When Awais Khan started raving about this book and the author I was intrigued to find out some more. I tuned into one of Awais, Writing Insitute events to listen to Alan talk about his writing and immediately his dark mind drew me in! Today, I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on The Kindness of Psychopaths.
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
How far would you go for those you love?
When Valentina López Vázquez vanishes from her home one morning, it’s obvious that she was taken by force. What happened to her next is not so obvious.
The disappearance forces two men on a gruelling search for the truth: Barry Wall, Valentina’s frantic husband, and Joe Byrne, the nihilistic detective in charge of the investigation.
They are locked on a devastating course that will take them to places darker than they ever dreamt – places without limits…
What a title, it just compels you to pick up the book and it the opening chapter just hooks you right in and strikes the fear into you! Well, it did with me!
Joe Byrne is the protagonist, and what a man he is. Just how many awkward situations can one man find himself in, and when I say awkward, that’s putting it mildly! But still he kept going, a detective who just never gives up! I loved this character, he was quirky, fallible but totally relatable and likeable! I want to hear more from him for sure!
This book was littered with characters who will leave you wondering just who you can trust, indeed if anyone! Every single one of them kept throwing surprises along the way! The body count is high, the brutality is brutal and the tension is taut and still the author manages to tie it up in such a way that makes perfect sense, serves a healthy dollop of satisfaction and at the same time leaves you looking for seconds! A fast paced read which stretches the boundaries of credibility at times but you know what, it didn’t even matter because this was a tale to get well and truly stuck into!
The Kindness of Psychopaths is perfect for those who love their punches to just keep coming, for their twists to just keep twisting and for pages full of characters who just keep knocking the wind out of their sails!
Who was the psychopath of the title – well, you will just need to read it yourself and see!
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