4 out of 4 stars
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Fishermen's Court is a suspenseful thriller written by Andrew Wolfendon. The story follows Finn Carroll, a 38-year-old artist of animated computer games, who resides in the home of his deceased parents and struggles with depression.
The plot wastes no time jumping into action; within the first few pages, Finn is attacked in his home and left for dead. He can't imagine why anyone would want to kill him, and Finn is further baffled when he discovers a suicide note left by the killers to frame his attempted murder. The note bears an uncanny resemblance to Finn's writing style; plus, it includes details involving a secret from his past. Convinced it is only a matter of time until the killers discover he is still alive, Finn seeks refuge in his former home, Musqasset Island. Perhaps his old friend, Miles, can shed some light on the situation. However, Finn begins to realize he may be trapped on the island with the same people who planned his demise. In addition to solving who and why someone wants him dead, Finn doubts which friends he can trust and at times, his own mental stability.
I must confess I selected this book based on its comparison to a Harlan Coben suspense. Coben has been one of my favorite authors long before his novels became Netflix series, so despite my slight skepticism of the book's blurb, I decided to take a chance and was quite glad I did. I can confirm that the comparison is accurate; the twists and turns of this fast-paced suspense kept me guessing from the opening pages until the very end. Additionally, the book is exceptionally edited.
I particularly liked the winning combination of the author's slightly sardonic writing style and his strong characterization of Finn. The story was told from the first-person narrative, and I was amused by Finn's flair for assigning outlandish nicknames to acquaintances and his ease of retorting with witty one-liners. I found myself simultaneously glued to the suspenseful portions of the plot while laughing at Finn's comedic antics. However, as the story unfolded, Finn's character revealed hidden depth, especially when it came to protecting his loved ones. The supporting characters were also well-developed, and there were a few of the "love-to-hate" variety.
I'm pleased to rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. The fast-paced thriller will appeal to fans of crime and suspense novels. Although there isn't anything about the book I dislike, the profanity bears noting. The author seems to favor a four-letter word that rhymes with "duck." In the overall context of the story, it reads as realistic conversation. However, I would not recommend the book to young readers or those who are offended by profanity.
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