Friday, 19 February 2010

THRILLER REVIEW: Found Wanting - Robert Goddard


The car jolts to a halt at the pavement's edge, the driver waving through the windscreen to attract Richard's attention. He starts with astonishment. The driver is Gemma, his ex-wife. He has not seen or spoken to her for several years. They have, she memorably assured him the last time they met, nothing to say to each other. But something has changed her mind - something urgent...Immediately Richard is catapulted into a breathless race against time that takes him from London, across northern Europe and into the heart of a mystery that reaches back into history - the fate of Anastasia, youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, the last of the Romanovs. From that moment, Richard's life will be changed for ever in ways he could never have imagined.


Robert Goddard has always been a firm favourite in my Grandfathers house so each new offering inevitably makes it way to him. After all as an established fan along with avid reader its always a great way to judge the way a book entertains by his reactions. As usual with Goddard, he got the adventure he wanted, the thrilling impact and above all a story arc that kept him guessing as he kept working his way through. (For a reader who does the Times Crossword in the amount of time it takes me to cook a full English to keep changing his mind on each new development you know that it has something special about it.)

If there’s a reader in your home that’s looking for a mystery, that wants to get confuddled as they try to figure it and above all wants the thrilling edges to keep them at the edge of their seat then this is definitely something that will keep them content.

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