Tag: Technique

Louise Candlish – The Other Passenger | Review

Title: The Other Passenger

Author: Louise Candlish

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 411

Rating: 4/5

I was sent a signed copy of this book for free as part of a bookish subscription box that reached out to me, but I don’t think that will influence my review. Still, I guess that’s a disclaimer for you.

The theme of the box that I received was all about the commute and this was pretty much the perfect book for it because it was mostly set on the commuter boats that people take to get into the city. As for the genre, it’s basically as close to generic contemporary thriller as you can get, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

We have a lot of the classics tropes here, from an unreliable narrator to tons of twists and turns, complex interpersonal relationships and of course that little technique of jumping backwards and forwards through time to advance what’s happening in the present by bringing up something that happened in the past and which changes the way we look at things.

Other than that, I don’t really want to say too much about the plot, purely because as with most of these, half of the point is being taken by surprise. And I will say that while there were one or two things that I called pretty early on, there were also a couple of twists here and there that I didn’t spot.

It probably also helped that I received quite a nice edition of this, a hardback with the author’s signature in it, and so it was quite an aesthetically pleasing read, too. I can’t say that I’m the biggest fan of thrillers in general, as I tend to prefer either cosy mysteries, private detectives or gritty police procedural novels, but it certainly did the job and was a pleasant enough read, keeping me going until the end to find out the truth about what happened.

And that brings us on to the question of whether I’d recommend it or not, and that really depends upon the type of reader that you are. If you’re really into modern thrillers and you loved Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, you’re probably going to like this one. There are a ton of twists, more than I’ve seen in a novel of this size in quite a long time, and the characters are just warped enough to keep them interesting.

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Robert Thayer – The Apology of Arthur Tresbit | Review

Title: The Apology of Arthur Tresbit

Author: Robert Thayer

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 282

Rating: 4*/5

 

Robert Thayer - The Apology of Arthur Tresbit

Robert Thayer – The Apology of Arthur Tresbit

 

Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

This book is interesting because at first glance, I didn’t think I was going to like it. I’m not sure why – I suppose I made that age-old mistake of judging a book by its cover. Actually, I think that a trail of dominoes would have made a better cover image – it would be more visually appealing, and it would also directly reference the story. Although the current one kind of does the job, too.

This book is written in an interesting style – it’s humorous, but it’s also often informative. I feel like I learned a lot about the financial industry along the way, and Thayer actually did a pretty good job of deploying the technique of an unreliable narrator. Arthur Tresbit, the central character, is both believable and easy to sympathise with, even if he is also a bit of an idiot.

Loosely speaking, the book takes the form of Mr. Tresbit’s written apology after he accidentally brings down the global economy. I can’t actually say too much about how he does that without spoiling parts of the story line, but Thayer’s reasoning and his depiction are believable, whilst simultaneously being laughable. But the general gist is that he accidentally finds himself in the financial industry and that he brings down the entire system without meaning to. A bit like Arthur Dent, but with other people’s money to invest in pig’s teeth. Because hey – why the hell not, after all?

 

Austin Macauley

Austin Macauley

 

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