06 October 2011

Review: The Undertaker | William F. Brown

* From author for review *

The Undertaker by William F. Brown was a fast-paced and thrilling read.  I was hooked from the very beginning, when Peter Talbott, a software engineer living in Boston, still grieving from the loss of his wife, is questioned by Gino Parini about an obituary featuring his and his wife's names in an Indiana newspaper.

Pete believes it to be a bizarre misunderstanding but he's angry that his wife's name is mentioned so he decides to ignore advice from Gino Parini to drop it.  What does he do next?  He heads to Indiana to attend his own funeral to see what he can find out, of course!

I mean, what's not to love in a plot like this?  His trip to the Funeral Home was electric, and the book was simply unputdownable at this point.  (It was an e-book, so perhaps what I really mean is that I couldn't bring myself to switch the power button off).

The tension and action just keep on building, however in many thrillers, often the main character makes ridiculous choices that make you groan out loud, "no", or "don't do that."  I was pleasantly surprised to find this wasn't the case here.

There is a 'girl' in The Undertaker, and a little romance, however don't fret, she isn't a ditzy, blonde bombshell.  Author William Brown manages to strike a really good balance between avoiding the usual stereotypes, and also steering clear of the unbelievable sexy Lara Croft style character.

The plot was cleverly layered and always swiftly moving, engaging and entertaining.  Thoroughly recommended for all readers who enjoy thrillers, suspense, mystery and crime novels.

And now for the best part, leave a comment below for your chance to win a free copy of the e-book, courtesy of the author.

My rating = ****

Carpe Librum!

5 comments:

Shae said...

Sounds like a great thriller Tracey. I don't want to put the book down already just from your review. I am always looking for something to tide me over till the next King novel comes out, I think I'll have to check this one out. Thanks

Tracey said...

Excellent, thanks Shae, you're in the running for a free copy!

Selwyn said...

Could you PLEASE write a review of a book that won't make we want to dash out to read it IMMEDIATELY?

Of course, I have a couple of weeks between terms, so I DO have some free time for reading....

Tracey said...

It's all in the selection, lol! Enjoy the precious weeks of study free reading, and in the meantime, you're now in the running for a free copy of 'The Undertaker'.

Tracey said...

Congratulations go to......(drum roll).......Shae! Please send me your email address, from the Contact Me tab of my blog, and the e-book will be emailed to you to read and enjoy. Congratulations!