Sunday, 13 November 2016

THRILLER REVIEW: Vanishing Games - Roger Hobbs

Release Date: 19/03/16
Publisher: Corgi


The perfect blend of a Lee Child novel and a Quentin Tarantino film, this is the latest from the bestselling author of GHOSTMAN.

I work alone.

I may be the best thief in the world but no one will ever know a single thing about me. Well, almost no one.

A lifetime ago I had a mentor, Angela. She taught me how to be a criminal, how to run a heist.

And now, six years after she vanished and left me high and dry on a job in Kuala Lumpur, she’s sent me an SOS.

Or at least I think it’s her. If it is, then I've got to go. I owe her that much.

So soon I'll be on a plane to Macau, either to see a friend or walk into a trap. Or both.

But that's the way I like it. Sometimes the only thing that makes me happy is risking my life.

Time to go.


There are times when you want a book that isn't going to hurt your brain when you read it as you try to remember all the twists and turns alongside who's betrayed who and double dealt with whom throughout. So I was more than happy when this title landed. Not that its a bad thing to have a simpler plot but it does allow you to concentrate on giving the reader what they want, in this case high octane action with great kick ass sequences and characters that have stepped right out of a film set to keep the story moving forward.

Yes its not going to win anything for complexity but for me, getting onto a title where I'm allowed to just drift away in an almost computer game cornacopia tale of action more than sated my spirit having gone through quite a few more complex titles recently. All round, the characters are solid, the book does wht it promises and when you throw into the mix a cracking overall arc, I was a more than satisfied reader. Great stuff.

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