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(Tina Boyd #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  4,270 ratings  ·  281 reviews
There is only one truth left in your world. They want you. And they want you dead — the new stand-alone thriller by crime-writing’s rising star.

John Meron, a happily married father of two, who’s never been in trouble, receives a phone call that will change his life forever. His friend, Jack Calley, a high-flying city lawyer, is screaming down the phone for help. As Meron l
Paperback, 462 pages
Published June 5th 2007 by Corgi (first published 2006)
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Being loved by the media and featured on the Richard and Judy list this book became a monstrous bestseller and it could be found everywhere, so kowtowing to peer pressure I grabbed it from the library...

Is this it? After all that hype? As Public Enemy used to plead - "Don't believe the hype!" The concept and idea was OK, but let's be frank it's just a generic thriller with some twists to engage the reader, except it wasn't, sorry but it has too many plot holes for me, and the characterisation? W
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Tom Meron's hopes of a perfectly ordinary Saturday are shatted once he receives a phone call from Jack Calley.
During the call Tom hears he's old friend speak his address before being murdered, panicked he soon realises both his weekend and life are thrown into disarray.

A very fast moving but totally implausible thriller definitely captures the unexpected terror to ordinary family man Tom's life, hes in complete shock.
The horror of trying to lie to his mother in law for a reason to temporarily ta
Neil Powell
Jun 04, 2010 rated it did not like it
My god, this book is the most cliché riddled bag of rubbish ever committed to paper. Every single "plot twist" is so laughably ridiculous, every character is so uninspired and unoriginal. The only saving grace is simple language makes it a quick and easy read. But if you want anything to make you think or appreciate writing skills, get something else

A minus mark would be the most appropriate rating
João  Jorge
May 17, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
There really isn't much to recommend this book for. The plot is devoid of any interesting ideas, the characters are bland and the action is pathetic. The story revolves around a simple, ordinary guy named John Meron. He´s married, with two young children and a boring job. Suddenly he receives a call from his childhood´s best friend and hears him being attacked. Before he dies, his friend tells the murderer Tom´s address. Just like that Meron is deep inside a conspiracy that threatens his whole f ...more
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is fast paced with short chapters that keep you turning the pages. Unfortunately it isn't very well written and the plot gets increasingly unlikely as it goes along.

Things that bugged the hell out of me:

The main character is at home with his children when he receives a phone call from an old friend, from this call it becomes apparent that his friend has been killed by some bad men and said bad men are now coming after him. So what does he do? Drive to the nearest police station and ask
Sean Peters
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing

My second book in a row buy this author after his latest book Payback.

This on reading my research on this author was the book that was his first international bestseller, the top selling book in the UK in 2007, and added him to the list of top selling crime mystery writers.

This is a fantastic book, fast paced, action packed, shocks all the way through, twists and turns, with each chapter like an episode of 24 !!

Like another of my favourite British authors S J Bolton brings another ingredient
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A great novel from the excellent Simon Kernick.
The novel grabs you from the start in this fast paced story. I love his work and have subsequently read everything else he has written.
RELENTLESS (Suspense-UK-Cont) – VG
Kernick, Simon – 5th book
Bantam Press, 2006- UK Hardcover
Tom Meron is a married, father of two, software salesman. His life isn’t exciting, but it’s not terrible either. Then he receives a phone call from an old friend who begs for Tom’s help. Tom realizes his friend is being chased and hears his die, but not before telling someone Tom’s address. He takes his kids to his mother-in-law, but when he goes to find his wife, he finds her missing, and her co-worker ki
Andrea Howarth-Salazar
Mar 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
I didn't really think I was going to enjoy 'Relentless' because I feared it would sacrifice quality of writing and character for plot, but I was pleasantly surprised! I read it, initially, because I had just decided to self-publish my own novel and I felt that I needed to work on plot and pace/tension, so I decided that I needed to read thrillers! The story had me gripped from the dramatic opening pages and I found myself wanting to read it in one sitting. The pace is actually relentless, but so ...more
Roo MacLeod
Jan 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Well this man came with cudos, but I didn't get it.
It lacked tension for me and I wasn't desperate to turn the pages to find out what was going on.
The copper was a good character, but his back story came right at the end and the main man, the civilian having one hell of a day was flaky. The original hook, a best friend is murdered on the phone and this guy has time to pack his kids stuff but not call the police, doesn't seem real.
And I can't give away the ending because there wasn't one, suffice
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it
screen play writing. good for movies.
but characters a not deep. could not sympathize with anybody.
the lead is so stupid ,idiotic that his only line everytime is whats happening around me? so annoying. spineless stupid character.
plot twists are funny and just to shock the readers. u cant imagine the stupidity of the twists. many times i thought 'oh,come on!'
cant match the seriousness , depth and witty dialogues of James Patterson.
Mark Williams
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent thriller that keeps you guessing virtually right to the end. Don't understand some of the really negative comments made but then again each to their own I suppose.
I like the fact that it is easy to read and the storyline keeps you wanting to not put the book down.
Nov 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
I get this mixed up with Restless by William Boyd, because I'm thick. ...more
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
This is a real page turner, fast paced and exciting, I really enjoyed it and would recommend.
Bob Hurley
May 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Great thriller writing. Tom is at home when he gets a call from an Old school friend, Jack Calley, what follows over the next 48 hours is a rollercoaster of emotions that neither Tom or Kathy, his wife, ever expected. Tom is a mild mannered software salesman who normally would not say boo to a goose. However the next 48 hours make him question his own stability, relationships and his whole rationale for living. Great thriller writing with a lot of twists and turns. Well worth the read.
Elaine Watson
Aug 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant well written story easy and quick to read - it was a hard boo to put down. The fear and desperation were palpable and the twists and turns completely unexpected.
A definite must read.
Lukasz Pruski
Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Simon Kernick’s “Relentless” redeemed the author a little in my eyes. This is my sixth book by Mr. Kernick; after delightfully depraved “The Business of Dying” (4 stars), and two good novels, “The Crime Trade” (3.5) and “The Murder Exchange” (3), I read two horrible clunkers - “The Last 10 Seconds” (1.5) and “A Good Day to Die” (1 star, an utter failure). So I was quite afraid to read “Relentless”, but I am happy that my fears proved groundless.

“Relentless” is a good thriller, with a fascinating
Dec 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was a book that you would have had to rip out of my hands to stop me reading. In fact, I think I ended up reading it in one long insomniac stretch. This is the story of John Meron, an average father of two who all of a sudden finds himself running for his life. He doesn't know why and he doesn't really know from whom either. Although John isn't a commando, he refuses to go down easy and will do whatever it takes to ensure his family's safety. Suspenseful, thrilling and action-packed.

Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it
This is not the kind of book I would normally read, however it looked action-packed and my other half suggested it. The entire plot hinges on the protagonist receiving a phone call where he hears an old friend getting murdered. The friend's last words are the address of the protagonist, spoken to whoever is about to kill him. This leads the protagonist to get his kids out of the house and go on the run. From there, an action-packed story unravels.
I found the characters two-dimensional and the mo
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
An interesting hook, that by itself made me want to read to the end, but annoying Americanisms (yellow police tape and cots for beds) in a book very clearly and quite accurately set in London and the Home counties. The characterisation of the main character was a bit iffy too - started out a bit useless, IT software salesman - in the space of two days after being significantly injured was punching and headbutting in several fights like a pro. The least said about his dallying wife the better... ...more
Sharon Roy
Jan 09, 2012 rated it liked it
This isnt the type of book i'd normally go for but i'm glad i read it. Its fairly fat paced from the beginning and stays that way throughout. Not the greatest of books, but it did what a good book should. Your imagination should only do 10% of the work, the author is taking you on a journey, if you get swept up in a story then they have done their job well. This author did that but without anything really standing out for me, i had to read the back of the book to remember what it was about... ...more
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime
I absolutely loved the first chapter that is being told from Tom's perspective. And then the second chapter starts from a police man's perspective and the author lost me completely. I mainly read the rest of the book from Tom's perspective and mainly skimmed the other parts.
The book starts of with a lot of mystery and suspension, but it kind of evolves to a not so original plot.
It was all so promising and then ... it was not.
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have-to-buy, returned
I was really having shivers when I was reading this book. It was really well written and I loved that I couldn´t find out what will happen next like in the most of detective/crime stories... Kernick has really unbelievable style of writting where you are not even sure what is your own name. It is really good story, a little bit unbelieveable in the end, but still really great!!!
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ok it was much much better than I expected though I wasn't expecting anything (!)
It made me suspect everyone around me,and those parts actually made laugh but there was also parts that I almost cried.
Worth to read.
Leah Probert
Jan 07, 2022 rated it it was ok
Wasn’t really hooked, everything moved really fast and seemed far fetched. Main character was annoying, so was his wife, and if he’s such an ‘average guy’ how can he constantly beat up professional criminals? Easy read tho
S.R. Lobban
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
I had previously read Severed, which I found to be disappointing. But when I found this in a charity shop as part of a '3 for £1' offer. I thought I'd give it a go. It was worth 33p ...more
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Fast paced, thrilling, interesting. I'll read more of Simon Kernick for sure! ...more
Gerard Oconnell
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
could not put this book down,very fast moving,enjoyed very much.
Jackie Coysh
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Firstly, I think it's only right to mention that this is the first book I have read in well over 12 months. I've struggled with coming to terms with some issues regarding my mental health and although I've wanted to pick up a book an escape, found that I just wasn't in the right place in my head.
Something has sparked this week and I grabbed a random book from a shelf in a charity shop, Relentless by Simon Kernick.
The story is fast paced from the very first page, just what I needed to keep me eng
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I hadn't realised that this was part of a series so haven't read Book 1. A very good fast paced read that kept you turning the pages to find out what happens next. Tom Meron hasn't heard from his old school friend Jack in years but when the phone rings one afternoon it's Jack, and he's being tortured and before he hangs up Tom hears him say the first two lines of his (Tom's) address. What follows is a fast paced furious romp that turns everyone's lives upside down and has people reacting in ways ...more
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Simon Kernick (born 1966 in Slough, Berkshire) is a British thriller/crime writer now living in Oxfordshire with his wife and two daughters. He attended Gillotts School, a comprehensive in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Whilst he was a student his jobs included fruitpicker and Christmas-tree uprooter. He graduated from Brighton Polytechnic in 1991 with a degree in humanities. Kernick had a passion ...more

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