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The Distance by Helen Giltrow - Review.

The Distance: A Thriller - Helen Giltrow

Publication Date: Available Now from Orion

 

Source: Author copy

 

Charlotte Alton has put her old life behind her. The life where she bought and sold information, unearthing secrets buried too deep for anyone else to find, or fabricating new identities for people who need their histories erased.
But now she has been offered one more job. To get a hit-man in to an experimental new prison and take out someone who according to the records isn’t there at all.
It’s impossible. A suicide mission. And quite possibly a set-up.
So why can’t she say no?

 

Really really excellent thriller featuring a main protagonist, Charlotte Alton, who I completely fell in love with and an intricate and clever plot which is completely fascinating and terribly addictive.

 

Charlotte lives life behind a mask, she has retreated from her old life and has a new, seemingly normal one. Then one day she is asked the impossible – and somehow cannot help but be drawn back into that previous existence.

 

Apart from Charlotte herself the whole tale is peppered with terrific characters – those who Charlotte knows, knew and will meet – the action is thrilling with a fair few edge of the seat moments and some lovely little twists and turns along the way. I particularly liked the more “techno” aspects of the story, the information highway, the spy elements were excellent and kept me turning the pages avidly to find out who knew what.

 

One of the strengths of the novel is the blurred lines drawn between the good guys and the bad guys. Pretty much any character you meet here could fall either side of that line dependant on your own viewpoint, the interpersonal relationships are extremely well drawn and the moral ambiguity is woven seemlessly into the story arc. You can lose yourself in there and then suddenly sit up and realise you have been rooting for something awful to happen to someone, or equally that something awful already has but you have glossed over it because you love one of the characters. Nicely done.

 

There is some violence, not all of this will be for the faint hearted, but it only serves to make a point – the world Charlotte inhabits can be a vicious one and it shows. There is an authentic feel to the whole thing, which makes it often dark but so completely engaging throughout, an absolute page turner.

 

Overall then fantastic. I really  can’t wait to see what is next for Charlotte.

 

Happy Reading Folks!