There are some books advertised as "page-turners", a claim I would take with a grain of salt, but, in this case, it proved to be very true. I couldn't put it down and I kept wanting to know what happened next, so would find myself reading it at times when I shouldn't be. Always a sign of a good book.
The story, at times, had many threads, yet Bickerstaff manages to keep them all in the air and links them together very nicely as the book progresses. I also felt it was nice, in an out and out thriller, to have some moral dilemmas to be faced by the main characters. Alexa, the principal in this story has to look at the demise of her family and ask herself serious questions about her role in the family's falling apart. I think this whole family tension added to the excitement of the novel and made it even more enjoyable from my perspective.
I admit, there when times when I felt a little "suspension of belief", but then I had to remind myself that in 2016, anything is truly possible when it comes to international terrorism.
This is a rollicking read - fast-paced, well written and thoroughly enjoyable. If you like a good home-grown terrorist plot, then this is the book for you.
No question on this one, the full five-stars from this reviewer. Good job Mr Bickerstaff.