Boy oh boy! If you’re not too squeamish and you like an excellent thriller, this book is for you. Deviously and intricately plotted, it is a high-tech thriller for this security minded age. Wohlsdorf has started with the premise of a new resort, named Manderley (an homage to DuMaurier), not yet officially open, owned by a man who takes security very seriously, planned with all the bells and whistles money can buy.
What happens when someone masterminds a scheme to methodically kill all the employees on site over the course of 24 hours? Two killers are on the loose hidden behind masks – using the impregnable 20th floor (where the hotel security team has their control room) as their base.
Meanwhile, the story is being narrated by someone who can see what is happening on the screens that show security camera footage – who that is we don’t know. Not until much later.
The story tips its hat to DuMaurier, Hitchcock, and Quentin Tarantino. There is a lot of blood and gore but we are somewhat distanced from it. So yes, it is shocking but because we are told what is happening by the narrator who is watching it on the screen, it’s almost like a movie. That’s where the Tarantino reference comes in.
There is an incredible amount of detail and Wohlsdorf’s meticulous plotting and excruciatingly escalating tension makes for a thriller like no other I have read. High-tech, stunning and with a love story, to boot.
It will surely be optioned, if it already hasn’t been, for a movie.
I loved it.
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