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When Brioni O’Brien agreed to help Cressida Howard find evidence that her husband was cheating on her, she had no idea what she was signing up to. Laurence Howard is the CEO of lifestyle conglomerate Ferryman, and if what Brioni has discovered is correct, he is also quite the ladies’ man as well as a deeply unscrupulous businessman. With blackmail, data selling, blackmail and possibly murder all coming to light, Cressida and Brioni have their hands full trying to untangle the web of lies and deception.
This is not the most revolutionary murder mystery/thriller of the decade. However, having said that, I found it to be a solid story, very compelling and surprisingly fun.
There are a surprising amount of threads which all come together quite nicely in the end. I started to get worried halfway through that it wouldn't all work and that there were just too many mini storylines, however I felt that by the end the story as a whole really did create one big picture.
I enjoyed the setting a fair amount, Laurence’s tangles work / social life was very interesting and the rural setting of Brioni’s cabin was lovely. The contrast of city and country add a nice element to the story.
I think that if you like quick thrillers, this is an enjoyable story. There are exciting elements, fun twists and interesting implications. Sam Blake has a good way of writing the world we know in a reasonably familiar way without being boring. Not my top read of the year (or month) but I did enjoy this, and would read more from Sam Blake in the future.
I would recommend this to those who enjoyed the Dark Room, fans of Megan Miranda and Kate Atkinson.
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