The Candidate: A Luxembourg Thriller by Daniel Pembrey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Imagine standing in the middle of a frozen river on a piece of ice that has broken away and is floating aimlessly downstream, during which it is banging into obstacles on the way. The main character is that piece of ice and the obstacles are bits and pieces of the story. It wasn’t dark enough to be noir and I am not sure whether the distinctive choice of writing style was intended or if the author is still finding solid ground where his style is concerned.
I like the quirky ones.
At times it was as if the reader was experiencing a narration of scene without any actual narration occurring, almost like being inside the main characters brain and being able to hear his disjointed conclusions.
This is a novella length story so I will keep the info to a minimum. Our headhunter extraordinaire wakes up to find he has no memory of the previous night and something is amiss in his little world of Luxembourg. He just doesn’t seem to be able to put his finger on the what, when, who or how of it all. Thus starts his less than sleuthlike investigation or should I say tiny quest to seek out the truth.
What he does discover however is something he just didn’t see coming at all.
Nor did I for that matter.
I would give Pembrey a whirl, you might just like his brand of quirky.
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley and courtesy of the author.