Publisher: Headline Books
You wake. Confused. Disorientated. A noose is round your neck. You are bound, standing on a chair. All you can focus on is the man in the mask tightening the rope. You are about to die.
John Wallace has no idea why he has been targeted. No idea who his attacker is. No idea how he will prevent the inevitable.
Then the pendulum of fate swings in his favour. He has one chance to escape, find the truth and halt his destruction. The momentum is in his favour for now. But with a killer on his tail, everything can change with one swing of this deadly pendulum…
You have one chance. Run.
This one first came to my attention when I read Kate’s review at Bibliophile Book Club. Her wonderful review made me run to Netgalley and request it, then she was recently on a podcast where she discussed and recommended it again, so I knew I had to read it right now. I’m so glad that I did, it was quite an exciting and engaging read.
Hamdy wastes no time and jumps straight into the action. Wallace wakes up and realizes, with horror that there is a noose around his neck and he definitely didn’t place it there. Somehow, he manages to escape this madman, but he realizes swiftly that he is not out of danger just yet. No one believes his claim that he did not try to commit suicide and he finds himself trapped in a mental institution. Caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, Wallace is quite literally, running for his life.
I’m going to be even more vague than usual when it comes to discussing plot details with this one. Mostly because I went into it only having read the synopsis and two reviews from trusted reviewers whom I know would never spoil things, and I’m confident that’s the absolute best way to approach this.
What I will say is that most of Pendulum was completely unexpected and there were tons of shocking moments to get my blood pumping. It read like a high octane action movie and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this hits the big screen in the future. The pacing is relentless, never letting up and the story takes you from London to NYC and back again. On top of that, there is really great characterization and growth, especially with Wallace. Though the ending was satisfactory, there was a few things left open ended so I was pretty pleased to see that there will be a second book!
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to Headline Books for my review copy.