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Torn from her life as a successful business woman, Cara Fraser is sucked into a vortex of secrets. Secrets which drive the poor and displaced to gamble their lives on hazardous journeys to the shores of Europe. Cara’s past as a refugee of the former Yugoslavia compels her to risk everything to bring the truth to light. The point of no return is reached and Cara must get off the grid. And with a single window of opportunity, she hatches and executes a plan to expose the secrets in her possession. The consequences of which will rock governments, stock markets and central banks.
Unseen circles of power in London and Washington will stop at nothing to thwart Cara from laying bare corruption at the centre of high finance. With the clock ticking, Cara’s life and that of her ten-year-old niece are on the line. From the spotlight of media attention focused upon Lampedusa and the orphaned girl plucked from death in the Mediterranean, to political collusion and the manipulation of the press, a collision course is set. Kidnapping, murder and the election of the new President of the European Central Bank weave together in a rollercoaster of intrigue and suspense.
An intensely exciting mystery thriller that fires on all cylinders, The Migrant is one of those rare novels that promises much and over delivers. Getting darker and murkier as it goes along, Forbes bends its offbeat plot into so many clever and well-conceived twists that you actually have to pay attention - something very few thrillers seem to demand nowadays - to understand its progression and enjoy the multiple payoffs at the end. The expected genre tropes are present but it’s a measure of how well Forbes succeeds in putting us in his protagonist’s shoes that they never feel trite or familiar. Plausible and authoritative, there’s definitely much to commend it with an intelligent narrative, momentum and contemporary story arc which echoes world events, but Forbes is careful not to overplay his hand, especially with Cara and her niece where he never arrives at an emotional plateau. Equally as important, he knows how to embrace exposition and incorporate detail in a way that unspools naturally and ratchets up the suspense.
A novel that’s sure to meet the expectations of genre junkies, The Migrant proves a powerful and compelling introduction to the words of Mason N.Forbes and is highly recommended.
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Mason Forbes is a Crime Fiction writer. A life-long passion to understand human psychology is evident in his writing and he draws heavily on the moral dilemmas present in the individual and society. He was born and grew up in the United Kingdom and is of Anglo-German-Irish heritage. After university he worked in industry for a number of years before moving to live in Germany where he successfully ran his own business. Forbes now lives UK and is married with two children. When not involved in family life and tending to three dogs, he dedicates his time to writing. He has written three stand-alone thrillers; The Strontian Factor, Bitter Sweet and The Migrant, and a novella; Refugee.