Monday, 10 October 2016
Beat the Rain by Nigel Jay Cooper
Louise and Tom fall madly in love. After what feels like a very short time together, Tom becomes ill, but doesn't tell Louise, and he also doesn't tell his twin brother Adam, in fact he tells no-one. But while Tom is busy dying, Louise and Adam are busy falling in love, they just haven't realized it yet, but Tom has. Adam has always taken second place to Tom. Adam is handsome, but not quite as handsome as Tom. Adam is clever, but not quite as clever as Tom - you get the picture? Will Adam and Louise have a future together, or will the ghost of Tom forever get in their way?
This is a psychological thriller, but for a long time it reads like a romance, and I did despair that we would ever get down to the nitty gritty of why this book is in the thriller genre and not romance genre. This was a good read, don't get me wrong, a very good read, and a very strong debut from author Nigel Jay Cooper, but it takes a long time to get to the point, and when we do get there the story of Adam and Louise is a strong one, a shocking one, and while I did see a couple of twists coming, the book did not end as I had expected it to.
Nigel Jay Cooper is definitely an author to watch out for. In Beat the Rain he came up with a pretty unique plot. His characters are nasty, unpleasant people who at the end of the day, really did deserve each other, or at least that is my opinion anyway.
I will make a point of keeping an eye out for Nigel's next book, because I know it's going to be another cracker.
I received this galley via NetGalley.