Book Review: The Job

Keep your enemies close and your target closer.

~M.E. Saleh

Synopsis

Keep your enemies close and your target closer.

Rules were broken—Sam had no choice but to leave the organisation. Walter’s dying wish is for Sam to come out of retirement for one last job. Trained in martial arts with the patience of a sniper and underground connections, Sam must ruin Andrew Donovan and take away everything and everyone he holds dear, including his wife, Dr. Leigh Harris.

Dr. Harris doesn’t have time for bodyguards; she is racing against the clock to release her ground-breaking cancer treatment that will save millions of lives. However, when the setbacks shift from unfortunate accidents to targeted murders, the one to save becomes herself. Surrounded by an inner circle of people with secrets of their own, who can she trust?

Everyone has a role—a job. Protect, assist, love… but who’s getting paid to kill?

Review

I love to support new writers and was excited to receive a copy of The Job by M.E. Saleh.

It’s a quick read, but it had me hooked from the first page and I read it in one sitting. As usual I was immediately suspicious of everyone, trying to work out who was trying to kill who and what secrets they were each trying to hide.

There are some really good characters, particularly the bodyguards, who each bring something different to the story. Most of the characters are very likeable and there’s an easy friendship between them all… so naturally I pointed the finger at almost every single ‘nice’ person at some point during the story… and dismissed those that were nasty pieces of work. My first suspicion was correct, but there was an additional twist that I missed!

It’s well-written, with good use of descriptive language to set the scene for readers. Although there’s a lot of action to make sure no parts of the book drag, the underlying stories about the cancer treatment and the personal relationships are just as interesting and provide a strong insight into human reaction and emotions..

I did feel that there were a lot of unanswered questions. The reveal throws up a few other queries and there are a few plot points that are never fully explained. I was also disappointed with one of Leigh’s life choices in the final chapter. Not to mention her weird obsession with turkey sandwiches…

That said, it’s a great story that will keep readers guessing and it’s definitely one of the best thrillers I’ve read this year.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I was given an advance copy by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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