Title: The Killing Hour
Author: Paul Cleave
Published: Atria Books, 2013
Synopsis: 'They come for me as I sleep. Their pale faces stare at me, their soft voices tell me to wake, to wake. They come to remind me of the night, to remind me of what I have done.'
Only Charlie doesn't know what he has done. His shorts are covered in blood, there's a bump on his forehead and on the news it says the two young women he was with the night before were brutally murdered.
Charlie knows Cyris is the murderer - except the police don't believe Cyris exists. Nor does Jo, Charlie's ex-wife, to whom he goes for help. He desperately wants her to believe in him, and when she doesn't, he knows he must force her. As Charlie goes on the run with Jo bound and gagged in the car boot, he tries to figure out whether Cyris is real or imagined, while the killing hour approaches yet again... (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: This is Paul Cleave's second published novel, the first being The Cleaner. I really enjoyed The Cleaner and was interested in picking up the second book written by Paul Cleave. While this is not a sequel to The Cleaner, it's set in the same place and references the first book once or twice. There are, I believe a couple of references to a character who will be focused on in a later book too. That being said, I don't think you need to have read any of Paul Cleave's other books to enjoy this.
I went into this book not knowing a lot about it, as I didn't bother reading the synopsis. I think that was a really good way to go into the book as I was really surprised by everything that happened. The synopsis doesn't give a lot of plot away, it was just that I had no idea what was happening right from the start.
I really loved this book. I read it in two days in four settings. I genuinely couldn't put it down. The book starts off with Charlie waking up and things are revealed really slowly about what happened and as they get revealed his story just seems so crazy and unbelievable. It's really hard to tell if Charlie was telling the truth or if he was just making up this insane sounding story.
I don't think there was ever a dull moment in The Killing Hour as there was always something going on. There were a few twists and turns that were really unexpected. It really was just a thrilling book.
In terms of the New Zealand aspect of this book, it's set in Christchurch, New Zealand which I'm quite familiar with so it was very interesting reading the book and finding the main character Charlie finding himself in places which I was quite familiar. It's definitely something different hearing about a killer in a place you're very familiar with.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Killing Hour by Paul Cleave. It's so interesting and fans of thrillers should definitely check it out as it has an interesting spin on the run of the mill thrillers that are out there. I am definitely going to be checking out more by Paul Cleave.
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