The Phoenix Project – Michelle Kidd

Happy Sunday guys!

To my following friends around the world I hope you’re staying safe and take care of yourself during lockdown 2.0 which has now become a fact in several countries. This was a real action packed story and the synopsis is borrowed from Goodreads:

A simple message in the local newspaper. A set of highly sensitive documents left in the back of a black London cab. Both events collide to cause Isabel Faraday’s life to be turned upside down. Having grown up believing her parents died in a car crash when she was five, Isabel discovers the shocking truth; a truth which places her own life in danger just for being a Faraday. Detective Inspector Jack MacIntosh of the Metropolitan Police races against time to save her, and at the same time unravels long forgotten secrets involving MI5, MI6, the KGB and NASA. Secrets that have lain dormant for twenty years. Secrets worth killing for. With kidnap, murder and suicides across four continents, just what is the Phoenix Project?

The Phoenix Project contained so much action! I started this book and it was like POW! And then the POW just continued. It’s been a long while since I’ve read a book like this and I must say that it was quite enjoyable. It was nice, for once, to not read a book where the characters weren’t in too much focus. The point of the book was the story. Do you know what I mean? When you read certain stories the characters makes the story. Here, the story made the characters which was quite nice. There is no real build up in this story, at least not until you make it to the backdrop story. You’re thrown right into the action, and you stay until you’ve finished the story. The story alters between past and present and thus the reader gets a deeper understanding of our characters. The biggest «challenge» in this book for me was the plot twists. As you all know I’m hopeless at best with understanding how crime novels ends but this time I just gave up from the very first page haha. I had absolutley no chance whatsoever, and especially not with all the plot twists, to figure out where this was heading. In some way this lack of understanding who the culprit is makes the reading more fun for me since I get to keep the excitement all the way through! I also enjoyed that Kidd kept on leaving the chapters on cliff hangers. You just had to read more, and more, and more you know?

The story in itself includes some very intriguing aspects. We have both MI5 and MI6 on the British side, we have KGB on the Russian side, and NASA on the American side. This creates for a solid soup of secrets and lies which is always intriguing for a solid storyline. There is such a cobweb of connections between the characters that I get dizzy just thinking about it. I think the author has excecuted this complexity very well. Often an author can make a mess if there are too many characters connected but I don’t think Kidd has done that. She’s kept them clustered but apart at the same time which creates some weird structure, and an intriguing structure at that. When we finally reach the point when the backstory starts to make sense you truly get to see the cleverness of this story! I’m not going to say more because that might spoil some of the fun for new readers and that’s not what I’m about.

The Phoenix Project is definetley a book for you who enjoy high pace and complex crime novels. There’s action from the very first page and it keeps you on your toes until the very end! You need to keep your wits about you whilst reading this. If not, you’ll miss important info and spoil the fun for yourself! I recommend that you pick up this book ASAP if you need something high pace, and maybe especially these days with lockdown 2.0 in several countries!

Published: 2018

Genre: Crime novel

Theme: Secrets, spies, history, family

– The Book Reader

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