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The author could have taken an approach that would still be consistent with the premise (being able to predict to the exact date when someone is going to die, mathematically) at the risk of cheapening what resulted in a taut thriller.
The characters are well developed and, in hindsight, there is enough information provided to enable one to figure out how it would end...but that's in hindsight. The author does a good job of keeping you moving forward and wanting to see what's going to happen next.
The only VERY MINOR drawback is some of the terms used. For example the use of "maths" instead of math. I don't know if that was an error or if that's how math is referred to overseas. There were other terms that were used that are particular to the locale, but that only added to the process of learning about other cultures.
There are some wonderfully compelling characters, some absolute bastards, and some for whom you feel sorry, but wish they would grow some backbone. As with any good story, there is tragedy and loss, but also hope, and redemption. There is some wonderful kindness of strangers, different perspectives on love, particularly married love, and loss, and despair, and then, hope again.
Wrapped up in these interesting human dynamics are a mystery, some wonderful cities, Dublin and Amsterdam, just both familiar and unknown enough to be different, and compelling. But the biggest surprise was the ending. New authors can often tell quite nice stories, spoiled by weak endings. Here, not only is the ending both surprising and heart-warming, but also completely unexpected. I confess to being taken completely by surprise, by more than one twist, and yet, when I look back, the author quite effectively foreshadowed the twists, but in such a subtle fashion that all I could do was smile. Well done indeed. The plot twists were not gratuitous, nor stupidly convoluted, but done in such a masterful fashion, that you kick yourself for not being more astute sooner. Personally, I love being surprised in a good way.
A good story, with people you respect, told well. Really, what more can you ask for?
Frankly I'm leery of self-published books, because all too often some authors don't bother to obtain the services of various people that a publishing company would hire, such as a decent editor. I've purchased too many books that might have a great story, but are ruined because of spelling and grammatical errors (among other things).
That wasn't the case here. Even more importantly, the story was not only good, but it flowed very well too. There was a lot of detail provided, which all served to paint very precise visuals of the scenes contained therein.
As to the story itself: it was unusual, and unpredictable (which is kind of ironic, given the title and premise). What's more, it was thrilling and captivating. After getting halfway through, I found myself so engaged with the story and characters that I ended up reading non-stop through to the end.
This is the author's first book. I'm looking forward now to reading his second, as soon as he publishes it.
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