‘Colter Shaw is searching for the answer to his father’s final, posthumous riddle. It will lead him to evidence that will topple the secretive espionage company, BlackBridge’
– The Final Twist
[ About the Book ]
Just hours after the harrowing events of The Never Game and The Goodbye Man, Colter Shaw finds himself in San Francisco, where he has taken on the mission his father began years ago: finding a missing courier bag containing evidence that will bring down a corporate espionage firm responsible for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of deaths.
Following the enigmatic clues his father left behind, Shaw plays cat and mouse with the company’s sadistic enforcers, as he speeds from one gritty neighborhood in the City by the Bay to another. Suddenly, the job takes on a frightening urgency: Only by finding the courier bag can he expose the company and stop the murder of an entire family—slated to die in forty-eight hours.
With the help of an unexpected figure from his past, and with the enforcers closing the net, Shaw narrows in on the truth—and learns that the courier bag contains something unexpected: a secret that could only be described as catastrophic.
Filled with dozens of twists and reversals, The Final Twist is a nonstop race against time to save the family…. and to keep the devastating secret Shaw has uncovered from falling into the wrong hands.
[ My Review ]
The Final Twist by Jeffery Deaver is the third book in The Colter Shaw Series and just published May 13th with Harper Collins. Described as the gripping new thriller from this No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author, Kirkus Review said that it had ‘enough surprises, complications, and deceptions for three novels and half a dozen short stories.’ I read the first book in this series, The Never Game, but unfortunately I never got the opportunity to catch up with Colter Shaw in the second book The Goodbye Man. This did result in a wee gap in the storyline for me and I did get a little confused at times but I managed to figure it out and got stuck in. The Colter Shaw Series is a fast-paced, no-time-to-breathe kind of reading experience, so full attention is required. I would recommend that you start with The Never Game in order to have full appreciation for the Shaw family and what it means to be a Survivalist.
Colter Shaw, with his brother Russell and sister Doire grew up on an isolated compound with their father, Ashton Shaw and their mother, Mary Dove. With no outlet to the world beyond their home, their father taught them how to survive in threatening circumstances. With no internet or television they learnt from their parents and devoured the literature available to them. They all had very different personalities, with their nicknames appropriately suited to their type. Colter was The Restless one, Russell The Reclusive one and Doire was The Clever one.
Each branched out on their own following different paths but their father was always wary that someone or something would eventually get him, and it did. Ashton Shaw’s death was noted as an accident but Colter was always suspicious. Now, with new information at his disposal, Colter finds himself on a heightened, roller-coaster journey that will eventually bring him face-to-face with those responsible for his father’s death. This is a journey that he must see through to the finish but there is one final unexpected twist!
Colter Shaw is an enigmatic protagonist. Difficult to pinpoint, he is a warrior, a hero, a fearless individual who uses his instinctive ability to get justice and truth for all. As he tracks down the clues left by his father, he finds himself in a safe house in San Francisco, unearthing a mystery that has a big corporation on his tail. They are all looking for the same thing but Colter has no idea what it is. Greed and the quest for powers take centre stage in The Final Twist. As the layers are peeled back, Colter slowly realises the truth of what his father was trying to protect. If this information fell into the wrong hands, the fate of society could be in serious danger.
The Final Twist is packed full with multiple complex twists and turns. Every minute brings danger, suspense, intrigue, mystery, murder and mayhem. Think Mission Impossible, with all the high-adrenaline action that accompanies those movies. This is cinematic reading in every manner. Colter Shaw is very analytical in his thinking always judging the danger in a situation in percentages based on his early years of training under his father’s guidance and the experience he has gained in recent times. Colter Shaw is a Survivalist. He spent his formative years preparing for emergencies and natural disasters, learning from a very young age how to look for signs and honing a very heightened level of alertness making him a very formidable enemy.
I was exhausted after reading The Final Twist!! Jeffery Deaver must have a mind that never stops racing exploring new ways to keep the suspense at such heights. An exciting and complex thriller, The Final Twist is pure entertainment providing much needed escapism from the real chaos in all our lives today.
[ Bio ]
Jeffery Deaver is an international number-one bestselling author. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into twenty-five languages. He has served two terms as president of Mystery Writers of America, and was recently named a Grand Master of MWA, whose ranks include Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, Mary Higgins Clark and Walter Mosely.
The author of more than forty novels, three collections of short stories and a nonfiction law book, and a lyricist of a country-western album, he’s received or been shortlisted for dozens of awards.
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