Midday is a story set over the course of a morning in alternating chapters between four main characters told in the first person. I’m not usually a lover of stories told in the first person but have to say it worked really well in this instance.
Through the alternating chapters, we get to know more about each person. Vincent and Ryan are partners living in a swanky apartment. Vincent is high up in the bank he works for where as Ryan is a wannabe writer. To start with I didn’t know who I felt more sorry for, Vincent in his frenzied efforts to get the money together to pay the ransom, or Ryan who is held up with a potential murderer if Vincent doesn’t get the money in time. I have to admit the further I got into it the more I felt for Vincent rather than Ryan.
Darrgh and Jack are the criminals. Darragh all I can say certainly wasn’t in the front of the queue when brains were given out, the mastermind is very much Jack’s side of things. Jack is very much a mystery and the author certainly doesn’t give to much away where he is concerned. Darragh on the other hand was very much, what you see is what you get. Sometimes in crime books you develop a bit of a soft spot or empathy for some of the criminals but this definitely wasn’t the case when it came to Darragh. I had absolutely no respect for him whatsoever.
Midday is packed full of suspense and tension. It builds up to quite a spectacular finale of which you could have knocked me over with a feather! I have to admit I never envisioned the surprises that the author held in store for me and my enjoyment intensified towards the truly gripping end.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
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Dublin-born author David B. Lyons has a new twist on the psychological thriller. His debut, Midday, will be released on March 22nd and promises readers a thrilling ride. It’s the story of the same extraordinary morning, told from the perspective of four different characters.
David comes from a journalistic background. He worked, mainly, in the areas of football and music reporting for over 12-years, notching a few awards along the way. He tried to write creatively in his spare time, but found the formulaic writing nature of his day job a hindrance. He met with producers about both a play and a TV pilot he had written, but both fell short of being green lit, much to his disappointed. However, it gave him the opportunity to fulfil a life-log dream of finally penning a novel. He completed a BA Hons Degree in Creative Writing and soon after, completed Midday. Three months later, that debut was picked up by Bloodhound Books and early buzz suggests a promising writing career lies ahead for the thirty-nine-year-old.
He now lives in Birmingham, UK with his wife Kerry and daughter Lola. He has read fiction all of his life and notes Dean Koontz as a real inspiration. He is also a big fan of Gillian Flynn as well as rising star Liz Nugent.