Peril: A Ger Mayes Thriller by Ruby Barnes

PerilPeril by Ruby Barnes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Peril is the story of Gerard Mayes, an anti-hero. Men want to be him, women want to redeem him. Ger's story is fiction, but his origins are real - everyday folk living and working in a Dublin city center wracked with organized begging, drug addicts, and violent crime. It's not all leprechauns and shillelaghs in Ireland.

Ger is a slacker. A consumer. He thinks life owes him, takes what he can and goes with the flow. His perspective on life, like that of another famous slacker The Big Lebowski, is sometimes humorous, but the story takes a noir turn when Ger kills a mugger and is held to account for it. All things move toward their end, of that you can be sure." -Goodreads.com

My Review:
This entire book played out like a film noire in my head, for some reason. It starts in medias res, then slowly develops it's characters and plot before going headstrong into the book's pinnacle. It's probably because of the beginning slowness of the story line, as well as the lack of descriptive visual traits of the characters that made me a little apprehensive of giving this five stars, but the thriller did just as it promised, it thrilled. I was surprised with how the book started to shock and hurl me throughout the next chapters, as the suspense built up. This story is definitely unique in it's plot, and I love the different twists and turns it makes.

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Kindle Edition370 pages
Published May 5th 2011 by Marble City Publishing (first published March 25th 2011)

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