Title: Life or Death
Author: Michael Robotham
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Publisher: Mulholland Books (March 10th)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Why would a man who has served a long prison sentence escape the day before he's due to be released?
Audie was sentenced to 10 years for a robbery in which four people died, including two members of his gang. Five million dollars has never been recovered from the robbery, and everybody believes Audie knows where the money is.
For 10 years Audie has been beaten, stabbed, and threatened by inmates and guards, all desperate to know the secret. The day before he is due to be released, Audie suddenly vanishes.
The hunt for Audie, and the money, is on. But Audie's not running to save his own life--instead, he's trying to save someone else. In what promises to be his most popular thriller yet, Robotham has created the ultimate underdog hero, an honorable criminal shrouded in mystery and ready to lead readers on a remarkable chase.
You know a book is really good when you stay up until four in the morning just to finish it and that is exactly what I did with Life or Death by Michael Robotham. But that’s not all I did, couple of times during the day I pretended to be checking my messages on my phone just to squeeze in some pages while running errands with my sister. Yes, Life or Death is that addictively good.
As the only survivor of an arm robbery in which seven million dollars were stolen, Audie Palmer was trialed, found guilty and sentenced to ten years in prison. Ten years he barely survived after being the victim of many attempts to his life from inmates and guards alike who wanted to know where he was hiding the stolen money. The day before his release date Audie escapes from prison. The questions are why would Audie escape the day before he is due to be released? What was so important that he couldn’t wait 24 hours until his release day instead of risking getting an extra 20 to 25 years in prison? And if he could escape why he didn’t do it sooner?
Audie is a hero you need to know to like and Robotham knows how to feed us enough crumbs of information to just achieve that. I loved that Audie is not superhero material, he is not perfect or physically strong. His strength comes from within and that is something I can admire easily.
Although Audie is the main character there is also an array of secondary characters that made of this book a better one. Moss is one of them; he is bigger than life inside and out and I really liked how he was smart enough not only to see the truth behind many lies, but also to act in a clever-like manner. Another great character is Special Agent Desiree Furness, she may be tiny in size, but she is big in all the areas that count. I loved how despite being bullied by her peers she pulled forward and did her job better than those who abused her.
Life or Death is told from multiple points of view; this helped me to get more into the story and the different situations occurring simultaneously. Also, Robotham gives us enough flashbacks and back-stories to see and understand the whole picture of what is going on and where things are coming from.
The story is believable, engaging and impossible to put down. It is well plotted, fast-paced and with so many twists and turns that you won’t know what is coming next. Robotham’s writing is fluid and flawless, he knows how to keep his readers captivated and glued to the pages devouring each and every single one of his words.
Life or Death shows us how easily bad luck can affect and change the life of good people. It is a book that will make you think; while keeping you on the edge of your seat.
Life or Death was my first book by Robotham, but I’m sure it won’t be my last. I’m really looking forward to read some of his previous works.
I highly recommend Life or Death, just be ready to have a sleepless night.
My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws
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