Sunday 12 June 2016

Review: Security by Gina Wohlsdorf

Security by Gina Wohlsdorf 
Publisher: Algonquin books
Release date: 7 June 2016
Rating: *** and a half 
Review: The inventiveness of A Visit from the Goon Squad meets the down-the-rabbit-hole suspense of The Girl on the Train in this chilling, pulse-racing thriller from an electrifying new writer. When the gleaming new Manderley Resort opens in twenty-four hours, Santa Barbara's exclusive beachfront hotel will offer its patrons the ultimate in luxury and high-tech security. No indulgence has been ignored, no detail overlooked. But all the money in the world can't guarantee safety. As hotel manager Tessa and her employees ready the hotel for its invitation-only grand opening, a killer is in their midst. One by one, staff are picked off with ruthless precision. And before the night is over, as Tessa desperately struggles to survive, it will become clear that the strangest and most terrible truth at Manderley is simply this: someone is watching. 

Security I think is one of those novels you are either going to love or hate.

Me? Well contrary to what I have just written, I fall somewhere in the middle. I didn't love it, and I didn't hate it - it was good, but not amazing. Interesting, but not gripping.

That said, I do think that it would make a really excellent TV thriller or even feature length film.

The new luxury Manderley Resort hotel is due to open in less than Twenty-Four hours and hotel manager Tessa has her work cut out trying to make sure that everything is perfect in advance of the launch party.

But her superstar stain busting cleaner has gone AWOL, her head chef has lost the plot, and a face from her past has appeared, all seem intent on putting Tessa off her stride.

But Tessa isn't the type of person to be easily distracted.

The Killer knows this, and that is how it is easy for them to start picking off the hotel employees one by one, so intent is Tessa on the task in hand.

Security is a novel I think would carry more suspense on the big screen, but it is an enjoyable read nonetheless.

Security is available now from Amazon online and all good book shops.

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Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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