The Final Minute- Simon Kernick


‘It’s night, and I’m in a strange house.

The lights are on, and and I’m standing outside a half-open door.

Feeling a terrible sense of forboding, I walk slowly inside.

And then I see her.

A woman lying sprawled across a huge double bed.

She’s dead. There’s blood everywhere.

And the most terrifying thing of all is that I think her killer might be me …’

A traumatic car-crash. A man with no memory, haunted by nightmares.

When the past comes calling in the most terrifying way imaginable, Matt Barron is forced to turn to the one person who can help.

Ex Met cop, turned private detective, Tina Boyd.

My thoughts:

We start the book with Matt, who was in a car crash two months earlier and can’t remember anything before the crash. He is in a house in the middle of Wales with a woman calling herself his sister and a man who is Matts carer.

Slowly, slowly he starts to realise that something is wrong and he starts to get his memories back.

Tina Boyd is no longer a police detective she has started her own business as a private investigator. She receives a call from someone saying that he might know what happened to a woman who Tina is currently looking for.

I must say that the first 100-150 pages were amazing. I was so excited when the first twist came around. But after that I felt like this book wasn’t to the same standard as the other Simon Kernick books that I have read.

The fact that Matt kept repeating the same line over and over again to Tina was so repetative. He just came across as manipulative and I really found it hard to warm up to him.

I still enjoyed this book but I feel that it was just a bit too convaluted and a bit unrealistic when all of Kernicks other books feels like the situations could actually happen.

I do think that this should be read but possibly not after you have just read one, if that makes sense?

I do think that because I have read so many of Kernicks books I have certain expectations from his writing and I don’t think that this book met my personal expectations.

If you want to read it you can get it here.

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