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Sunday, 24 July 2011

House of the Hanged by Mark Mills

Everyone has a secret they’re desperate to hide. Just when former Secret Intelligence Service operative Tom Nash thinks he’s left his past behind him in the Soviet Union, it rears its ugly head. He retired early from his job, following a botched rescue mission, but someone doesn’t want Tom to forget what he did and is looking to take revenge. Tom plans to enjoy an idyllic summer with his friends at Le Rayol on the French Riviera where he now lives, but someone has other ideas. Late at night, a man sneaks into his bedroom and tries to kill him. Tom’s former training kicks in and he chases the man from the scene, killing him and dumping his body at sea.
Suddenly Tom is seeing enemies everywhere and does not know where the next strike will come from or whom he can trust, even among his friends.
I really enjoyed reading this book – speeding through the pages – desperate to know what was going to happen to Tom. Mills builds the tension effortlessly and his descriptions of the south of France made me feel as if I was there. I loved the way Tom reacts almost on instinct to protect himself but was also keen to protect his loved one. He’s the kind of character you warm to, even though he can kill with his bare hands.
If you like a thriller involving mysterious Russians, car chases and a bit of high-class living among the rich people of the Riviera, then this is definitely the book for you. It starts in the middle of an action sequence, but there are places to catch your breath. All in all, a really good read – Mark Mills is definitely going on my list of authors to watch!