Title: Die Next
Author: Jonathan Stone
About the book: It’s a standalone about a young man named Zack Yellin who accidentally switches phones with a professional hitman in Joey Richter.
I received an advanced reader copy from Hachette Book Group in exchange for an honest review.
First impressions: I’m a big fan of thrillers, and the premise sounded interesting to me. The beginning jumps right in the action, which I appreciated.
Characters: I liked the characters, even Joey. They’re complex and dynamic in their own ways. Zack is a great protagonist, and I think Detective Lopez would also make for a good main character in another novel.
“It was like a second kid—ordinary, unnoticed in the glow of the superstar, but in the absence of the first, you could get to know this one, get to love it, feel affection for the underdog.”
Writing: I enjoyed the cliffhangers, and the short chapters helped to create suspense. There were certain twists and turns that I didn’t see coming either. The pacing is quick, so I found the book to be a fast read. It’s a little less than 350 pages long.
Final thoughts: The ending surprised me but not in a bad way. Overall, the story went in a different direction than I expected, yet I enjoyed it nonetheless.
I highly recommend Die Next if you’re a fan of suspenseful thrillers that shed light on the advantages and downfalls of technology.