The author of the acclaimed Sanctus trilogy conjures an eerie epic of good and evil, retribution and redemption—the first novel in the mesmerizing Solomon Creed series in which a man with no memory of his past must save a lost soul in a small Arizona town.
On a hilltop in the town of Redemption, Arizona, the townspeople gather at an old cemetery for the first time in decades to bury a local man. The somber occasion is suddenly disrupted by a thunderous explosion in the distant desert. A plane has crashed, and it’s pouring a pillar of black smoke into the air.
As Sheriff Garth Morgan speeds toward the crash, he nearly hits a tall, pale man running down the road, with no shoes on his feet and no memory of who he is or how he got there. The only clues to his identity are a label in his handmade suit jacket and a book that’s been inscribed to him: both giving the name Solomon Creed. When Morgan tells Solomon that he is in Redemption, Arizona, Solomon begins to believe he’s here for a reason—to save a man he has never met . . . the man who was buried that morning.
Miles away, three men scan the skies for an overdue plane carrying an important package. Spotting a black cloud in the distance, they suspect something has gone badly wrong, and that the man who has sent them will demand a heavy price if the package has been lost.
To uncover the secret of his identity, Solomon Creed must uncover Redemption’s secrets too and learn the truth behind the death of the man he is there to save. But there are those who will do anything to stop him, men prepared to call on the darkest forces to prevent Solomon from seeing the light.
The Searcher is the explosive first book in a new thriller series that promises to leave readers begging for more. The story follows a man who has no recollection of his life at all - including his name or why he's running down the road in the middle of the desert. He's not sure why, but something deep inside is telling him that he's at this town for a reason - an important one. As the mystery of the man's identity unfolds, the rest of his puzzle begins to focus too - who he is there to save and why. Will he be able to fulfill his mission - before the people who are trying so hard to protect the truth - silence him for good?
I've read the author's previous trilogy and adored all of the books, so I was really excited when I saw he had a new thriller releasing. Thrillers happen to be one of my favorite genres, so I had pretty high hopes for this novel. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed. The author once again creates a complex and intricate plot that drags the reader into the world he's created and refuses to let them go until every last piece of the mystery is solved. I did have a bit of a problem with the writing style, however. The book is told from several different characters perspectives, which is actually very clever and keeps the reader on their toes. The issue I had is the multiple points of view that are used throughout the story. We have the unknown man - the main character - who's story is told in the first person point of view. I almost always prefer this writing style due to the deep connection the reader can create with the character. If the entire book would've been written in this style - it would've been pretty close to perfect for me. However, the author chose to write the other characters' perspectives and personal storylines in the third person point of view. Although it's always clear which character we're reading about, it's a bit confusing when you have at least three (if not more) various storylines happening at once - and that's not even considering the main character, who's story is told from the first person POV. It's this jumping around from first person to third person and the several characters included throughout the novel that made it a bit overwhelming at first and definitely confusing at times. I haven't come across an author mixing that type of writing style before - and with so many various characters - so it took me a little while to adjust, and I had to really keep track of who was doing what and when - in order to put the pieces of the mystery together.
Aside from the writing style issues I had (which are my personal opinions), the book was a fantastic blend of suspense and mystery - with lots of twists and turns to keep the reader on their feet and constantly guessing at what's really going on. The author uses great attention to detail, along with vivid imagery and descriptions, to bring the story to life and to get the reader swept up in the process. I highly recommend this novel to fans of the genre, along with those who enjoy suspense and mysteries as well. This is a well crafted first novel in what promises to be a captivating new series.
Simon Toyne is the author of the Sanctus trilogy (Sanctus, The Key, and The Tower ). A writer, director, and producer in British television for twenty years, he worked on several award-winning shows, one of which won a BAFTA. He lives in England with his wife and family.
This is a giveaway hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours for Simon Toyne & William Morrow Books. There will be (5) US winners of (1) copy of The Searcher by Simon Toyne. The giveaway begins on November 1st, 2015 and runs through November 31st, 2015. For US residents only.