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Trigger Finger has no real problems in the 'technical' department so we'll gloss that and, for a thriller/horror piece (not my favourite reads generally), this is a well-written book, cerebral in places and gutsy throughout. I nearly gave it that last magic star, but like some others have noted the ending, for me, though clever and unexpected, felt too rushed, especially the final twist which in some respects felt like an anti-climax, deflating the 'turn things on its head' revelationary denouement about Kevin's true reality into a kind of back-handed happy ever after. So, one of those situations where you want to be able to award fractions because I'd certainly say this is at least a 4.5 star, especially as it's a debut novel.
The big plus for me are the psychological aspects, as hero Kevin Swanson plunges himself further and further into delusional 'coping' methodologies that only escalate when he seeks trauma counselling, after he succeeds in thwarting a break-in at his residence in which he's injured and his beautiful wife and teenage daughter are in peril of rape, killing the two intruders. By the time Kevin seeks help months later, he's experiencing survivor guilt in spades and is tormented by voices in his head (ironically his hero marine brother, Bobby is the main one, convincing Kevin the liberal, law-abiding lawyer, that he's some kind of a die-hard vigilante). As well as trying to come to terms with flashback nightmares that never happened, Kevin beats himself up over keeping his dead father's Kalashnikov, never intending to use it only to have to defend his family with what he now thinks was extreme and unnecessary force. After an antagonistic encounter with 'The Bald Man' on a radio talk show, things start to go downhill rapidly even as Kevin goes on to have several more violent encounters where he somehow looks like he's going to be a victim only for the 'hard man' persona to rise with prejudice. He kills several more times, only to discover that all his own 'victims' are John Does and goes on to convince himself that there are supernatural forces at work with The Bald Man as a demonic figure sending murderous golems to show Kevin up for the 'coward' he really is.
There's lots of layers to this storyline that Bell powerfully explores, deftly piling on the suspense and Kevin's mounting desperation to 'do the right thing' as his home life starts to crumble away and his therapist only seems to make matters worse by refusing to accept Kevin's explanations of the bizarre crimes he encounters. Given the gun culture in the US this does raise very pertinent and salutory issues on the consequences of the right to bear arms and to defend your home from intruders, at least, for someone who doesn't regard themselves as a 'gun person' or into violence in any way. So yes, this is an unusual and left-field action thriller that fuses with elements of horror and the supernatural very effectively and indeed, creatively. Hasty endings aside it's well worth the read, even if thrillers aren't usually for you. Hopefully there's more to come from one of the best new authors I've come across in a while.
The story starts with the main character Kevin, being woken up from a nightmare, by his wife, Allie. Allie is concerned about Kevin and insists that he see a referred psychologist, if not for himself, then for her. The referral had come directly from a partner in the law firm he practiced with. This stems from Kevin been forced to shoot and kill two men who had entered his house through an unlocked door in his basement where he had fallen asleep on his “man-cave couch”. A divorce lawyer by trade, Kevin had never intentionally killed anything other than a wasp prior to that night.
Kevin is deemed a hero in the press and reluctantly agrees to appear on a talk show, and although most callers phoned in to praise him, “Jim from Mebane” first questioned his “little tale”, then basically insinuates that he had fabricated the whole thing.
Kevin does make an appointment with a shrink, because he questions the fact that he felt no remorse but was unprepared when, after recounting the events that night, the shrink also questions his story.
This is where the story really gets going and becomes impossible to put down. If you are looking for an incredibly suspenseful read, I highly recommend this book!
Awesome author and great read!
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I guess I'm kind of 'thick'. The story was fairly involving until the end. It was a vague, uncertain ending.Read more
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