Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The Redemption of Charlie McCoy - Christopher Wilsher

                Charlie McCoy is a small time thief who desperately needs money to pay off a debt. He agrees to do a job that turns out to be a set up and it all goes horribly wrong. Someone ends up dead and Charlie must go on the run, pursued by the Adonis crime family and the FBI. Unfortunately, his ex-wife also chooses this time to drop off his estranged, smart mouthed daughter for a weekend visit and he ends up taking her with him.
                This is a fast paced thriller mystery that has lots of twists and turns and ends with a satisfying conclusion. The writing style is entertaining and makes for a fun read. The author keeps the reader engaged with an exciting storyline with lots of action that makes putting the book down very hard to do. The story flows along with a variety of characters, all well fleshed out and interesting. Usually, with so many characters involved, it is difficult to remember who they all are but because the story is so well written and the characters are so interesting, it is easy to remember who everyone is and what their role is in the story.
                The most interesting relationship in the book is that of Charlie and Amy, his daughter. He’s barely in her life and is a really dead beat dad as far as Amy is concerned. I don’t think she hates him but she has complete lack of respect for him and regards him with disdain. They are basically strangers who are forced to spend a few days together in a confined space. They have to get to know each other while running for their lives. It’s as they spend more time together that the intricacies of their unique father/daughter relationship come to light. Often deep relationship development in a thriller holds little interest for me but in this case, due to the great writing, I found it to be really entertaining. It intertwined with the action parts of the book so well that everything melded together perfectly.
                There’s also a lot of humour in the writing that isn’t blatantly in your face but rather quite subtle. There is violence but it’s also written in such a way that the book becomes a light mystery as opposed to blood and gore. The only things I would change are the cover which does very little for the book and the fact that there are a few editing issues that are very minor.
                I read this on my tablet and it formatted very well.

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