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There was so much I enjoyed about this book. The story was absolutely gripping – the investigation into the health drink causing death and mayhem in the world of athletics, and the pursuit of counterfeiter Michael Hawkins, found living a new life in Brazil. I particularly liked the book’s construction, with the thread exposing the earlier life of one of the key characters – quite a story, with a vivid backdrop and fascinating individuals and relationships, adding a dimension that really enhanced understanding of the character.
And the drawing of characters is something else I should mention. The main focus of the present day story is really Charlie, and I took to her immediately – her personal life a little different, her warmth and enthusiasm infectious, even if I did cover my eyes at times when she put herself in the path of danger again and again. Character development is one of the elements that particularly impressed me about this book – in thrillers, they’re too often ciphers, a little cardboard, surface level only, but I found myself in Charlie’s corner throughout, rooting for her, caring about how things turned out.
I enjoyed the setting too – Brazil really comes to life with a trip to Iguazu Falls, the Mardi Gras and the yachts on the marina. And the story itself was quite enthralling, perfectly paced, with twists and turns taking things in different directions: I raced through it into the early hours, until the explosive climax brought a few real shocks and surprises, and then the pages turned even faster. And the writing is really top notch – fluid and easy to read, scenes vividly drawn, lovely insights into Charlie’s thoughts, an authenticity about the pharmaceutical elements (but nothing outside the grasp of the less knowledgeable), set pieces perfectly choreographed, dialogue natural. I didn’t think I would, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one – and it’s a series I’d definitely recommend to all.
Suzanne and Charlie have now set themselves up as investigative consultants and take on a new client, Damien, who is concerned about the aggressive behaviour some athletes are exhibiting. Their only apparent link is that they are all drinking a super new health drink.
The investigation into the health drink, and the man behind it, takes Suzanne and Charlie to Brazil where they also have the chance to continue to look into a character from Counterfeit. I won’t say more on that for fear of giving spoilers to the first book.
The settings and pharmaceutical knowledge (which is not that intrusive in the story) feels as authentically solid and knowledgeable as in the first book. There are new characters to meet, both good and bad, although as I’ve found with Ducie’s work it’s not always easy to tell one from the other until the mystery unfolds and people reveal their true selves.
The chapters in this story were interspersed with the back story of one of the characters and I really liked this filling in of the background. This story is all tied up quite satisfactorily but I always had the feeling that deception was rife throughout this tale and that it doesn’t end at The End. And I was right because there is then an epilogue and a couple of lovely little teasers crop up in that that are enough to whet your appetite for the next in this series.
This is for all those who like well written mysteries and comes highly recommended.