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The book cover
said a madman would be on the loose – terrorising a respectable New York family.
The first chapter explained why. The initial setting was Estonia, the year
2005. There twin girls were born, under violent circumstances, to a 15 year-old
soothsayer – and then whisked off to the United States. Their enraged father,
Aleks vowed to get them back. A good old-fashioned story of hunter and hunted,
I thought, but I wondered if there would be unique twists to make the story worthwhile.
As the setting
moved to New York, I met Michael – the
hunted – his wife Abby, and their twin daughters. Initially, I was a little
exasperated at the constant play on this seemingly perfect American family and
their collective good looks. But later, thankfully, other factors were revealed
that would prove to be significant to the development of the plot such as
Abby’s obsession with exercise, Michael’s own Estonian background, his amazing
aptitude for cooking and baking and the children’s soothsaying ability,
inherited from their real mother.
power of the Internet was revealed as Aleks used it to plan and execute his
trail of revenge on arrival in New York.
And once the action started, it was fast-paced with background information
unobtrusive. I had difficulty putting the book down. Although there was a hint
of the supernatural, given both men’s belief in their own and each other’s
immortality and the children’s gift of insight, it never took over. Actions were
logical. Characters survived by their wits, including the women – Abby and the
police detective, Desiree. The latter operated by what she saw as her “power of
After the climax,
I wondered how the author would end the story and whether all loose ends would
be tied up. This was partly achieved. The ending was adequate but the issue of
illegal adoption was left hanging.
An enjoyable read
on the whole. Rating: 7/10.