Book & Author Details:
The Silent Pool by Phil Kurthausen
Publication date: January 15th 2014
Genres: Crime, Mystery
How long can the past be kept secret?
It is a time of austerity. Financial cuts are biting hard and the once great City of Liverpool finds itself now almost bankrupt. At the eleventh hour funding is found in the form of enigmatic billionaire Kirk Bovind, a religious zealot, determined to change the moral and religious fibre of his old hometown and bringing salvation to the streets.
So when a man disappears without trace solitary lawyer, Erasmus Jones, agrees to track down missing Stephen, but quickly discovers that this is more than just a missing person case. Men are being brutally murdered across the city and Erasmus suspects the deaths are all linked.
As the search for Stephen grows and the ripples from the past begin to spread Erasmus has to ask himself whether Bovind could be behind the killings or if someone is trying to frame him and weaken the strangle hold he has over the city?
Who will be the next to die…?
This is a bit of a difficult book to review for me. There were points in the story when I felt that the pacing was a bit laboured and other times when it fair cantered along. And that meant that I didn’t find the story as a whole to be one that I could easily immerse myself in.
That said, it was, at its core, a basically decent plotline. The religious element was interesting and added an extra dimension to the tale, as well as giving several potential bad guys to tilt at.
Erasmus is a bit of a conundrum as a character, as are most of his friends. However I think that the strength of this story is the underlying feeling of increasing helplessness in the face of the influence of Bovind and the Third Wavers.
It’s fair to say that there were a few loose ends which for me, weren’t dealt with to my complete satisfaction. However, on the whole, it was a reasonable read.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.
Phil Kurthausen was brought up in Merseyside where he dreamt of being a novelist but ended up working as a lawyer. He has travelled the world working as a flower salesman, a light bulb repair technician and, though scared of heights, painting the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Ken Dodd once put him in a headlock for being annoying.
He has had work broadcast on BBC radio 4 extra, published some short stories and his novel ‘The Killing Pool’ won the Thriller Round in the Harper Collins People’s Novelist Competition broadcast on ITV in November 2011 and appeared in the final. It was later shortlisted for the Dundee International Literary Prize in 2012. He lives in Chester.
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