Title: Without Trace
Author: Simon Booker
Page Count/Review Word Count: 410
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
Two things convinced me to read this book – the first was that the story line sounded interesting, and the second was that it’s published by twenty7, who’ve sent me a few awesome books before. I’m pretty impressed by what’s coming out from them, and I hope they send me some more.
Loosely speaking, the story follows what happens when a woman campaigns for the release of her childhood sweetheart, who’s imprisoned for a murder that she believes he didn’t commit. Eventually, he’s released, but shortly afterwards, our protagonist’s teenage daughter disappears.
This book is the first Morgan Vine thriller, a new series of books coming soon from Simon Booker. I enjoyed this one so much that I’m looking forward to reading the next one, and I hope that I get to read it. Whilst Booker does a great job of tying up all of the loose ends here, there’s still plenty of room for new developments, and Morgan herself has a number of choices to make.
I just couldn’t give this book anything lower than a nine – it’s very well written and a lot of fun, full of plenty of twists and turns. It’s also kind of a detective novel and kind of not, and I like the way that the author plays with genre. It’s fun to see him flexing his authorial muscles, and if this first book is anything to go on then this is a series to keep an eye on.
It’s also interesting to note that despite the length of this book, it’s a lot of fun to read, and it never feels tedious – in fact, it forces you to keep on reading, because there’s always something just waiting to happen. The foreshadowing is great, the characterisation is good, and I’d be up for re-reading it again sometime in the future.
So there you have it – it’s a strong start from Simon Booker, and definitely a book that I’d recommend if you’re interested in thrillers, and crime. Another interesting thing to note about it is that it’s contemporary, too – it refers to current popular culture, as well as technology and stuff in a way that feels refreshing. It’s a nice surprise to be sent books like this. Big up twenty7 books!