It’s been a while since I’ve read a contemporary thriller, partly because every back cover I read sounded so cliched. That accusation can’t be leveled at this book.

Following our protagonist, a ‘ghostman’ — which is to say a chameleon who can change his appearance and body language to take on different personalities — we follow him as he’s dropped into Atlantic City to clean up a robbery gone wrong.

There’s a ticking clock driving the plot forward, which means we rarely stop or rest at all, let alone for long. The brutal action barrels along at breakneck speed.

Is it a classic? No, but it’s a solid thriller that is different enough to be good popcorn entertainment. The description of “page turner” certainly applies — I kept sneaking back to it whenever I had a few minutes.

The ending is a little soft, compared to the events leading up to it, but if you’re looking for a quick, engaging read, I think you’ll find this does the job.

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Reviewed: 6th February 2018