******Full Disclosure**** This was an ARC copy, that was received through the GoodReads Advance program. I am grateful for the chance to have read thi...more******Full Disclosure**** This was an ARC copy, that was received through the GoodReads Advance program. I am grateful for the chance to have read this novel, which I might not have purchased otherwise. -----
The premise of the story is that after a ski accident, Dr. Jonathon Ransom suddenly discovers that his wife lived a double life, the alternate life being much more interesting than the one they shared. Before he knows it, he finds himself trapped in a whirlpool of political intrigues he doesn't understand and he is not prepared for.
I really liked this book a lot. Half way through it, I had not idea whom to call the "good guys" and whom to call the "bad guys," and even less who these "guys" were. Three quarters through it, even if I learned who the players were, I still didn't know exactly who's good and who's bad. The plot got thicker and thicker till almost the very last page and the characters kept showing new faces.
Neither thrillers nor espionage-political stories are my first love. But this novel was such a fast-paced read, which in spite of the 400+ pages left me wanting for more. It's 100% action packed, and when we encounter some descriptions, they simply made me dream of spending a vacation in Switzerland. From the sheer amount of geographical, cultural, and political details the author gives us, it is obvious that he had lived for a while in this country (and he did indeed live there).
Regarding the depth of the characters, for a thriller, they are reasonably well developed, with enough details to understand their actions and make them credible. The only one whose history was a little bit of a stretch for me was the Ghost. And the best part: pretty much everyone except for Jonathon Ransom and the Swiss policeman is a (dark-)gray character. There are no good guys in this story!
So what I didn't liked about this novel? Honestly, there isn't anything that I disliked about it!(less)