Proximity: If the police always know where I am...how do I kill you? (iMe Series Book 1)
5* Review ‘I must admit that I finished the book with a prayer that I will never see something like iMe in my lifetime - the idea is just too terrifying’ Breakaway Reviewers
'Proximity hits hard and cold right to the heart of what could be our future, and this knowledge makes this book ...more
I would like to thank Midas and Serpentine Books for inviting me to be part of the blog tour. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I was born in 1990. I am often told my generation sits on the gap between the old age and the new age, aka, life without everyday technology versus the slow but unavoidable invasion of technology in our lives. I remember playing outdoors, I remember settling in front of the telly to watch my anime because I wouldn’t be able to have it on...more
Thief: “For the first time in ten years, the real me walked free. I savoured every beat of excitement that pulsed through me. All those failures, but now it was working…….. They couldn’t see me, and what was left of the police force wouldn’t even know where to begin.”
How else am I going to write this review and try to explain what lies ahead for the reader if I don’t quote the opening words of the Thief? There’s science fiction and then there’s the future ...more
When a serial killer discovers a way to go off grid and scratch an itch that has been suppressed for the last ten years since tracking everyone was introduced, all hell breaks loose. DI Cl ...more
The immersive world building in this book feels effortless and is to be savoured. Little details like the traffic jams caused by self-driving cars constantly circling around for their next pickup. Or the all-seeing Big Brother nature of ‘iMe’ and the implants that act like a FitBit on steroids telling you what you can a ...more
Proximity follows the journey of Di Clive Lussac, who with the eradication of crime is finding his day job as a detective inspector unfulfilling. That is until the impossible happe ...more
I liked the way it was written in the first person.
Has a good flow to it and easy to read.
I have to admit that I am not a fan of IT and this book has not done anything to build my faith in IT. Although in fairness I have to say it is human nature that has flaws and it is the way that we use IT that is the source of my distrust.
A very entertaining book, moves faster than the cars in the story , well worth picking up this b ...more
In many dystopian/ ...more
A woman goes missing, which is impossible given the technological advances in place. Can she be found, and the technological glitches resolved? Or is there something more sinister happening?
A brilliant thriller where the nanny state is enhancing the freedom of citizens, or controlling them, depending on your point of view. DI Lussac (who prefers the old freedoms) and his young DC (who loves the new technology) are trying to track down the miss ...more
At the core is ...more
It had a different aspect to anything I've read before. It has made me think about how I use technology myself. While I was reading it I was just carried along with the story as it was all very believable. It is only when I finished the story I thought more deeply about how we track our lives already.
I enjoyed the humour that was also evident throughout the book which you don't always get with crime style stories. I actually chuckled and then looked up feeling guilty for laugh ...more
Loved the use of iMe in crime and how so much of investigating had to be relearned as a result of its existence.
Definitely a procedural with a twist and left us with a window left for Clive and Zoe to return (and I hope they do!). Looking forward to see how their characters con ...more
Thanks to the author Jem Tugwell and publisher Serpentine Books for the opportunity to read this as part of my blog tour review: https://whatrebeccasread.wordpress.co...
‘Proximity’ is that kind of high concept book that takes an interesting idea and then turns it into a murder mystery. I reviewed a great example of this sub-genre (speculative whodunnit?) earlier in the year, ‘Golden State’ by Ben H Winters. ‘Proximity’ isn’t as good as that book, but it’s still a fun thriller with some decent notions.
It’s set in a near future Britain, where society’s relian ...more
I really liked the dynamic between DI Clive Lussac and PC Zoe Jordan, and the unexpected humour.
A must read, easy to get into and it keeps you hooked.
Set in a world that ours seems like it's rapidly becoming. Each character could be the villain and the book keeps you guessing right until the end.
Would highly recommend to anyone who's looking for their next book!
Hopefully the author writes another one!