6 de febrero de 2014

Review - The Candidate by Daniel Pembrey

Author: Daniel Pembrey
Original title: The Candidate
English title: The Candidate
Spanish title: -
Genre/Género: Crime/Crimen, Mystery/Misterio

Summary: Nick Thorneycroft wakes up one day with no memory of what happened the night before. Soon, he finds out that he's been drugged and that there's something mysterious about the candidate that he's been ordered to interview for his business.

Review: I was intrigued at the beginning because it quickly becomes clear that something mysterious and probably dangerous is going on. The main character wakes up with no recollection of what happened the night before and we soon find out that he’s been drugged, but that nothing has been stolen.

One thing that I didn't like so much is how slow the story progresses at first. For being only slightly over 100 pages, very few things happen in the first eighty. After that, things get interesting much faster, maybe even a little too fast. I think that the book could have been much better if it had been longer, because the slow part at the beginning is only slow compared to the size of the book, but would work very well as the first part of a longer novel. It helps to build up the mystery and the depth of the espionage plot, so it's not something that you could leave out or shorten without leaving such an important part of a spy story too rushed.

This is a story that has a non-professional character (meaning not a spy, police agent etc), Nick Thorneycroft, getting involved in espionage stuff. I found him to be a little strange sometimes though. When he learns that there’s a high possibility that he's been drugged, he never considers that he could be in danger until he realises that someone is watching him.

In general, a well-written political thriller with some surprising plot twists, but a bit too short and complex for the plot to be developed nicely. The ending is a bit of a cliff-hanger that works well as an open ending, but I'd love to read a sequel if there's ever one.


Resumen: Nick Thorneycroft se despierta un día sin ningún recuerdo de los sucesos de la noche anterior. Muy pronto se da cuenta de que ha sido drogado y de que la candidata que tiene que entrevistar para su empresa esconde algo.

Reseña: Me intrigó el principio porque muy pronto queda claro que está pasando algo misterioso y probablemente peligroso. El personaje principal se despierta sin saber qué pasó la noche anterior y muy pronto descubrimos que ha sido drogado, pero que no le han robado nada.

Algo que no me gustó tanto es que la historia progresa algo lentamente al principio. Para tener sólo algo más de cien páginas, ocurren muy pocas cosas en las primeras ochenta. Después, las cosas se ponen más interesantes mucho más rápidamente, incluso puede que demasiado deprisa. Creo que el libro podría haber sido mucho mejor si hubiera sido más largo, porque la parte lenta del principio sólo es lenta comparada con el tamaño del libro, pero podría funcionar muy bien como la primera parte de una novela más larga. Ayuda a desarrollar el misterio y la profundidad del espionaje, así que no es algo que se pueda eliminar o reducir sin dejar una parte tan importante de una novela de espías demasiado acelerada.

En general es un buen thriller político con algún giro inesperado, pero un poco corta y compleja para que el argumento se pueda desarrollar bien. El final queda en suspense, pero funciona como final abierto, aunque me gustaría leer una secuela si alguna vez hay alguna.

I got this review copy from NetGalley for a honest review.

1 comentario:

  1. Hi Hellen!

    I found your blog through goodreads, so I figured to stop by and say hello! I am now following your blog :)

    Lately I have been reading a lot of romance, but I will read just about anything that catches my eye, even a good mystery/thriller. The Candidate sounds like it has an interesting premise. But I can see what you mean if it is only around 100 pages. A book with a slow start is fine for a book that is 200-300+ pages. But for 100 pages, it has to get down to business! I might hold off on this one. But if you do find out that a sequel is in the works, let me know. I might give it a shot!

    Anyway, feel free to stop by my blog sometime. :)

    Best Wishes,
    Mia @ The Muses Circle