Look Both Ways: From the international bestselling author of books like Take Your Breath Away comes an electrifying crime thriller

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Look Both Ways: From the international bestselling author of books like Take Your Breath Away comes an electrifying crime thriller

Look Both Ways: From the international bestselling author of books like Take Your Breath Away comes an electrifying crime thriller

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Linwood Barclay’s latest novel was a mix of thriller, horror, and action. It was fast-paced, exciting, heart-pounding and nail-biting. Some suspension of belief was required, but it was all in good campy fun, and it was an enjoyable read from start to finish. The main character’s were phenomenal, which really elevated the material, considering the plot was occasionally silly in terms of what these smart cars were capable of. I cared deeply for these characters, and was praying they’d make it out alive. There were some surprising twists as well. And, I loved the island setting – how they were trapped and cut off by geography and metereology, and had to come up with inventive ways to outsmart, escape, and avoid the rampaging Arrivals. It’s Press Day, and the media have swarmed to the Island for a Press Conference to showcase the Arrivals various benefits and features. He held such positions as assistant city editor, chief copy editor, news editor, and Life section editor, before becoming the paper’s humour columnist in 1993. He was one of the paper’s most popular columnists before retiring from the position in 2008 to work exclusively on books.

I’d recently lost my reading mojo and was struggling to find something to read that would keep me entertained and then I remembered LINWOOD BARCLAY and realised I had his latest 3 books on my kindle so I randomly chose LOOK BOTH WAYS to read next. Tech millionaire Miles Cookson has more money than he can ever spend, and everything he could dream of—except time. He has recently been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and there is a fifty percent chance that it can be passed on to the next generation. For Miles, this means taking a long hard look at his past… Everyone on Garrett Island has been given battery powered self-drive cars. For one month these voice activated cars will do all the driving. For one month there will be no road deaths and no accidents as the cars communicate and monitor everything around them. Sounds like heaven, what could possibly go wrong? Two decades ago, a young, struggling Miles was a sperm donor. Somewhere out there, he has kids—nine of them. And they might be about to inherit both the good and the bad from him—maybe his fortune, or maybe something much worse.Look Both Ways is devilishly good—exciting, thrilling—Barclay at his best!" — Shari Lapena, internationally bestselling author of Not a Happy Family As the excitement reaches a fever pitch, Sandra Montrose—islander, single mom, and public relations executive—prepares for Arrival Inc.’s flashy press event. Sandra is more than ready for this new world. Her husband died after falling asleep at the wheel and she’s relieved that her two teens, Archie and Katie, will never need driver’s licenses.

This is slightly different to the previous books I’ve read by Linwood Barclay as it’s more of a techo thriller with a futuristic spin. The community of Garrett Island, off the coast of Massachusetts have agreed to be the guinea pigs for a new car company Arrival Inc. They have created a brand new electric car which is 100% autonomous, responding to voice commands and providing the “passengers” a safe journey as each car is networked through software which enables them to communicate with each other. Garrett Island, located off the coast of Massachusetts, is hosting an expo involving a fleet of driverless vehicles made by Arrival Inc. Neither the residents of this small island nor the varied organizers are aware of the presence of a man in a cheap disguise who is actually a direct competitor of the company. To make matters one hundred times worse, the cars aren’t just going berserk, they’re deliberately seeking out as many people to kill as possible. As I said there is nothing wrong with the premise of the writing of Linwood Barclay it was just not to my taste. There is plenty of suspense, decent characters and the premise is intriguing but sorry not my thing.They’ve swapped their usual cars for brand spanking new Arrivals (named after the company that manufactured them) – autonomous, electronic, affordable, with a state-of-the-art onboard computer system, where comfort, safety, and efficiency are paramount. The residents of Garrett Island are part of a ground-breaking experiment. For a month, their cars will be replaced by self-driving vehicles – voice-controlled, comfortable and safe.

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