Tom and Anna Reed want a family. But years of unsuccessful infertility treatments have left them in debt and bereft.
Then one night everything changes.
The tenant in the flat below them has passed away, leaving $400,000 in cash. All they have to do is take the money and all of their problems will be solved.
But their decision puts them in the path of some ruthless men. Men who have been double-crossed and want revenge.
Good people are about to meet bad…
How far would you go to make all your dreams come true? If someone blindly handed you the opportunity to walk away with close on $400,000 in untraceable cash would you take it even though you knew the money wasn’t yours? No one would find out – or would they?
Could you keep the secret? Could you avoid temptation and not spend the money on clothes and luxury items? Would you pay off your debts and start anew? This is the dilemma married couple Tom and Anna Reed are faced with.
As with No Turning Back, Good People has a moralistic edge to it and we follow the ups and down of two people way out of their depth and everything they do to make things right only compound matters. As a reader you know what they did was wrong and it makes uncomfortable reading for the most part because no matter how hard they fight to keep things a secret, one lie leads to another and before you know it they are well and truly caught in a web of deception.
Their predicament is exacerbated when the bad guys catch up with the good guys and start complicating matters. The great thing here is that you don’t quite know who’s going to come out on top. The police are involved and even the bad guys have bad guys chasing them – it’s a rollercoaster of a journey and one that ties up very nicely indeed, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure.
I’d compare reading Good People with watching a black and white horror film late at night with the wind blowing a gale outside, the rain lashing against the window and you inside with one hand over your eyes trying not to get sucked in to the terrorising scenes on the tv. It’s impossible not to get drawn in to the storyline of course and once you’ve joined the ride you have to stay on until it ends.
This is the third book I’ve read by Marcus Sakey and although not my favourite (The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes currently my favourite) this is another example of a well-crafted story, strong narrative and characters that make you care. You pull for them from the very beginning. In a book where the bad guys are really bad – ruthless – and the good guys are naïve it will certainly have you turning the page at a rapid pace.
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Corgi (4 July 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552160849