In the exciting new psychological thriller by the Edgar-nominated author of Joe Victim, a famous crime writer struggles to differentiate between his own reality and the frightening plot lines he's created for the page.
Jerry Grey is known to most of the world by his crime writing pseudonym, Henry Cutter-a name that has been keeping readers at the edge of their seats for more than a decade. Recently diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's at the age of forty-nine, Jerry's crime writing days are coming to an end. His twelve books tell stories of brutal murders committed by bad men, of a world out of balance, of victims finding the darkest forms of justice.
As his dementia begins to break down the wall between his life and the lives of the characters he has created, Jerry confesses his worst secret: The stories are real. He knows this because he committed the crimes. Those close to him, including the nurses at the care home where he now lives, insist that it is all in his head, that his memory is being toyed with and manipulated by his unfortunate disease. But if that were true, then why are so many bad things happening? Why are people dying?
Hailed by critics as a "masterful" (Publishers Weekly) writer who consistently offers "ferocious storytelling that makes you think and feel" (The Listener) and whose fiction evokes "Breaking Bad reworked by the Coen Brothers"(Kirkus Reviews), Paul Cleave takes us down a cleverly twisted path to determine the fine line between an author and his characters, between fact and fiction.
The plot of a crime writer who is diagnosed with Alzheimer picked my interest immediately. Thought it will be a great scenario for a psychological suspense thriller. And it has worked for a few chapters. I was turning the pages eagerly.
Then all the coming back and forth between the past and the present, the countless time when the author remind us that Jerry has dementia has started to get cold and not really thrilling.
I was lacking the suspense factor and started to read diagonally.
Because I really wanted to know the answers for some Jerry's questions about the reality of his murders, I've kept reading. The ending was creepy, confusing and not at all the way to close this story.
I've seen great review about this book so you may really enjoy yourself. Personally, I just feel like a great potential for a thriller has been missed.
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