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Thursday 1 April 2021

Spree by Nellie Neeman


I'm sure all readers agree that their favourite books are those that grab you at page one then keep you superglued to the edge of your seat until the end. This is one of those books.

I dived in without reminding myself what it was about, and within a few taps (Kindle), I was smitten and knew it was going to be a good 'un. It starts with a bang, literally, when a bomb explodes during a function at the Boston Technological Institute causing death and injury. Jon Steadman was there and suffered a personal tragic loss. When further similar bombings start taking place at different institutes, Jon and his girlfriend take it upon themselves to find who is behind the bombings and why. He needs closure for his loss, and it's a quest that, if they fail...they discover...would be disastrous for the US.

The fast pace for this thriller is set right at the beginning and doesn't let up till the end. Neuman does a very good job of portraying Jon, who has, understandably, some demons to deal with, but she doesn't overplay it, and he's very likeable. In fact, all the characters are well portrayed, whether they're good, bad or ugly. The plot is well metered out: no glossing over, no drawn-out scenes, no rushed conclusions and the right amount of focus where it's needed.  This is Neeman's debut thriller, but she writes like a seasoned thriller author.

All in all, a very satisfying and enjoyable read. I'm rather pleased to see that this is a 'Jon Steadman Thriller Number One': that means without doubt there is, or will be, another (or more?). I certainly hope so!

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