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Monday 17 December 2018

‘Aftershock’ by Adam Hamdy

Published by Headline,
15 November 2018.
ISBN: 978-1-47225997-9 (TPB)

Well, Adam Hamdy’s Aftershock was one high-octane rollercoaster ride - if you can forgive me the cliches.

Having read the previous two books in his Pendulum thriller trilogy – Pendulum and Freefall – I was keen to get my hands on the final part, to see how he wrapped up the story of the sinister Foundation that struck at the heart of the UK and USA establishments, and the people who were trying to stop it. And so, I did.

Aftershock begins with the trademark Hamdy crash and bang, and the pace scarcely lets up over the subsequent 500 plus pages. We are back with main characters Wallace, Ash and Bailey as they try to deal with the fallout from events that took place in Book Two, Freefall, as they tried to save the world from the Foundation. And not only do the three of them have external demons to deal with, but they have to wrestle with internal ones too, including guilt and the blurring of the lines between good and evil.

If you like your thrillers with sympathetic characters, a twisting and turning plot, never knowing who will live and who will die, then I would heartily recommend Aftershock. It does have a particularly satisfying ending too. I would say however to get the full experience, do read all three in order!
Reviewer: Mary-Jane Riley

Adam Hamdy is an author, screenwriter and filmmaker. In addition to his own original work, Adam has adapted a number of comic books and novels for the screen, including the forthcoming film version of David Mitchell’s novel, Number9Dream. Adam has a law degree from Oxford University and a philosophy degree from the University of London.  He is a seasoned rock climber, skier and CPSA marksman. Adam lives in Shropshire with his wife and three children.

Mary-Jane Riley wrote her first story on her newly acquired blue Petite typewriter, when she was eight. When she grew up she had to earn a living and became a BBC radio talk show presenter and journalist. She has covered many life-affirming stories, but also some of the darkest events of the past two decades. Then, in true journalistic style, she decided not to let the facts get in the way of a good story and got creative. She wrote for women's magazines and small presses. She formed WriteOutLoud with two writer friends to help charities get their message across using their life stories. Now she is writing crime thrillers drawing on her experiences in journalism. Her third book set in East Anglia and featuring investigative journalist Alex, Dark Waters, was published by Harper Collins/Killer Reads in March 2018.

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