Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Abel's Revenge

This is one of those stories that I suspect will stay with me!

Book description

This is a story about a city. As with all others, it’s a place of violence. There are murderers, and they live among us.

This is also a tale about a couple — sometimes friends, occasionally lovers, but always partners. Dan and Olivia are fighting modern battles; the ones parents have over a lack of money, time or peace.

An escalating serial killer terrifies the streets and homes. The body count rises as their relationship crumbles. Society reveals its dark side, and no one is safe. Dan and Olivia experience this first-hand as danger closes in.

Will Abel’s reign of terror ever end?

Who will live, and who will die?

My review -

I’ve said before that Ross Greenwood writes an unusual story. I’ll say it again! Ross Greenwood has written something here that stands alone. He takes the ten-year relationship of Dan and Olivia, now going stale under the pressure of their jobs and childcare for their two small children. Dan suffers a breakdown and Olivia gets the chance to work in California, taking their children. The author sets it against a city in meltdown, suffering the attacks of a serial killer. I loved the fact that Dan was obsessed with their weird postman and milkman, even his neighbour. The kind of thing we can all do. Olivia, who liked to go running, feared the attacker. There’s a sense of danger throughout this book and the ending is a corker.

About the author

I was born in 1973 in Peterborough and lived there until I was 20, attending The King's School in the city. I then began a rather nomadic existence, living and working all over the country and various parts of the world.

I found myself returning to Peterborough many times over the years, usually when things had gone wrong. It was on one of these occasions that I met my partner about 100 metres from my back door whilst walking a dog. Two children swiftly followed. I'm still a little stunned by the pace of it now.

Fifty Years of Fear book was started a long time ago but parenthood and then after working in sales management all my life, i randomly spent four years as a prison officer. Ironically it was the four a.m. feed which gave me the opportunity to finish the book as unable to get back to sleep I completed it in the early morning hours.

Just a thought -

I love the way that each book—any book—is its own journey. You open it, and off you go….
― Sharon Creech

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