Book Reviews

To the Ends of the Earth by Michael Gouda at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 06-June-2019

Book Blurb

What do you do when when your lover is out to kill you? 

 

After university, Johnny dated a mysterious and influential man who never disclosed his profession. Now, following a quarrel, Johnny suffers a series of attacks—attempts on his life that his lover has the power and influence to perpetrate. 

 

With nowhere else to turn, he must rely on his childhood best friend. But can Johnny trust him? With time running out and the world against him, Johnny must solve the mystery himself if he wants to survive.

 

Book Review

Johnny’s story, set in Britain and told in first person, is a harrowing tale of friendship, shocking surprises, betrayal, action-packed suspense, and had me wondering how this was possibly going to end well. Just look at the cover – it describes the “mood” of this novella really well. From a fairly idyllic childhood with his best friend, Jacob, at his side through primary school, Johnny’s life doesn’t really turn for the worse until he meets a secretive man named Lex, gets married, and they have a major disagreement. Then the attacks on his life begin, and Johnny is pretty much on the run until he solves the puzzle of who exactly is out to kill him.

Lots of misdirection, confusing hints about what might be going on, and a very clever solution make this a very exciting book. I did not suspect the outcome, but in a weird way, it did make sense. The would-be murderer’s motivation is darkly “logical” – if you can call a deranged man’s thinking that. It is definitely not rational, but the man has his reasons – warped as they may be.

If you like stories that examine the darker side of human psychology, if dry humor in the face of threats to a man’s life is your thing, and if you’re looking for a suspenseful read that is only about 60 pages long but feels like a much longer story, then you will probably like this novella. Just make sure you fasten your proverbial seat belt when reading this book!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 60 pages/21225 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 31-May-2019
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/to-the-ends-of-the-earth-by-michael-gouda-10513-b