's being hunted and has no idea why. And with his wife missing, an unidentified corpse in her office, and the police after him for murder, his life is about to get one hell of a lot worse...
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©2006 Simon Kernick; (P)2007 WF Howes Ltd
A Richard and Judy Book Club selection.
When buying my monthly allocation of audio titles, I generally opt for those from the Crime & Thrillers section, so have a broad experience of this genre. I hadn't heard of this author before but chose to download this title on the basis that it had been shortlisted for an award and that the sample was tantalising to listen to. My expectations were therefore high and the book far exceeded them. Its pace was truly 'relentless' so much so that at times I was more than reluctant to turn off my iPod. After the book finishes, there is the added bonus of a conversation between the author and the actor who read it and who had done such a masterly job. This nicely rounded-off the positive listening experience I was was so sorry had ended. Thank you Audible, thank you Simon Kernick and and thank you Paul Thornley!
At first I thought this was just going to be a light-hearted and forgettable drama but it developed into a fast-paced and enthralling thriller with plenty of plot twists to keep me coming back to listen at every opportunity. The mundane background of the main protagonist and the south east suburban setting add an entertaining and novel dimension. The narrator does an excellent job of bringing the various well-rounded characters to life. Highly recommended.
Loved 'A good day to die' and this was by far better. Fast, pacey and lots of twists. the 'hero' is so much not a hero, as realistic as you will get no superhero stuff just your average IT Consultant who gets scared, confused and angry. his actions are what you will get with a family man who has never been in trouble all his life. No good at this stuff really basically just absolutely loved it, just wish more of Simon Kernick's books get on here as unabridged downloads. A++++
This is the first book, by this author, that I've tried and I'll certainly be buying more as I was hooked from the start by the literally relentless pace of the largely first-person narrative. The style reminded me of Robert Goddard at his best with twists and turns in the fate of the main characters with double-crossing and surprises along the way. The story was so compelling I finished it quickly over a very few days, even though it's a long book. It's excellently read, which always adds to the enjoyment of audio books.
My first Simon Kernick book as recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint!!
I drive alot with work so love my audio books, I found myself sitting in the car when I had arrived as I couldn't bear to turn it off. The narration is perfect for the characters and keeps up with the pace of the story. Well written and read 110% recommend this to anyone who likes a heart racing thriller.
Will read anything within reason.
If there is a book that tells you how to write a fast paced, exciting thriller, Simon Kernick has clearly read it and taken on board most of the rules. This is the tale of an ordinary man who really shouldn't be involved with murderous criminals, but one day, through no fault of his own, finds himself in mortal danger. The action starts from page one and although the pace is maintained, the story still introduces some engaging and compelling characters along the way. Paul Thorley reads this with just the right sort of London accents (i.e. believable) and does a great job of keeping up the excitement. This is one to listen to when you want to give your brain a rest and allow it to enjoy itself for a change.
I have spent the last 2 days lost in this book whilst painting. It was good from the start and beautifully read by Paul Thornley he manages to get just the right tone and atmosphere into his voice and builds tension and emotion into the story with his reading. The plot is fast and furious (what more would one expect), with an unlikely character being pushed into a scenario far from his comfort zone. A good listen would recommend it to anyone who does not mind a bit of violence and is not squeamish.
This is a fast pacing story,it gets you gripped from the beginning,very twisty gets you thinking who did it,makes you think this could easily happen to anyone,a great thriller!
Cliche crashes headlong into cliche without shame or regard for the sensibilities of the poor reader. The implausible and overtly manufactured plot lurches forward only thanks to the hapless and feckless main protagonists total absence of common sense, intelligence or normal human response. His behaviour is so extremely devoid of reason that it could only have been explained by an extensive subplot detailing a past history of criminal behaviour accompanied by brain injury.
I chose this book based on what seemed to be excellent reviews. If you love Dan Brown then this is the author for you. But if you have even a shred of literary taste and a regard for the style and form of the English language stay far, far away...
The premise was interesting - a good idea that could have been better executed. The story carries you along to some extent but ultimately, for me, it failed to convince. Characterisation was thin and I never really warmed to the characters.
Performance was good except that when in the first person he tended to be a bit whining. Although the character has plenty to whine about I would have expected more nuance given the unexpectedness and trauma of the circumstances he is facing. One other minor irritant was the repeated pronunciation of "Daniels's" rather than "Daniels'."
Not really. certainly wouldn't listen for a second time, unlike most of the books I have bought.
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