Author: David Baldacci
About the book: It’s the fifth novel in a series following Amos Decker, a football player turned detective after a head injury cut his NFL career short. A man named Meryl Hawkins who was convicted of four murders thirteen years ago asks Decker to clear his name.
I received an advanced review copy from Hachette in exchange for an honest review.
First impressions: I’ve enjoyed books by Baldacci in the past, so I was excited to read his latest novel. I like the title, cover, and premise.
Characters: The characters grew on me. They’re all flawed in some way. Decker is a complicated character with a difficult past.
“I let circumstances beyond my control define me.”
Writing: The short chapters that end on cliffhangers help build suspense. I also loved the back and forth banter between characters. Baldacci does dialogue so well. He balances the darker scenes with light moments.
Final thoughts: The plot unfolded at a quick pace. Even though the ending ties up loose ends, I was left wanting more.
I suggest reading the previous books first because the book references past events. That said, it’s still possible to follow along. I highly recommend Redemption if you’re a fan of fast thrillers.