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Barclay, Linwood: Bad Move

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5 stars

Zack Walker is a security conscious husband and father of two who moves his family to the suburbs, a cookie cutter house in a new subdivision, to escape the crime and drugs that were becoming more prevalent in their old neighborhood. There are some trade-offs to the move: Zack's wife now has a longer commute, and his daughter has some trouble adjusting, but the increased safety and peace of mind seem worth the price. Problem is, as Zack comes to find out when he runs across his first dead body, the suburbs aren't always the milky white, crime-free zones they're made out to be.

The initial chapters of Linwood Barclay's Bad Move are more about character than action. Barclay takes the time to flesh out Zack's personality so that his quirks are thoroughly believable by the time they land him in trouble. Once Zack makes that initial mistake--so well prepared for in the early part of the book--he compounds it by not immediately coming clean. And once the decision to keep quiet is made, the hole Zack's digging for himself just gets deeper by the hour. It's a thorough pleasure watching his situation worsen with every plot twist.

Bad Move is a great read. The plot is very tight. It's a lighter book, but reminiscent in some respects of Scott Smith's A Simple Plan. I read Barclay's No Time For Goodbye about a year and a half ago and loved it (see my review). I think it's time to troll Amazon and find out what else the author has on offer.

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Teşekkürler.Güzel yazı için.Eline sağlık.

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