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Hello everyone! Long time no see! It’s been awhile bc I’ve been on an unofficial hiatus bc of the 500 projects, essays and tests I’ve been taking in uni soooooo ya I decided I wouldn’t add on to my stress by trying to blog. Today marks the beginning of the un-hiatus hopefully as my last finals are tomorrow and Friday so I thought I’d start off the ending of first semester with a bang or rather a book, specifically The Silent Pool by Phil Kurthausen as I’m on the blog tour for it! As usual with my reviews, I’ll try to be as non-spoilery as possible but I make no total promises. Before I get into the review, though, let me share with you some book details:
The Silent Pool* by Phil Kurthausen
Release Date: January 15, 2014
It is a time of austerity. Financial cuts are biting hard and the once great City of Liverpool finds itself now almost bankrupt. At the eleventh hour funding is found in the form of enigmatic billionaire Kirk Bovind, a religious zealot, determined to change the moral and religious fibre of his old hometown and bringing salvation to the streets.
Now for the review!
- Plot: So, if you’ve been following me for a while, you know I love love LOVE crime/mystery books, but there are few authors who can pull off a really good crime/mystery plot well *cough James Patterson and Robert Galbraith/JK Rowling cough* so, as usual, I was wary of what would happen and if the plot would actually be good and I wouldn’t figure out ‘who dunit?’ earlier than I meant to. Thankfully, this did not disappoint at all! There were so many twists and interesting pieces of evidence and strings that it ended up being that you would think one theory and then read something and change your theory and it would keep building and repeating until you realize that your end theory is nothing like what actually happened/who actually ‘dunit’ and I loved that so much! The plot was so complex and interesting without it being confusing and that was the best part of it all; the way I was reading it – on my phone’s kindle app – it showed that I had a TON to read – it’s actually like 359 pages which isn’t that big – but, after getting over my shock that I had so much to read, I didn’t really feel it. I was too into what was happening that I didn’t really pay attention to how far I was.
- Characters: If you’ve read the Cormoran Strike novels by Robert Galbraith/JK Rowling, then you’ll get what I’m about to say: Cormoran = the slightly rougher, older, American version of Erasmus. Like about halfway through, I realized that and that just made me like TSP so much more. They definitely have different thoughts, experiences and situations so I’m not sure how exactly I’m thinking that CS = Erasmus but hopefully that connection helps you understand the main character in TSP….anyways, I quite liked Erasmus as he was rough and edgy and could have come off as just ugh but the way he was written, how he thought and his experiences smoothened him out so he was a pretty well written character. Other characters – I won’t name names for sake of non-spoileryness – were also really well written! I don’t want to spoil anything so I can’t say much but I will say I realllllly liked the ‘cast’ of TSP.
Okay I think that covers the main points I wanted to say. Oh it was also set in the UK which I loved LOL and the book was really well written. Okay I think that’s it now LOL. Overall, I’ve gotta say, I really liked The Silent Pool! I’m definitely figuring out a way to get the second book Sudden Death now hahahaha Thankfully for you though, one (1) winner will get a £10 Amazon gift card (UK ONLY) and have a character named after them in Phil Kurthausen’s next book!! To enter the Rafflecopter, click here!
Good luck to all in the giveaway! In the meantime, check out the author below and follow him on social media!
ABOUT PHIL KURTHAUSEN
Phil Kurthausen was brought up in Merseyside where he dreamt of being a novelist but ended up working as a lawyer. He has travelled the world working as a flower salesman, a light bulb repair technician and, though scared of heights, painting the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Ken Dodd once put him in a headlock for being annoying.
He has had work broadcast on BBC radio 4 extra, published some short stories and his novel ‘The Killing Pool’ won the Thriller Round in the Harper Collins People’s Novelist Competition broadcast on ITV in November 2011 and appeared in the final. It was later shortlisted for the Dundee International Literary Prize in 2012. He lives in Chester.
And that’s all! Thank you to Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours and Phil for organizing this blog tour and letting me review the book! And thank you for reading the post!
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