Author: Anthony Good
Genre: Fiction Thriller
Publication Date: 7 February 2019
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Hardcover: 416 Pages
I won a copy of this book for review through Readers First. My thanks to the publisher for the copy sent to me. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Michael lost his wife in a terrorist attack on a London train. Since then, he has been seeing a therapist to help him come to terms with his grief – and his anger. He can’t get over the fact that the man he holds responsible has seemingly got away scot-free. He doesn’t blame the bombers, who he considers only as the logical conclusion to a long chain of events. No, to Michael’s mind, the ultimate cause is the politician whose cynical policies have had such deadly impact abroad.
His therapist suggests that he write his feelings down to help him forgive and move on, but as a retired headteacher, Michael believes that for every crime there should be a fitting punishment – and so in the pages of his diary he begins to set out the case for, and set about committing, murder.
The book is laid out in the form of diary entries which Micheal has been tasked to record by his therapist Angela as a way to get down his thought’s and try to deal with his grief over the loss of his wife. I have to admit, because of this start, stop, slightly all over the place way of recording his memories, it did take me a little while to get into the rhythm and flow of this story. At one point I almost put this aside as a DNF. However, the premise of the book really did intrigue me so I persisted on as I was still really curious where it was going.
This is one of those books where I’m really glad I did carry on reading as once I was in the mindset of the main character Micheal I became fully immersed with the story that was being told. I had to keep reminding myself that this is a work of fiction because the thoughts and feelings of Micheal are so intense it’s almost as if I were actually reading the private thoughts of an actual person.
I went on a journey with Micheal though this book. I experienced his grief and anger and his decline as he becomes solely fixated on the murder of a politician. To read how Micheal rationalises his thought process and how he squares away with himself that what he is doing is morally right was actually terrifying.
I personally felt like the ending came a little abruptly and I’m still left with so many questions which in some books works fine but for me but I really felt like with this particular book I needed the answers to what happens next and how things conclude.
I’m rather baffled by this book as there are a lot of things I liked about it but I don’t feel like it’s finished. I read to the end so that’s got to say something that it kept my interest enough to want to finish but I feel a little deflated. Despite this, I would still recommend this book even if it’s for Micheal’s character alone as he really is like no other character I have read about.
About the Author
Anthony Good was born in Brussels in 1986 and grew up in Lisbon and London. He studied English at Oxford University and Creative Writing at UEA, where he was awarded the 2010 Man Booker Scholarship. He lives and works in London.
Anthony’s astonishing debut novel, Kill [redacted], was published in early 2019 by Atlantic.
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