Read 3 – 4 March 2012
My rating 3.5 / 5
This book was reviewed for and on behalf of The Kindle Book Review
A Smudge of Gray follows a hitman who, on the surface appears as the perfect family man and the Detective, desperate to catch the hitman, so much so that it’s affecting his home and family life. Two contrasting characters described in exquisite detail with an intriguing connection.
This book starts brilliantly, and had me hooked by the end of chapter one – it is probably one of the best starts to a book I’ve read for a long time. The story begins with a charming man flirting with a woman, then boarding a train. The rest of the book follows the lead up to this moment where the two join the train before the ‘twist’ and climax you’d expect from a good thriller.
A Smudge of Gray is a good thriller, and gory with the details and descriptions of the murders that take place. As Sturak describes Detective Boise, you feel tired for him – this guy works all day and night to chase down the murderer and you feel his pain – a clear demonstration of the skilled writer that Sturak is.
I suspect this book will keep most readers guessing and will certainly keep you enthralled as the story begins to reveal itself. I have to admit that I has guessed the twist quite early on but that in no way diminishes the appeal of the book and the manner in which the twist is revealed to the characters and the reader.
A good book with an interesting turn of events that I’m sure will keep many readers guessing until the final pages.
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