GENRE: Fiction – Thriller
NUMBER OF PAGES: 422
SERIES / STANDALONE: A Thorny Rose Mystery Book 1
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of iRead Book Tours! Thanks guys!
Not having read the previous books by the same writer, involving the very set of characters in this book, I was a bit skeptical about understanding the relation between the characters. The writer stumped me by delivering a book that really could be read as a standalone though it is very much a part of the series.
Murphy, our super handsome protagonist, is a part of an elite secret military-ish group called the Phantom. Since he is a part of a secretive group – he actually is placed as a liaison officer with the crime investigation unit of the Navy. His first case – 5 women are murdered. One of which actually belongs to the Navy which is the prime reason he took up this case. Though they seem un-connected in the beginning, the share a common bond that Murphy needs to uncover to solve this crime. What began as a homicide investigation turns into a web of cover ups and other gruesome interconnected events. Eventually Murphy does solve the case, but at what cost?
This book is exactly my type of book. Given that every other writer somehow use the same sort of clinches when it comes to military based fiction, each book that I read with this type of story line, I am almost always reminded of some other book with a similar story line. Like for example, the use of Russian mob as the bad guys or a rat very much inside the organization who gives out all military secret, don’t these seem too familiar? I was quite surprised when this book actually didn’t remind me any other such book. Yes, this book also had the infamous (or so to say, the famous) Russian mob. The plot was original, fresh and fast paced in spite of the “traditional elements” employed which can normally be found in any other thriller of this genre. The USP of this story would be its unpredictability. When you think you have it all guessed up, the plot would change its course keeping you hooked. There were a lot of suspense twists and turns that kept the momentum up. Needless to say, the writing was simply perfect. One thing that writer needs to be lauded for is the humor she inculcated in the book. Minus those humorous parts, the book would have been one serious read.
Characterization was one thing that I was unsure of when I started reading this book. Much to my pleasant surprise, I was quite comfortable with all the characters and was able to comprehend their reasons and motives. Of course, I did feel I should have actually gone ahead and read the previous books just for the characterization as I realized the writer employed different members of the same family in her books.
MY SAY: A perfect fast paced thriller. Every thriller lover’s dream
PLOT : 9/10
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 1/10 (Lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 8/10
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