Have a relaxing Friday and a wonderful weekend ahead – enjoy the first days of Spring, sit outside with a coffee and dive into a good book!
Good day to you all from the sunny Netherlands. Despite the cold night, it feels like the first day of Spring. I think I’ll sit outside for a coffee for the first time in 2017! Have a lovely Friday, don’t overdo it, work slowly towards the weekend. Speaking of, have you decided your weekend reads yet?
Only recently I finished David Videcette’s intriguing crime thriller ‘The Theseus Paradox’, based on the London bombings of 2005 during that Summer of terror. Having been a police officer himself, the author offers us the perfect insight into those troubling times. Even more disturbing is the fact, that somehow the different branches and organizations within the UK’s Police and Security Forces failed to cooperate, leaving innocents exposed and making it so much harder for their specialists in the field, like David Videcette’s protagonist Jake Flannigan, to get to the bottom of it all, bringing the culprits to justice and protecting the innocent. It is a novel but that captivating and insightful, that it feels very realistic. In the words of the author “I cannot tell you the truth but I can tell you a story..”
Moving on to the next book on my TBR&R pile (To Be Read & Review pile) imagine my surprise to find Jennie Ensor’s ‘Blind Side’ is based on the same topic! Somehow, this was too much of a coincidence to me. I’m half way through Jennie Ensor’s book but I can tell you that her perspective is quite different from David Videcette’s. Where ‘The Theseus Paradox’ provides its readers with a fascinating insight into the investigative work of the Metropolitan Anti-Terrorist Branch, ‘Blind Side’ shows us the perspective from the side of those that were considered suspects. The background of one of Jennie Ensor’s protagonists is Russian and Nikolai has fought in Chechnya, is at the receiving end of the hate and nervousness in London’s summer of terror. Fascinating!
Soon, reviews of both books will be posted. What I can share now is that David Videcette has written a sequel to ‘The Theseus Paradox’ again featuring Detective Jake Flannigan! I’m delighted to tell you that ‘The Detriment’ will be published this year! Exciting news! Wishing you a wonderful and sunny weekend, enjoy the company of good friends – and what better friend than a book!
Happy reading, Caroline