As I said in my last book review I very luckily managed to win a large book bundle very cheaply, this is another of the books in said bundle.
The book of Lies is written by best selling author Brad Meltzer, having never read any of his books, or indeed even heard of him I was interested to see what this was like.
The RRP of this book is £6.99, but after some research it can be found on Amazon for around £3 used.
What made this book stand out to me first was thee cover art, it shows the shadow of a man running through what looks like a cloister, on a background which looks like pages of an old book with the headline 'The hunt for the world's first murder weapon is about to claim fresh blood'.......... (There are many different covers available)
The has 383 pages spread over 82 chapters
The main story is based in modern day life centred around Calvin Harper or Cal, a man who runs a homeless shelter with two friends. A chance encounter one night spins Cal's life out of control and context, possible with dire consequences when the sinister 'Ellis' starts to hunt him down.
There is also the odd chapter's based in the early 1900's surrounding the second murder, another thing to point out is that the prologue is set 19 years before the modern day events, and surprisingly it can be confusing.
There are some quite strange undertone's to this book, namely the story of Cain and Abel and the mystery of the world's first murder weapon and also the seemingly unrelated murder of a man called Mitchell Siegel in 1932,
As the website so eloquently states 'What does Cain, history's greatest villain, have to do with Superman, the world's greatest hero? And what do two murders, committed thousands of years apart, have in common? This is the mystery at the heart of Brad Meltzer's riveting and utterly intriguing new thriller. '
I told you the undertones were strange................
Upon starting the book I was unsure what I would be getting as there were so many 'stories' in one novel and how they would all connect convincingly, the thought of a bible story and then Superman sounded like some strange reading!
Reading the book I came to appreciate Meltzer's writing style and also how he conveys characters throughout, The book jumps from 1st to 3rd person regularly and it can be hard to keep up, as is trying to remember all the sub plots and where they last ended, even a quick re-read sometimes wasn't enough, and had to go back quite far through certain chapters, it did seem as though the author became bogged down with certain facts etc and glazed over the rest.
I will admit that I think that Meltzer was brave in writing this book as I don't know many authors who would have a list of characters and story-lines like the one in this.
I did however enjoy the writing style and general feel of the book, it wasn't my usual type of read as im not religious but finishing the book I do not think the book had a great amount of religious tones, seeing as the book is based on the world 1st murder the plot is not explored much, and isn't really thought about lot, a lot more attention is paid to the other murder. I did find this disappointing as the book is meant to be based on the Cain and Abel story yet they are rarely mentioned.
While I did enjoy reading the book I really don't think that it was done as well as it could have been, im no expert but I felt that it had a lot more potential and the ending was a slight let down and rather predictable considering the build up and tension though-out. Plus the added fact that the reader never fully gets to know the links between all the stories.
Apart from these things I think the book is perfect for an afternoon read or those unsure whether crime/thriller books are their 'thing'.
I would recommend this book as it was ok to read but became a disappointment at the end, for this reason it gets 3 stars.