John Meyer Frey was sentenced to death at 17 in Ohio, for the murder of his girlfriend which he didn’t commit. After ten years, he suddenly dies in his cell and no one suspected anything about it. Six years later, a singer on a cruise ship in Sweden is arrested for assault. Ewert Grens and his team are responsible for the case. The team is shocked with the real mystery hidden behind of the case when they found out that the man surpassingly no longer exists in the world. Why he didn’t die in the cell in Ohio six years ago? How he can extend his life for another six years? What will be the ending for John Meyer? How Ewert and his team handles the case?
This is the second book that I read which wrote by Swedish authors. The first one was from Stieg Larsson. I’m getting more interested to read more books from Swedish authors especially crime stories. Their stories are always unique and unexpected. I’m looking forward to read other books by Roslund-Hellstrom. The story has an unexpected ending which makes it even more fascinating. I will definitely recommend this book to others.
The Obelisk tells a story of Gideon Davis, a peacemaker being assigned to the jungles of oil-rich Mohan by Earl Parker; to negotiate with his brother, Tillman. However, plans started to go awry when a multi-million dollar oil rig, the Obelisk, has been seized by terrorists and Tillman seems to be the one behind all of it. As time is getting critical, Gideon has to risk his life not only to save his brother, but also the rig and the world.
I feel the story is more suitable and interesting if it is made into a movie or a computer game than a book. I’m not a fan of stories in politics and terrorism. Thus, this book is not one of my favourites. I feel some of the descriptions in the story are overly detailed and irrelevant. It would be easier to understand if can be expressed in a movie.
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This book is about the story of Johnny Conroy from the day he meets Ruth Hynes. Nobody dares to approach Frankie Hynes’ daughter except him and due to this reason, Ruth will never let him go no matter what happens. Ruth lies to her father in order to keep Johnny to her side. There is no way for Johnny to escape from it and this causes him to involve in their family business, which is stealing cars. The story proceed to the next stage where they have a daughter with the name Angel. Angel grows up and meets Johnny’s new employee Ryan. They love each other but it’s not as easy as they thought if they want to get together as there are more family secrets behind them which affects their relationship as well.
When the first time I read the synopsis on the back of this book, I feel it’s an unusual and interesting story. The plot really grips the reader and I was reluctant to stop reading it. I was really curious to know what will happen next when every time I read the book. However, I personally feel most of the characters in the story have a messy life and there are a lot of lies or hidden secrets among them. Anyway, it’s undeniable that the writer is very skilful and the readers are distracted from all those negativities just because of the interesting plot which really captures their curiosity to continuously reading the book.
This is a story of a ghostwriter which has accepted a job to write a memoir for a former prime minister of Britain. The first ghostwriter dies unexpectedly and he is being hired for the replacement. He knows little about politics and his past experience lies in portraying aging rock stars, film and sports celebrities. In order to continue the remaining work left from the previous ghostwriter, he is required to join the former prime minister (Adam Lang) in a secure house on a remote place (Martha’s Vineyard) where connections to the outside world is not allowed whenever he’s working in the house. It’s not just the mysterious death of the previous ghostwriter haunts him, but also Adam’s past are buried with shocking secrets.
My rating for this book probably affected by the reason of my lacking interest in politics. I personally rated the story a 2/5. For me, the plot is quite good but this book will be excluded from my list of favourite books because I’m not really interested in politics. Besides that, I feel the story is getting draggy and slow. Also, there are a lot of narrator’s imaginations being inserted into the story causing distractions to the readers from following the story.