Recently Read – Wicked Game by Matt Johnson

Wicked Game by Matt Johnson

Genre; Crime thriller

FullSizeRender2001. Age is catching up with Robert Finlay, a police officer on the Royalty Protection team based in London. He’s looking forward to returning to uniform policing and a less stressful life with his new family. But fate has other plans. A policeman is killed by a bomb blast, and a second is gunned down in his own driveway. Both of the murdered men were former Army colleagues from Finlay’s SAS regiment, and a series of explosive events makes it clear that he is not the ordinary man that his colleagues and new family think he is. And so begins a game of cat and mouse in which Finlay is forced to test his long-buried skills in a fight against a determined, unidentified enemy.

My thoughts:

I absolutely blew through this book. I couldn’t put it down. I was immersed in the life of Robert (Bob) Finlay and all that happened to him. The authenticity that Matt Johnson’s own life has brought to the novel is obvious from the outset and with the book reading in first person PoV you do feel as though you are living someone’s life.

What I particularly liked about this, and I don’t really read many thrillers of this type, is how Finlay is an older male who is settled down with a wife and child and is feeling his age a little. He’s not some fit, handsome superhero. He’s an ordinary man, who has made career choices that have put him in extraordinary situations, which in turn have led him down a path where he has to face difficult decisions.

It’s this normality about Finlay that appealed to me and kept me reading. The believability of the story. The authenticity.

Even if you don’t normally read this kind of book, I’d really recommend you give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.

With thanks to the author and publisher, Karen at Orenda, for my copy.

9 thoughts on “Recently Read – Wicked Game by Matt Johnson

  1. I know exactly what you mean, Rebecca, about wanting to read about ordinary people. To me, anyway, they’re so much more interesting than ‘superhero’ types. And this story does sound intriguing. Glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. Thanks, Margot. It’s so much better when people are real. You can relate, even just a little. Even though he’s ex-SAS and is kind of not your average Joe, he’s retired and settled so not as fit or up to date with everything. It felt real. I really enjoyed it.

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