Tuesday, August 16, 2011

read: Buried Secrets (4 stars)

Buried Secrets (Nick Heller, #2)Buried Secrets by Joseph Finder

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This thriller is about as fine as they get. It has a gripping plot, interesting and distinct characters, unexpected twists, and realistic action. The clock is ticking from the very first page and doesn't let up until the satisfying end.

The author makes some interesting stylistic choices here. The story is told from both the first person and third person limited points of view. But the reader is never confused about why or where they are. The setting is, for the most part, confined to a few locations in the immediate vicinity of Boston. This is unusual for a thriller these days. Most tend to range a bit wider afield. But perhaps it was done this way to emphasize the confined world of the buried girl. It works.

The prose is smooth and easy on the inner ear. The dialog is easy to follow (except for a couple of spots where the back and forth goes on slightly too long without attributions or tags). Chapters are short to emphasize the action, sometimes only a single page. Character and place descriptions are a bit old-school, taking several sentences to tell us about something that many writers are now dashing off with a couple of adjectives and a hand-wave.

This is a great summer read. How long until the next Nick Heller book?

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  1. Finder has become one of my favorite thriller writers. He does his research, uses a literate vocabulary, and always utilizes some interesting plot devices. It's also refreshing to get away from the endless litany of attorney thrillers.

  2. I love this review....


  3. That was a great review. This is another book that I have to read! I found your blog through my friend Orsayor! I am following you now!