4 out of 4 stars
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Have you ever made a wish for life to become better than you've possessed it for a while? Have you ever desired to run away from the existing troubles with its underlying consequences? Pile up of debts staring glaringly at your face, not so cordial relationship existing between you and your family, with your career going through melting landslides. Have you been heartbroken and turned into something which you are not? That was the story of Tom McIntyre and his son Daniel McIntyre, in Duplicity, an intriguing crime thriller written by Fin C. Gray.
Tom and Alison had it all going for them at the beginning with two beautiful souls added to their one knit family (Daniel and Jenny). However, with the overwhelming responsibility of catering for these children, the mortgage, and other debts to be paid, Tom seems to have lost it seeking for a free getaway from life and all its struggles. With Daniel, an Innocent and promising son who would always love to find answers and explore the world, Tom was always on the lookout for him. Meanwhile, Daniel and his dearest friend from school Kevin, after talking about Kevin's dad, who was a lorry driver, started nursing the idea of checking out the lorry park down the street. His whole life suffered a drastic change when he explored the park. Could he have turned the hands of time and perhaps retraced his steps?
From the prologue, I became deeply engrossed in this well-written book. The author's preface started the book with a suicide bombing scene that kept me on my toes. This literary work created a hunger to find out what happened, and I kept wondering and tried to guess which particular character Fin wrote about even when I was in the third chapter. The suspense was high, and it made the book very engaging.
I liked the character development of the book. This fantastic psycho-dramatic thriller centered on Tom as the protagonist. However, there was Daniel, whose pure innocence was stolen from him at a very young age in a traumatic manner. Everything was beautifully falling into place for Tom. But after losing his most treasured pearl, Alison, the whole world came crashing in on him. The good life he craved for went with the wind. Daniel, who couldn't put up with this loss and the lies that came with the death of his mum, severed the relationship he ever had with his dad. The Decisions he took thereafter, hooking up with his Palestinian friend Waqar created a queer Daniel that caused global damage that the world wouldn’t forget in a hurry. In Daniel's words:
Fin developed characters that were relatable and believable.He'd lied about mum and her illness. He'd kept all that from him, when he could have been preparing him, getting him ready, allowing him to spend more time with her.
What I liked most was the way the author transitioned from the present to the past and back. I also liked his convincing and descriptive writing style. I didn't have to go back and forth to understand the message he was conveying at any point.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys crime thriller. However, I must mention that it contains sexual content and profane language that some readers might find offensive. The editing was top-notch, as I only discovered a few errors. Therefore, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.
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