Who is the 55th victim? Book Review 55 by James Delargy

Hey all! I know yesterday I posted a book review on thriller, The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan so today I will be posting another thriller–55 written by James Delargy.

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*** There were 54 victims before this. Who is number 55? ***
A thriller with a killer hook, and an ending that will make you gasp!

Wilbrook in Western Australia is a sleepy, remote town that sits on the edge of miles and miles of unexplored wilderness. It is home to Police Sergeant Chandler Jenkins, who is proud to run the town’s small police station, a place used to dealing with domestic disputes and noise complaints.

All that changes on a scorching day when an injured man stumbles into Chandler’s station. He’s covered in dried blood. His name is Gabriel. He tells Chandler what he remembers.
He was drugged and driven to a cabin in the mountains and tied up in iron chains. The man who took him was called Heath. Heath told Gabriel he was going to be number 55. His 55th victim. 

Heath is a serial killer.

As a manhunt is launched, a man who says he is Heath walks into the same station. He tells Chandler he was taken by a man named Gabriel. Gabriel told Heath he was going to be victim 55.

Gabriel is the serial killer.

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James Delargy was born and raised in Ireland but lived in South Africa, Australia and Scotland, before ending up in semi-rural England where he now lives.

He incorporates this diverse knowledge of towns, cities, landscape and culture picked up on his travels into his writing. He would like to complete a round-the-world series of novels (if only for the chance to indulge in more on-the-ground research).

His debut thriller, 55, will be published in June 2019 by Simon & Schuster and 17 other international publishers.

The plot line for the book actually made me want to read the book as I found it intriguing and interesting.

One of them is lying…two suspects, two victims with the same story…there were 54 victims and who is the 55th?

I mean that would make you want to read the book right?

So I’ll start as usual with the things I like about the book

  • The book was fast paced–the author has written perfectly that would make the reader stay up all night to see which of them is actually the serial killer and which of them is an innocent victim.
  • The book is quiet a page turner–that is a good thing in thriller books.
  • The author has shown the relationship between two ex- best friends–Mitch who is now the inspected and Chandler, the main protagonist and the Sergeant of the Wilbrook Police Station clearly well.
  • I like the vivid description that the author has used to describe about the wilderness in the western part of Australia as well as the background of the deserted and boring small town of Wilbrook. This makes the reader also feel that they are also in the part of the story
  • The book was well written, with twists, many unexpected twists in each chapter, that will make the reader want to know what is going to happen next. It’s like the reader is also solving crossword puzzles in the book. I also like how religion is briefly associated with the book.

Now I’ll start with the thing that I didn’t like

  • OK, I didn’t very much like the ending–I mean after all the twists and the book getting intense and intriguing, to me, the ending was a bit vague, though for some people, the ending might be good for them

So I recommend this book to anyone, who loves to read a fast paced thriller that will keep you up all night–55 book is no exception!

I give the book a rating of four stars!

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