Sunday, 10 January 2016

A non spoiler review of The Theseus Paradox by David Videcette and a GIVEAWAY! (now closed)

I was extremely lucky to receive an e-book copy of The Theseus Paradox direct from the author David Videcette in return for an honest review.

I said to keep your eyes peeled for something exciting this week and this is it, there is going to be a non spoiler review and then at the end there is going to be a chance to win a paperback copy of The Theseus Paradox direct from the author!

I'll start by saying I loved this book! It's fast paced, gritty and feels incredibly real. The tag line is "I can't tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story,,,"and what a story Videcette tells.

The main character is DI Jake Flannagan and we follow him and his team as they scramble to find out who was behind the 7/7 London bombings and what the reason was behind them. I think Jake is a very marmite character and you're either going to love him or hate him. I personally both loved him and hated him in equal measure. He's a great policeman but not such a great person and sometimes those lines blur and even full on disappear. Jake will shock you to the core and then shock you some more. His sidekick Lenny is a great policeman, a great friend and he adores his family. He is the perfect contrast to Jake to ensure it doesn't become too fraught with drama.

While reading this book, I had to remind myself at times that it was a story and not a biography or factual book of some kind as it's all very REAL. The police terminology used and all the places mentioned are all things that I know and recognise. I also think that because Videcette has the background of being a policeman, he knows how investigations work and what really happens behind the scenes so his descriptions of things bring you right in as if you were in the room.

When a book is so fast paced and brilliantly written, the ending can sometimes let them down, not in this case however as the ending was fantastic and shocking and just made so much sense! I would love to know just how much is truth and how much is fiction in this book, but on the other hand it may just be too terrifying to actually find out. I am thoroughly looking forward to continuing to follow this series as it comes out.

I definitely recommend this book to everyone who loves crime novels and probably true crime as well.

I started reading this book on the 2nd of January 2016 and finished it on the 6th of January 2016.
I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads,

Now onto the giveway! Below is a rafflecopter link with ways of getting entries into the competition to win a paperback copy of The Theseus Paradox. For my international readers, I do apologise that for this time, the winner can only be a UK resident, but keep an eye out for opportunities in the future.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
The following terms and conditions apply

- No purchase necessary
- Ends midnight (GMT) on Sunday 31st. Entries must be received by this time.
- Prize is one paperback copy of the new detective thriller "The Theseus Paradox" by David Videcette (RRP £14.99)
- UK residents only please (winner must have a valid UK-based postal address which is able to receive a paperback book via Royal Mail standard postal service)
- Prize draw excludes employees of the promoter, the sponsor, their families and anyone else professionally connected with this promotion.
- Winners will be notified within 28 days. Prize may be withdrawn if (i) winner does not posses a UK-postal address, (ii) winner is unreachable within the 28 day period or if )iii) prize is undelieverable
- Over 18s entrants only please (book contains adult content).


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  2. I really like Ellie Griffiths but the best crime books I've ever read was Cracked by Barbra Leslie

  3. Great giveaway, so hard to pick just one crime author as a fav though, sorry. I do like Stuart MacBride, Alex Kava, Chelsea Cain, Chris Mooney for starters lol


  4. Love your review and can't wait to get to grips with this book. I've heard so much about it
    My favourite crime Author, tough one that as it's my fave genre...I have lots but love Sophie Hannah and S J Watson