With a lucrative job, great marriage and a beautiful house, Bill Moore is a man with a plan. It’s all working out just fine, until the day he finds a card left on his desk, printed with just one word: MODIFIED.
From that moment, his life begins to change – at first barely noticeably, then in more and more disturbing ways. Bill soon finds out, in the most terrifying way, that he has become the subject of a dark and deadly game . . . and that he has no choice but to fight back.
Killer Move is one of those books that gives a little and takes a little, a book of two halves it has an intelligent narrative, is incredibly well written and the pace at the end is explosive – more on that later.
Written predominately in the first person narrative through the eyes of protagonist and realtor Bill Moore and partly in the third person from a man – John Hunter – bent on revenge, the book moves chillingly up and down the gears.
The interesting thing about Killer Move for me is that Bill Moore isn’t that likeable, he’s a strange character and although one can’t blame him for trying to better his career, make money and enjoy all the trappings of wealth, he isn’t someone you want to spend time with or share a drink. This isn’t always a bad thing in a book, in fact it tends to throw a cat amongst the pigeons and shake things up and I was hoping throughout the book that there would be something endearing about him but no! That said you can’t help but feel for Moore as things start to stack up against him and his wife, Moore is a multi layered character and someone who doesn’t rest on his laurels which leads to an exciting character development.
With that in mind and although the narrative is powerful throughout I found the first third a little sedentary as Marshall laid down a solid foundation in readiness for an enthralling final third. Once Moore’s life begins to change and things inexplicably go from bad to worse the pace picks up and the intelligent and clever plotting becomes its fortitude. You never quite know what to expect and although you can guess how certain parts of book will develop I can guarantee you won’t figure out everything!
With that in mind I found myself rooting for the villain, I have no idea why, maybe it was because he had been wronged, maybe it was because he’d been in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Every time the author introduced a new character the complex plot continued to enthral and entertain. The final third of the book – when the author begins to tie all the loose ends and the secrets are unravelled – is intense and I read the final 200 pages in quick time. I just couldn’t put the book down eager to find out what happens to a pertinacious Moore and his acquaintances.
Despite being a book of fiction, the story is told in such a way as to be highly believable. With technology levels at an all-time high this could certainly happen in real life – hopefully not as violent as Killer Move – where one’s identity is stolen, passwords are hacked and your life begins to free-fall out of control.
Highly entertaining, Killer Move is a thriller that will have you gripped until you turn the final page. You never quite know what to expect or who to suspect and when a game has deadly repercussions it’s up to the unsuspecting victims to fight back before the manipulation ends in tragedy. Gripping stuff.
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Orion (11 Oct 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1409135993
- ISBN-13: 978-1409135999