A terrific, atmospheric thriller. Taut, compelling, masterfully constructed. Outstanding. William Boyd. I went to Greece to embrace the binary code, to get off the sidelines and become a player. To live in the moment. Or, as Ellie put it, to become my own man. Was I accountable for the horror, that fateful summer? Looking back, it’s easy enough to pinpoint the sliding-door moments where I went wrong. But then, what use is hindsight? As Kierkegaard wrote: ‘Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards’. Cold comfort when you’ve taken another man’s life.
You may want to rethink a holiday to Greece after reading this book!
Alistair Haston is a university student whose life is going fairly well until his girlfriend Ellie dumps him. To start with Alistair comes across as a weak and love sick puppy. Deciding to go to Greece to surprise his ex girlfriend in the hope of winning her back. I was a bit dubious about whether I was going to like him or not but have to say, he took me by surprise.
I had absolutely no clue what was in store for me within these pages. When Alistair starts his journey to the island, alarm bells started to go off. I’m not very knowledgeable when it comes to travelling, apart from good old fashioned common sense. Things seemed to be a bit to easy for Alistair to start with and you know the saying that if something is to good to be true, then it usually is. This was certainly the case for Alistair.
It isn’t long before Alistair is in deep, deep trouble. At times I wanted to give him a good slap but who wasn’t young and reckless once? The story whilst already quite sinister, started to get a whole lot darker as well as thrilling. It has an almost cat and mouse feel to it.
The Lizard is a dark and tense read with a great setting which the author brought to life in my head. The story starts off at quite a steady pace, picking up through out and it turns into a race against time whilst Alistair tries to prove his innocence. I picked this book up not expecting to be so hooked that I ended up reading it in one afternoon. I have to say I really enjoyed this debut novel and will look forward to more from the author in the future.
My thanks to NetGalley and Muswell Press for a readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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