I’ve finished this excellent book. I highly recommend it. Either as a BIB or go and read all about it, but read it anyway.
I would have finished this sooner, but life got in the way. I had hit my tipping point (about 80% of the way through) about a week ago, but there were things that needed doing and I just couldn’t get back to the book. I knew that if I found some time it would have to be significant enough for me to finish it. It was there in the back of my mind ticking away, building up my anticipation, and prolonging the agony and ecstacy of finishing a good book.
Did it live up to all my expectations. I would say yes mostly. As you can see from the Bibliograph, it took a little dive at the end, but then it’s difficult to maintain a book this good. In no way was the end disappointing, just not as great as the rest. The story was so well thought out that most of the trail of breadcrumbs were gathered in, and even though the book is 700 dead tree pages long, it had the feel of a very well edited book. Not much is wasted in there.
Interestingly I like the main character. Which given surprises me as I haven’t normally found this kind of character sympathetic. He has the feeling of being a whole person (even if not with your average life story). His protagonist too (as I have mentioned before) has depth and I found myself having some sympathy with him too.
Where does this book belong in my top 10? Definitely in there. I’m not sure if I’m damning this book with this but.. I’d put it alongside and above “The Da Vinci Code”. Definitely better because it’s more relevant. It was very believable (mostly) and topical. I’d almost be able to find a news story a day that was relevant to it.
You can also see from the bibliograph that my enjoyment of the book was high all the way through, and the pace of progress was pretty constant. I think Terry Hayes will have a hard job coming up with a follow up to the same standard, but I for one am a convert and will eagerly await his next novel. (I hope he’s going to write one, I’ll have to go and look him up now).