C.M. Ewan ~ The Interview
It’s 5 p.m. on a Friday. You have been called to an interview for your dream job.
In a stunning office thirteen floors above the city below, you are all alone with the man interviewing you.
Everyone else has gone home for the weekend.
The interview gets more and more disturbing. You’re feeling scared.
Your only way out is to answer a seemingly impossible question. If you can’t . . . what happens next?
Interviews can be pretty awful experiences. You’re nervous, sweaty and have to do what most people find hard – talk about how amazing you are!
Reading about a normal job interview would get my heart racing and this one had a lot more drama than any I’ve experienced! The Interview begins like a locked room mystery, but gradually gets darker and more violent.
You are immediately immersed in the story, which is instantly relatable. Everything could be a test, and you can’t help but wonder ‘how would I react?’ As we uncover more of Kate’s history, we try to work out if she is facing a vengeful assassin or is indeed just experiencing an horrific interview.
The first half of the book is excellent, not just in building the tension and telling the story, but in drawing the reader in. Ewan captures the selfishness of city workers and the start-up mentality well, with the idea that pizza and a climbing wall make up for poor pay and long hours.
Unfortunately, the plot loses its way a little bit and what was a fast-paced thriller starts to ebb and flow. The section where Kate looks for an escape goes on for far too long and is quite dull and repetitive; however, with a little bit of editing, the book would be a real page-turner.
There are a lot of back stories and sub plots, but it’s written clearly and there are a fair few twists. Some are predictable, but others are surprising, which provides a nice blend of feeling smug and shocked by the reveals.
While the book as a whole is enjoyable – and I read it in one sitting – the ending is a little far-fetched; it’s quite cinematic and perhaps the author had that in mind when writing it. While not very believable, it is satisfying… but it may leave readers wondering if the right people get their comeuppance…
Thanks to Random Things Tours and Pan Macmillan for a copy of the book. Opinions my own.