July 21

Exit Five from Charing Cross by Valerie Keogh {Book Review}

Review2This is far from the typical mystery novel. The plot is intriguing enough, but it starts off slow. It wasn’t until I was over half way through the book that I became truly hooked. Valerie Keogh knows how to write a story with characters who are easy to feel for.

Jake, the main character goes through so much drama throughout the book, dealing with obstacles in every chapter. For a protagonist who is intriguing enough, and easy to sympathize with, he’s also a frustrating mess. There were times I was hoping he’d disappoint and fail, other times I was rooting for his success.

I never knew how I was going to feel about Jake, or what was actually going to play out. Jake’s mind worked in such mysterious and curious ways, that it was fascinating to see him come to the conclusions he did, and how his mind worked under pressure.

The book is full of turns that you probably won’t see coming. The character is a bundle of emotions and is constantly struggling with one thing or another. His struggle was tolerable only due to Keogh’s writing style. Not many people can put so much angst into a book without it being the main focus of the plot.

What can I say about the ending that won’t spoil it for the new reader? I can’t say much, but it was quite an interesting twist that really makes me hope that there will be a sequel in the future. Overall, I give this book a 4/5.




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Posted July 21, 2016 by stuffedshelves in category "Book Reviews
  • Valerie Keogh

    Thanks for this great review, Elizabeth, and I’m so glad you enjoyed Exit Five. It’s my favourite of the novels I’ve written. A sequel? I hadn’t thought about one, to be honest, maybe I will now!