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Surrogate Paperback – June 23, 2016
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"A fantastic read ... wonderful plot twists" Thriller of the Month - E-thriller.com; "A great read ... if you loved Gone Girl try this" Crime Reader; "Very readable and intriguing thriller ... a good choice for a summer holiday read" Raven Crime Reads; "An exciting new author ... engaging and deliciously dark" Northern Crime
About the Author
Tim Adler is an author and commissioning editor on The Daily Telegraph, who has also written for the Financial Times and The Times. His debut self-published thriller Slow Bleed went to number one in the Amazon medical thriller chart while influential review site Crime Book Club made it a Book of the Month. Its follow-up Surrogate has stayed in the Top 40 psychological thrillers for over a year and was a Book of the Month on E-thriller.com. The Sunday Times called Adler's most recent nonfiction book The House of Redgrave compulsively readable, while The Mail On Sunday called it dazzling. Adler s previous book Hollywood and the Mob an expose of how the Mafia has corrupted the movie industry was Book of the Week in The Mail On Sunday and Critic's Choice in the Daily Mail. Tim is former London Editor of Deadline Hollywood, the US entertainment news website.
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The author asks, after outlining what inspired the plot line of Surrogate, for honest reviews. My opinion of this book is that it was well-written, has characters who were both likeable and unlikeable, and is not formulaic in resolution. I didn't expect to love the book, but love it, i did. I hope that Mr. Adler will continue his career by writing more quality suspense. This book will stay in my head for a while.
Oh, and I wish that when putting books up for sale on Amazon, the marketing people would stop asking ridiculous questions like “How much would you pay to save your child?”, and comparing the book to Girl On the Train or other popular favorites. I didn’t LIKE Girl On the Train, and this book is NOTHING like that book.
What I liked about the book
I loved the many twists and turns, the way the story kept me wondering what would happen next. From the beginning I had an uncomfortable feeling about the surrogate—something just wasn’t right, she wasn’t right. But I actually had no idea just how bad things were going to get.
I liked how the main character, Hugo Cox was so thoroughly human. Here is a man who has a beautiful wife, who is desperate for a child and he makes a decision so flawed that it could spell the end of his marriage, and then he tries to justify it to himself!
I really enjoyed the nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat suspense. There really was no good way this could end.
What I didn’t enjoy that much
As mentioned above, Hugo Cox is very human indeed. Most times I thought he was a jerk. I wish I could’ve liked him more.
I very much enjoyed this book. The story was well written and the plot had a realistic conclusion—quite a feat with the many twists revealed throughout the book. I will look for more of this author’s work.
STAR RATING: 4 Stars
Will also be posted on my blog on 16 March 2015:
Surrogate proves that Tim Aldler's first thriller - Slow Bleed - was not a one off. I'm looking forward to many more Adler Thrillers.
This is the second Tim Adler novel I have read (Slow Bleed being the first) and I am really enjoying his style of writing and imaginative storylines. I now look forward to reading "Hold Still" with much anticipation!