The first thing that caught my eye about this book was the description. I liked the premise and thought it sounded different and unique.
I wasn’t prepared for how quickly I would read it nor how much I would get hooked on the plot after only a few pages.
His wife is sick.
He needs $200,000 to save her.
A mysterious man offers to give him the money with just one catch: He has to murder someone to get it.
Gary Foster’s life is finally heading in the right direction. After years of trying, his wife, Beth, is pregnant, and he recently opened a business with his brother. But one phone call changes everything….
After collapsing suddenly, Beth has been rushed to the hospital. Tests reveal a devastating diagnosis: an inoperable brain tumor. Their only hope is an expensive experimental treatment available abroad, with a cost that’s out of their reach. And Beth’s time is running out….
Then a strange man approaches Gary and offers the money he needs, on one condition: that he kill someone, no questions asked. End one life to save another.
In this nail-biting debut novel of domestic suspense, one man makes a choice that forces him to confront the darkest reaches of his soul and betray those closest to him. As he’s swept up in a nightmare of escalating violence, he must question his own morality—and determine just how far he’s willing to go to save the woman he loves (summary from Goodreads).
One of the things that stood out to me as I was reading was how much this book makes you question your own morals and ethics. I found myself wondering what would I do if I was in Gary’s position? What would my husband do? This book actually prompted a lot of random dinner discussion topics along those lines so I loved how the book generated conversations about strange topics or topics you wouldn’t normally discuss.
This book had so many moral questions as well as twists and turns that I was completely ensconced with the moral questions and characters. I loved that about this book. There were just so many things to make readers wonder what they would do and I loved how it made me think about extreme situations that will likely never happen to any of us, but yet feel like they could happen at any moment. It was a compelling and interesting book in that sense.
The book actually was fairly fast paced. The first couple of chapters were a little slower but then again it was setting the stage for what story. Some people thought it started too slow but I actually felt like it was ok to start slowly and build up to a rapidly paced book. For me after about the third or fourth chapter, I was cruising and loving the pace of the novel. The way the book was structure made it easy for me to keep reading at a steady pace.
Gary, the main character, is an interesting figure. I think readers will respond to him in many different ways. Some may find him sympathetic while others will find him weak. But you can’t look at Gary as a character without looking at the situation he is in which is why the plot is so paramount to the story. I personally didn’t care for Gary at the end but yet at times I was sympathetic toward him and was glad I would likely never be in his situation because frankly I don’t know what I would do. To me that is the crux of this thriller…..what would you do? There is no black and white or right or wrong just what can you live with and what can you not.
As a side note…I am not a fan of the title. I don’t think it does this book justice and it doesn’t really stand out to me. It’s not memorable or catchy. I am not sure what else I would title the book but this to me didn’t set it apart in the way that I think the novel should be distinguished. It just seemed uninspiring to me.
This is a very solid thriller with an interesting perspective and moral dilemma. If you like thrillers that make you think, this is a very intense option!
Kindle Edition, 352 pagesExpected publication: January 30th 2018 by Berkley
- Review copy provided by: Author/Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Recommendation: 4 out of 5
Memorable lines/quotes: NA