Poignant and incredibly powerful,
Ness not only entertains but leaves
us deep in thought.
Gavin's life will be turned upside down. He joins a company to work on a product that will revolutionise the food industry. His initial gut instinct is to walk away until he discovers one of the company directors is the former love of his teenage life. The financial implications are global and incredible. Powerful individuals and countries are prepared to kill as they compete to seize control of the company. Corruption at high levels, a deadly flaw in the product, and the stakes jump higher and higher. Against overwhelming odds, Gavin must rescue his former love from the hands of an evil cult as they prepare her for a living nightmare.
A high octane biomedical thriller where the pace rarely wanes, Bickerstaff returns with Deadly Secrets and it’s sure to be met with approval by his many followers. The first release in his new Gavin Shawlens series Bickerstaff knows how to build suspense which reveals both the psychological truth and heart of a story and it makes for a powerful narrative. In its broad strokes it captures the traditional tropes of the genre but in his incisive portrayal of cults and corporate greed he elevates his plot to cross multiple subgenres whilst revealing the confidence and adeptness with which he writes. Stirring and crisply intelligent he does a sterling job with respect to putting the reader inside the minds of his characters and no less than with Gavin Shawlens. With the tendency these days towards coarser and less perfect protagonists he is intrinsically appealing with Bickerstaff leaving room for further development. More importantly, he believably conveys the rising tension and stakes in play which is always the mark of a strong lead.
Bickerstaff at his best, Deadly Secrets will certainly appeal to thriller junkies who apprieciate well crafted and intelligent reads.
It is recommended without reservation.
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