TITLE & AUTHOR: The Girl With The White Flag by Ed Penney
PUBLISHER: Bloodhound Books
PUBLISHED: 12 July 2016
I was given an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT
Eddy Boyle is a retired soldier who has set up a private detective agency that survives on cases involving unfaithful spouses.
But when Fletcher, a retired army Colonel, contacts Eddy to help find his missing daughter, a chain of events is set in motion that will test Eddy’s resolve to the limit.
Has the girl been abducted or has she simply run away? Is Fletcher the real deal or does he have ulterior motives? Can Eddy pick his way through the double-dealing in time to rescue the kidnapped girl? And when the body count starts to rise and Eddy is framed for murder, can he avoid the police, conquer his own mental demons and find the girl before time runs out?
This is the first book in the explosive new Eddy Boyle series.
Move over Jack Reacher – there’s a new anti-hero in town!
I woke to the sound of heavy traffic, horns blaring; people shouting, rain hammering; another shitty day in downtown paradise. I stared at the peeling paint on the ceiling and wondered what day it was. Where I was. Who I was.
WHAT I THOUGHT
The Girl with the White Flag surpassed my expectations. I wasn’t enthralled for the first few chapters but ended up really enjoying the book. I can’t put my finger on what wasn’t working but I just didn’t feel the love. I forced myself to keep reading because I’ve read several review copies from this publisher recently and been impressed by them. A few chapters in and I started to fall in love with the book. I fell in love with Eddy. In many ways he’s not a particularly good person but there’s something vulnerable and appealing about him. He’s pretty messed up and disquietingly real. I kept reading because I was enthralled by Eddy. I flew through the pages. I really liked the plot. The Girl with the White Flag has plenty of twists, turns, up, down and misdirection. The ending isn’t a total surprise and us hinted at early on but no less satisfactory. I liked the time I spent in Eddy’s world and would like to spend more time there.