Today’s book review of a crime novel is brought to you by yours truly, Morgen Bailey. If you’d like your book reviewed or to send me a book review of another author’s book, see book-reviews for the guidelines. Other options listed on opportunities-on-this-blog.
I See You by Gregg Hurwitz
Synopsis: When bestselling thriller writer Andrew Danner wakes up in a hospital bed with no idea how he got there, he is horrified to be told that he is responsible for the murder of his ex-fiancée. In the resulting celebrity trial, Drew is exonerated on the grounds of temporary insanity caused by a recent brain tumour. But he still has no idea if he did kill Genevieve, and is desperate to find out. Haunted by what appear to be his bizarre night-time actions – did he really cut his own foot with a knife? Drew is shocked when another woman is discovered dead, murdered in the same way as Genevieve. Trying to clear his name and understand what’s happening to him, Drew enlists the help of a tame forensic scientist, a sympathetic detective, his staunch friend Chic who has helpful underworld connections, and an over-confident teenager. Can Drew discover what really happened that night and unmask the real killer?
Review (of the audiobook)
Narrated by Vincent Marzello, this novel starts in first-person narration from a hospital bed, the patient – Andrew ‘Drew’ Danner, a Los Angeles-based writer – not remembering why he’s there. He’s accompanied by a policeman who tells him that the woman is his ex-fiancée and had been murdered by him.
He returns home four months after brain surgery – accompanied by his ‘tumour in a jar’. He then recollects his break-up with Genevieve and then time spent with her successor, April.
Found by the body, the press tells the public of his guilt and after an eight day trial, the jury agrees… sort of.
He’s released and knowing he didn’t do it, tries to prove his innocence but then there’s a copycat murder and he’s brought in for questioning… again. This time it’s a woman unknown to him so he has to work out the connection and why he’s being framed.
There are various avenues, some ethical and legal, some not, but action and intrigue all the way while he tries to prove his innocence, aided by Junior, Chick, Lloyd and others.
The other characters include the two main detectives, Andy’s girlfriends, his friend and funny agent whose support proves invaluable.
Very descriptive without being overloaded, although there are some clichés e.g. like a thunderbolt. It only loses a point but being a little slow at times – too much time spent at Danner’s house thinking.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Based in Northamptonshire, England, Morgen Bailey (“Morgen with an E”) is a prolific blogger, podcaster, editor / critiquer, Chair of NWG (which runs the annual H.E. Bates Short Story Competition), Head Judge for the NLG Flash Fiction Competition and creative writing tutor for her local county council. She is also a freelance author of numerous ‘dark and light’ short stories, novels, articles, and very occasional dabbler of poetry. Like her, her blog, https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com, is consumed by all things literary. She is also active on Twitter, Facebook along with many others (listed on her blog’s Contact page). She also recently created five online writing groups and an interview-only blog.
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