Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Cold Kiss by John Rector

A Cold Thriller
Review by The Mole

Nate and Sara are broke and running away to get married  because Sara's parents don't approve. When a stranded motorist offers silly amounts of cash for a lift to Omaha then Sara persuades Nate to relent in his objections. A snow storm is brewing and they are losing the race against it. The scene is set....

OK, this kind of scene is well used by many authors but what John Rector brings to it is new and refreshing, in a bloodthirsty, psychopathic sort of way. The story is told from the 'I' that is Nate and we learn more about his history, his health and why he keeps having blinding headaches, as the story progresses. Although I found myself having sympathy with him and his story, I couldn't bring myself to like or trust him. Sara, his girlfriend, is more straightforward and understanding of Nate's problems and supportive but finds herself increasingly alienated by his behaviour. His behaviour? The Motel is, typically to such stories, populated by people whose behaviour is less than perfect. The tension builds and the reader is left knowing that someone is going to do something to someone but trying to guess who those someones are going to be.

There are times when you say to yourself 'that could not happen!'. In fact there are times when the characters acknowledge the fictional quality of the scene they are in and also say 'that could not happen!'. This doesn't change the fact that this was one of the books that I have had most difficulty putting down and been most anxious to pick up again.

John Rector's début novel is a must for thriller readers, I thoroughly recommend it!

Publisher - Simon and Schuster
Genre - Adult Thriller

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