The Controller by Matt Brolly was action packed from the very beginning. It was one of those books that fits the often overused term – a roller coaster of a read. The book didn’t stop, well until it stopped – but you know what I mean? Right!?
However, it wasn’t quite my cup of tea or maybe I just read it when I wasn’t in the mood for a violent, at times gory, blockbuster of a story.
It was well written.
Plenty of twist and turns.
It was just all a bit too much for me. I didn’t not enjoy it, but I could have easily put it aside at several points. It didn’t get better for me, it just got more flamboyant.
I liked some of the characters and I liked that Lynch lived his life in the grey areas. Rose, I liked a bit less and I felt that at times it was quite obvious that a man had written the female character.
Don’t let my review put you off as I said this is a fast-moving blockbuster of a thriller, it reminded me a little of the Jack Reacher books. And I am sure it will have an audience. It was cinematic.
Would I read more from Matt Brolly in the future? Yes. Probably.
I received a copy of The Controller by Matt Brolly from the publisher via Emma the blog tour organiser – Thank you.
From the bestselling author of the acclaimed DCI Lambert series comes The Controller, a gripping serial killer thriller introducing Sam Lynch and Special Agent Sandra Rose.
It is six years since special agent Samuel Lynch left the FBI following the disappearance of his son, Daniel. Lynch believes an underground organisation known as The Railroad is responsible and has never stopped searching.
When Special Agent Sandra Rose investigates a house invasion gone wrong, she discovers the assailant has the legendary, and infamous, Railroad tattoo carved onto his back and he claims to know Daniel’s whereabouts.
Rose draws Lynch in to her case, and together they become embroiled in an unparalleled world of violence and evil.
It seems that to see his son again, Lynch will have to confront his greatest fear and face the ultimate test: an encounter with the Railroad’s enigmatic and deadly leader, The Controller.
About Matt Brolly:
Following his law degree where he developed an interest in criminal law, Matt Brolly completed his Masters in Creative Writing at Glasgow University.
He is the bestselling author of the DCI Lambert crime novels, Dead Eyed, Dead Lucky and Dead Embers. The fourth in the series, Dead Time, was released by Canelo in May 2018 and a prequel, Dead Water, will be published in September 2019. In 2020 the first of a new crime series set in the West Country of the UK will be released by Thomas and Mercer (Amazon Publishing). The Controller, released in May 2019, is the first of a new thriller series set in Texas.
Matt also writes children’s books as M.J. Brolly. His first children’s book, The Sleeping Bug, was released by Oblong Books in December 2018.
Matt lives in London with his wife and their two young children. You can find out more about Matt at his website MattBrolly.co.uk or by following him on twitter: @MattBrollyUK
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