“It’s night, and I’m in a strange house. The lights are on, and and I’m standing outside a half-open door. Feeling a terrible sense of forboding, I walk slowly inside. And then I see her. A woman lying sprawled across a huge double bed. She’s dead. There’s blood everywhere. And the most terrifying thing of all is that I think her killer might be me …
A traumatic car-crash. A man with no memory, haunted by nightmares.
When the past comes calling in the most terrifying way imaginable, Matt Barron is forced to turn to the one person who can help. Ex Met cop, turned private detective, Tina Boyd.
Soon they are both on the run…”
“The Final Minute” is the latest novel by author Simon Kernick, and the seventh to feature maverick detective, ex-DC Tina Boyd.
The story is told in a mixture of first person and third person perspective. The first person narrative comes from Matt Barron. Matt is recovering from a serious car accident that left him with amnesia. He is being looked after by his sister, with help from a male nurse and regular visits from a doctor who is trying to help Matt regain his memory.
Despite having so little recall, Matt feels that something doesn’t quite add up, and before he knows what’s happening he finds himself on the run trying to stay one step ahead of a whole range of characters who seem very interested in some secrets that he has locked in his head – and in seeing him dead!
Employing ex-DC turned private investigator Tina Boyd to help him in his quest, he desperately tries to unlock his memory, particularly the final minutes leading up to his accident, whilst staying out of the clutches of the police and others – some of whom must be very powerful as they seem to have a very long reach.
As with previous Kernick novels, such as “Ultimatum”, “Stay Alive” and “The Last 10 Seconds”, this book features a race against time. Some of the characters may be a little clichéd, but regardless, this is a real page turner, making you want to keep reading until all the pieces fall together and you uncover the truth.
This is another great entry into the Simon Kernick collection…