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The title, "The Prediction", pretty much sums up the starting point of the novel: the formula to predict people's date of death. After reading the blurb and taking a look at the cover, I feared that the book would be filled with mathematical equations or something of the sort, but it is nothing like that. It is a thriller - crime - mystery novel with elements of a detective story. Filled with suspense, peppered with a bit of romance and softened by tragedy, it is one of the best crime novels I have ever read.
It is difficult to pinpoint one theme in the novel, because the plot (or plots) is constructed on so many levels, each with the same degree of importance. There are three main storylines that intersect: First, the story of Daniel Geller's life and career plays around the theme of hope and the loss of it. He has abandoned his doctoral thesis and his dreams of becoming a world-known mathematician, and he has come to terms with having a simple life and a menial job, only so that his hope is rekindled after twelve years. Second, John and Claire Redmond's tale is built around the destruction of family life, after the loss of a child. It is the darkest part of the novel, emotionally engaging and, sometimes, distressing. Third, Grace Visser lives her own tragedy due to her abusive husband. Her decision to leave him seems to create more problems than solutions. This third storyline focuses on character destruction and rebuilding.
Accidents play a defining role in the story. They offer major plot twists and an amazing ending.Read more ›
4 of 5 stars
I received this book through Library Thing from the author for my honest review.
Warning ~ this book may not be for anyone who has a problem reading about the loss of a child. This topic is discussed frequently, and in detail, in this book.
The Prediction by Darren Sugrue was a FANTASTIC read!! So different and so enjoyable. Reading about the loss of a child was hard to read, and it's not for everyone. I had known going in, to expect it, and was ok with it, but it was even more than I expected and I will try to keep out my own personal opinions about that part of it for this review. Despite that, this book was really really great!!
Daniel Geller is a crane operator who, years ago, had submitted a thesis in college that was a formula for predicting the day that someone will die. John Redmond is Daniel's former mentor and he reaches out to Daniel, asking him to return to his thesis. Redmond had discovered that one of Daniel's test subjects 12 years prior, had indeed died on the date that was predicted and there was another set to die, in 6 days time. This time the person set to die was Daniel's former lover. He now hopes the thesis is wrong, as he races to warn her and keep her safe on the day in which he had long ago predicted she would die.
The book follows 3 storylines. The first one which is Daniel and his life including his trip to warn his ex lover, the second one is of John, who has his own agenda and the third is of Grace, the ex-lover Daniel wants to save.
Setting = B
Plot = A+
Conflict = A
Theme = A+
Characters = B-
Set in Dublin and Amsterdam, there is a little talk about these foreign (to me) towns.Read more ›
Daniel's former mentor, Professor John Redmond finds Daniel and lets him know that one of Daniel's former test subjects has indeed died on the day Daniel predicted for him, and based upon Daniel's theorem, another test subject- Daniel's former lover- is set to die in a few days. This book follows three different storylines that are all intertwined; Daniel and his life; which includes his wife Zoe, and son Sean, and Daniel's attempts to save his ex-lover from death. Professor John Redmond and his wife Claire, and finally Grace, Daniel's ex-lover.
This is one of those books that after you are finished, it will leave you thinking about it for days. It had me hooked from the prologue and I did not want to put it down. The ending was definitely shocking and sad, but also exhibited hope. I could definitely see this book being made into a feature film. This is among one of the best books I have read all year, and I look forward to reading more from Darren Sugrue.
* I received this book for free, in exchange for an honest review.
When Mathematician Daniel Geller developed a formula that could predict the date of a person’s death, only to have his thesis rejected by the faculty at Trinity College, he walks away from collage and mathematics.
Twelve years later John Redmond (Daniels old professor at Trinity) seek out Daniel to tell him that one of his predictions has proved correct, his subject died four years ago on the day it was predicted, and another subject Grace Daniels, his old girlfriend is predicted to die in a few days.
John wants Daniel to return to the world of mathematics, Daniel doesn’t want someone he once loved to die to prove his thesis.
John Redmond and his wife Clare have lost their ten year old son, and are grieving for him, each in their own way.
Grace Daniels, Daniel’s old girlfriend, lost her unborn twins to domestic abuse, has decided to leaves her husband.
As Daniel moves through their lives the story touches on rejection, loss, grief, redemption and a second chance.
The story is well written, moves at a good pace, with well-developed characters and a twist I really didn’t see coming.
I enjoyed this book immensely and Darren Sugrue is an author worth following.
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I really enjoyed this book. I would tell my mother in law about it and finally just bought her one. Loved itPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Loved the storyline and character development. Not the same old mystery.......Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I must begin by thanking the author for a copy of the book. Darren was very kind and this is my honest review. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ricardo Dias
Another book with squandered potential. The end was pretty dismal as well. It was like ok great everybody looses.Published 4 months ago by Sean
I stumbled across this book on Amazon and though, for $2.99, what's to lose? If they are now charging $12.99, it is WORTH IT! An unbelievable book! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Tight, good dialogue, interesting theory. What a great read, with a twisted ending. If only we truly COULD know our " reckoning day", wouldn't we all live a little kinder? Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michelle H. Powell
Great story. Difficult to put down. Thoroughly enjoyable read.Published 8 months ago by Margaret St Coeur