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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

REVIEW: The Cyclist by Anthony Neil Smith @be_ebooks_com

The Cyclist
by Anthony Neil Smith

Thanks to the author for this copy in return for my honest opinion.

Publisher:  Bastei Entertainment
Publish Date:  July 10, 2018
Kindle Edition
190 Pages
Genres:  Thriller

Goodreads Synopsis:

A failed marine, Judd can't believe his luck when Catriona falls for him. He lives in Minnesota; she's from Scotland. They work for the same company, they've messaged online for ages. But when they finally video chat, she turns out to be gorgeous. They may be thousands of miles apart, but they share a deep love of cycling and a passion for life. It's love at first sight. 

Judd throws his meager savings to the wind and flies across the Atlantic to meet Cat in person. Together, they plan a bike trip through the desolate Scottish Highlands. Perfect for cycling. Camping out. Being alone. But soon Judd discovers there's more to Cat than meets her alluring brown eyes. 

What Judd doesn't know is that someone is following them. Someone with sinister plans. Their lonely journey through the Highlands turns into a game of cat and mouse. Someone is making them ride for their lives. But who exactly is the hunter, and who is the hunted?

My Review:

At less than 200 pages, this is an extremely quick read and just FLIES.  Unfortunately, it just didn't quite work for me.  I do appreciate the psychos killing just to kill theme but I needed a lot more from the characters.  There's virtually no character development and the whole read felt a bit stunted.  Dialogue was short and the writing was a bit punchy.  

I'm willing to suspend reality a LOT for books but this entire story line was completely unrealistic... or rather, I think had there been more background on the characters, then maybe things would've made some more sense.  I even stopped feeling bad for Judd at one point.  I will say, I'm impressed with the longevity of the characters after what they were going through.  I doubt I'd survive even a quarter of what happened!

If we were to put this to the big screen, I think this would be a popular B horror film.  I do have such a soft spot for these types of film, not gonna lie.    This is a gruesome, fast moving thriller that never quite gives you the answers you may be looking for. 


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