If you already didn’t know, Bloodhound Books have been a huge part of my blog this year. Helping them share and spread the news of their releases has given me immense pleasure. And today I’m extra happy because I am the one who’s going to put a bow-tie on the #BloodhoundChristmasCrackers celebration! For my turn today, I chose one of my top five 2018 reads – Midday by David B. Lyons. I’m not only going to repost my review of the book which, incidentally, I posted exactly 10 months ago but also a bullet-point reasoning of why you should read this book. Enjoy!
Author: David B. Lyons
Date of Publication: March 22nd 2018
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Four men. Five hours. Eight million Euros.When his alarm goes off at 7 am, bank manager Vincent assumes he is waking up to a regular working day. He couldn’t be more wrong.Minutes later, one of the most ambitious heists in Dublin’s history is underway — and Vincent finds himself at the centre of it.
While his boyfriend Ryan is held at gunpoint by two aspiring gangsters, Vincent is tasked with entering the vaults of the four branches he manages to steal two million euros from each one.
If he doesn’t return by midday with all of the money, Ryan will receive a bullet to the head.
As each minute ticks by, it becomes clear all is not as it seems.
But just who is calling the shots?
And can Vincent make it back in time to save his boyfriend’s life?
The clock is ticking.
Midday by David B. Lyons gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
To sum up my feelings for this book, let me put it all in bullet points:
- This book starts at 7am and ends at midday. This means that you are up on your feet, racing through the five hours of intense action, with the characters.
- The POVs of the four main characters – Vincent, Ryan, Jack and Darragh – has been written so vividly that you can clearly picture them in your head. There are two characters here I would love to meet. (Sorry can’t name them, spoilers!)
- Vincent and Ryan – a gay couple without any usual gay cliches. (Thank God!)
- The author has a very lively imagination, therefore making the novel picturesque.
- First time I underlined quotes in a novel –
“There is no proof of an afterlife whatsoever, which is why you have to make your years on earth count.”
“A successful relationship isn’t about finding someone you can’t live without, it’s about finding someone you can live with.”
- If you are a reader like me, you might be in shock for atleast two days from finishing the book.
- One of the rare times I want a novel turned into a movie. My choice of cast, if I may –
Vincent – Nikolaj Coster Waldau
Ryan – Dave Franco
Jack – Gabriel Byrne
Darragh – Domhnall Gleeson
About the Author:
Dublin-born author David B. Lyons has a new twist on the psychological thriller. His debut, Midday, will be released on March 22nd and promises readers a thrilling ride. It’s the story of the same extraordinary morning, told from the perspective of four different characters.
David comes from a journalistic background. He worked, mainly, in the areas of football and music reporting for over 12-years, notching a few awards along the way. He tried to write creatively in his spare time, but found the formulaic writing nature of his day job a hindrance. He met with producers about both a play and a TV pilot he had written, but both fell short of being green lit, much to his disappointed. However, it gave him the opportunity to fulfil a life-long dream of finally penning a novel. He completed a BA Hons Degree in Creative Writing and soon after, completed Midday. Three months later, that debut was picked up by Bloodhound Books and early buzz suggests a promising writing career lies ahead for the thirty-nine-year-old.
He now lives in Birmingham, UK with his wife Kerry and daughter Lola. He has read fiction all of his life and notes Dean Koontz as a real inspiration. He is also a big fan of Gillian Flynn as well as rising star Liz Nugent.
Thank you to the author for writing such an amazing read and also to replying to my messages when I went crazy after finishing this book. Super excited for your next gem!