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- Publication Date: February 28, 2017
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- Language: English
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Walking The Pendulum (Morrison Adams Book 1) Kindle Edition
"The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell" by Robert Dugoni
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Megan is making a fresh start in Rodley, England, after a failed relationship with Ben and his son David. On the train there she meets Larry and suffers her first premonition, the feeling of being stabbed to death.
In Rodley people remark on her looks which make her the spitting image of Saskia Fox, a woman who disappeared 30 years ago. Since Megan was adopted this raises some issues. Pressure is also mounting from her ex Ben, who doesn't want to accept the end to their relationship.
Larry hires Luke Adams, a paranormal investigator, whose private life is also in need of some tidying up.
"Walking The Pendulum" lives from the unknown. Was a near miss car accident really an accident? What are people's agenda's? Many characters disclose sides that put in question their bias or integrity. The eerie feeling of knowing and familiarity that Megan experiences, her uncertaintity about her relationship... Dawson keeps the reader on a tight leash, throwing twists into her mystery and changing direction in the investigation a few times.
A separate narrative sets in late in the book which shows us the life of Saskia Fox from 1977 until her disappearance, bringing clarity and leading up to a great climax of the story.
Well plotted, rich in character depth and suspense and tightly edited this is a well rounded thriller.
Why, then, did I have a queasy feeling about her almost from the beginning? For one thing, Dawson has set this up tidily with two descriptions of Megan gazing out the dirty train window. In the first, she finds great comfort in the landscape: “Beyond an intermittent hedge was a vast green space where horses grazed, cattle were driven along a country lane, and birds swooped overhead.” Sounds like all those Renaissance paintings of the Garden of Eden.
A few pages later, Megan sees that “next to the railway line were dilapidated industrial buildings with boarded-up windows, spray-painted walls with sketches and slogans, and disused car parks and wasteland overrun with weeds and broken concrete. Glass bottles had been smashed, littering the ground with small fragments, and cans and takeaway wrappers congregated in bushes and along a wall.”
I couldn’t avoid the comparison to Hieronymus Bosch’s paintings of hell.
Soon after this, we find Megan jumping restlessly from her seat to roam the aisles and when a man passing her in the opposite direction accidentally bumps into her, her response is, “Watch what you’re doing, you idiot!” Then she makes eye contact with an apparently harmless young woman who Megan imagines has “averted her gaze.” Megan goes back to her seat, “scowling.”
In every case, of course, the point isn’t the landscape or her fellow passengers but Megan herself and her erratic, overblown responses to everything and everyone she encounters.
The third person narrator presents us with a main character who is, at best, unreliable. We don’t quite trust her. Then a perfectly friendly man sits down and “her skin tingled with cold as a deep sense of familiarity emerged” He has no such recognition, but it turns out she is moving to Rodley, the town where he lives. She then feels “not threatened but comforted” by his staring at her. Back and forth, chilled one minute, comforted the next.
Megan begins to experience a kind of deja vu and recalls details of this town she’s never visited.
The story in Walking the Pendulum is exciting, suspenseful, captivating; I believe this book could define the term, “page-turner.” But its real strength is in its development of complex characters who are neither heroes nor villains, who intrigue us and startle us and are never predictable. And, finally, into this mix walks Luke Adams, investigator of the paranormal and himself not an uncomplicated character.
The roster of names is worth considering since much further exploration of who’s who and who does what to whom would constitute a Spoiler of the First Degree.
And so, we meet:
Ben, Larry, Joshua, Andrew, Verity, Saskia, Jane, Julie, Frank Fox, Ron, Imogen.
Who is important? Who is a red herring? Who can we trust? Who must Megan avoid?
Who is Megan?
Megan wades deeper and deeper into her own past as she strives to make a future in the now haunting village of Rodley, suddenly peopled by ghosts.
A young woman looking for a fresh start instead finds herself tumbling into someone else's past in author H.A. Dawson's thriller Walking the Pendulum. Here's the synopsis:
A stolen existence triggers the ultimate identity crisis
Megan's made a hasty escape. Now she's perplexed by the confusion sparked by events on the train journey and her effect on the locals, whose disconcerting behavior makes her skittish. She's determined and headstrong yet vulnerable, unaware of the imminent danger posed by the scheme hatched by her mystery assailant.
How long could you wait to take revenge?
Megan’s never experienced visions or fainted before. The vivid images have
a momentary impact, though they're a harbinger of future events where Megan is
not the only victim to fall prey to a scheming murderer.
The journey of life is as much a cliché as is the idea of seeing
yourself through others eyes. In this compelling thriller, Megan’s assumptions are foolish as her real journey starts when she reaches her
destination. There are many scrutinizing her activities; a few are threatened by her presence,
questioning her reasons for moving to this small town. The situation is intriguing especially as her striking features resemble Saskia a lively woman who vanished 3 decades ago.
This story embraces a British style of mystery that merges into the
suspense, culminating in a thriller with an enthralling finale that
leaves us to question our personal strengths and endeavors
This author takes pride in presenting the reader with a strong theme
immersed in dramatic content.
Do you try to avoid all conflict?
How calm are you when handling uptight friends and family members?
If their behavior becomes irrational does this influence you in any way?
Do you turn tail and run or stand your ground by confronting the issues?
This was an evenly paced yet chilling thriller. The British style mystery thriller explores the way other's perceive us and our actions, and how sometimes the only people who get to see the truth of the matter at hand is ultimately you. The mystery surrounding Megan and her connection to Saskia is intriguing to explore, and the way it reflects on Megan's own past and troubles that she is desperate to escape make the reader invested as they go through the book.
The character growth in this story is definitely the biggest draw in for this story. Whether we witness the emotional roller coaster Megan is forced to ride or the chilling air surrounding the townspeople of this small British town, the characters help breath fresh life into the classic murder mystery genre. Think of this book as an incredible literary version of the Insidious film franchise mixed with a good BBC thriller like Broadchurch.
Overall I loved this story. It was unique in it's approach and had a wonderful cast of characters that kept the book flowing smoothly. It's a book filled with twists and turns galore, so if you haven't yet be sure to pick up your copy of Walking the Pendulum by H.A. Dawson today!