by Fin C Gray
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Pub Date 28 Nov 2019 | Archive Date 28 Mar 2020
In the aftermath, a toxic mix of grief, substance abuse and blame lead to different paths for the family. Duplicity is a story of lost innocence, unwitting deals with darker forces, and fragile family bonds. Can grief, love, lies and hate be reconciled? And can Tom repair his fractured family and release himself from the pact he has made? What fate does he deserve?
What a fantastic crime thriller/suspense read. From the first page, the story hooked me to the story and I wanted to find out more. What happened and why would a person do such a thing... and there the story unfolded as the layer was peeled and Gray reveals in just the right time pieces of the puzzle in this wonderful story.
The pacing was quick and the plot moved the story well through the alternating story line that was told between the present timeline and the past.
The story was centered around young Daniel McIntyre whose childhood innocence was taken from him in a horrific and traumatic way, compounded by the death of his mother and a fractured relationship with his father. As Daniel craved to be accepted and loved, he befriended a young Pakistani man, Waqar, who took advantage of their friendship, and turned it into recruiting Daniel to become a radicalized jihadist. Gray’s writing was solid and was able to maintain that thrilling element throughout the story line, that kept me turning those pages. Gray was able to write an amazing cast of characters including Daniel’s father Tom whose ordeal and pain was palpable. The characters were realistic and faulted to their demise.
The story was an amazing psychological thriller that was disturbing, utterly suspenseful and highly addicting!! I really enjoyed this book very much!! Don’t let the cover scare you to thinking this is a horror read. It is not, though it had violent elements from the terrorist activities, it is a crime thriller/suspenseful read.
Average rating from 7 members
I thoroughly enjoyed this psychological thriller – if one can speak about enjoying the trauma experienced by our protagonist Daniel McIntyre and his friend Waqar. The plot was revealed through two separate, alternating timelines which kept me anxious to discover what would happen. The pace was tense and the characters brilliantly structured, even Daniel’s father, Tom who had a fractured relationship with Daniel evoked my sympathies.
I was incredibly moved by Daniel and Waqar’s relationship and could not help but love Waqar who presented as a sensitive, forgiving soul. Ultimately I was left deeply saddened by the outcome.
A thrilling story of how one young man was radicalised with tragic repercussions.
Thank you to the author, publishers and NetGalley for providing an ARC via my Kindle in return for an honest review.
I am absolutely at a loss for words. Actually, I didn't read the whole book. I had to skip some parts because they made too great an impact. The story is by times very confusing, full of hatred and love at the same time.
I think Fin C. Gray is a very, very talented author and I will try and read the book again sometime, but right now, it is just too much for me.
Many thanks to Netgalley and BooksGoSocial for this digital review copy.
I really enjoyed this book. Very fast paced from the start. The sad reality of Daniel’s life was hard to read. Losing your family and having a very severed relationship with your only living one (his father) was hard to imagine. This is a tale of someone being taken advantage of by another person who is only seeking love and acceptance. He ruined his life by doing this to him.
I would recommend this book to anyone. Fast read due to the writing style and subject matter. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for allowing me to have an early reading.
Wow! All I can say is I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! I was engrossed with the story from the first page to the last.
I thought the writing was very good, making me feel as if I knew each character intimately. This novel deals with many things; family, sexual abuse, love, homosexuality, loss, suicide and terrorism. I really don't want to say anything else but READ THIS BOOK! You will think about it a lot after reading.
I will recommend to friends, family, and anyone who reads! Thanks go to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an e-book. All opinions are my own.