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One May evening in London, as a result of a chance encounter and a split-second decision, the young climatologist Adam Kindred loses everything - home, job, reputation, passport, credit cards, money - never to get them back. 

With the police and a hit man in merciless pursuit, Adam has no choice but to go underground, joining the ranks of the disappeared, struggling to understand how his life has unravelled so spectacularly. His journey of discovery will take him along the Thames from Chelsea to the sink estates of the East End. 

On the way he encounters aristocrats, priests, prostitutes and a policewoman - but will he ever find himself again?

©2009 William Boyd (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Good, but not the best William Boyd

I love William Boyd. Restless is in my top five novels or all time and many of his others make my top ten. This was ok, and if it had been written by someone else, I might have scored it higher, but I was measuring it against his better books and for me, it fell short.

The story is intriguing and draws you straight in. It cleverly grew from being an isolated incident to a Big Pharma scandal, and was full of strong characters and interesting developments. But I was never gripped in the way I usually his books usually do and that annoyed me. I wanted to be up till three in the morning unable to stop listening, but I wasn't. Ultimately, I wanted to know what happened but had I misplaced the book on a train, I wouldn't have replaced it to finish (I might have googled the ending!).

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