Book Review #68: Absolute Proof by Peter James

Title: Absolute Proof

Author: Peter James

Genre: Thriller

Format: Paperback

Date of Publication: October 23rd 2018

Publisher: Macmillian

ISBN13: 9780230772212

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Investigative reporter Ross Hunter nearly didn’t answer the phone call that would change his life – and possibly the world – for ever.

“I’d just like to assure you I’m not a nutcase, Mr Hunter. My name is Dr Harry F. Cook. I know this is going to sound strange, but I’ve recently been given absolute proof of God’s existence – and I’ve been advised there is a writer, a respected journalist called Ross Hunter, who could help me to get taken seriously.”

What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would be the consequences?

The false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life’s work of a famous atheist, and the credibility of each of the world’s major religions are all under threat. If Ross Hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence.

My first Peter James read, and I enjoyed it pretty well. The topic of finding the proof of God’s existence is one of intriguing interest. Though I know what I think about God, it was refreshing to read another perspective of it.

Absolute Proof starts off on a slow pace, but catches steam when the first twist in the story happens, which takes a bit longer than expected to come. After this point, it was hard for me to put down the book. I was completely hooked on to the story, so much so, that I lost a night’s sleep thinking what will happen next. Every chapter is short with most of them action-packed to keep me reading. All the action and adventure and the way it is written made reading this novel an absolute pleasure. Throughout the novel, I had the urge to sneak ahead and see what’s happening. It was very hard for me to stop myself from going ahead of myself and I feel that was a good thing! For me, that’s the sign of a good book.

But, there’s a but. The climax.

Just imagine you’re just minding your own business, and then you feel your nose twitch. You immediately realise a sneeze is about to happen. The twitching increases, your face scrunches, your body recoils, in full preparation for the incoming sneeze. You brace yourself for the inevitable and… the sneeze doesn’t come. You are left standing there, with a scrunched face, looking silly, with no sneeze. An anti-climax. That’s how I felt about the ending of Absolute Proof. I have a number of questions which are left unanswered, and therefore I feel a bit disappointed. But that doesn’t make me discredit the rest of the book that came before the ending. It made me forget of the world around for some time, so the book fulfilled its purpose to some extend.

Final Verdict:

Absolute Proof by Peter James gets 4 out of 5 stars from me.

About the Author:

Peter James is a UK No. 1 bestselling author, best known for writing crime and thriller novels, and the creator of the much-loved Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. With a total of 13 Sunday Times No. 1s under his belt, he has achieved global book sales of over 19 million copies to date, and has been translated into 37 languages.

Synonymous with plot-twisting page-turners, Peter has garnered an army of loyal fans throughout his storytelling career – which also included stints writing for TV and producing films. He has won over 40 awards for his work, including the WHSmith Best Crime Author of All Time Award, Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger and a BAFTA nomination for The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons for which he was an Executive Producer. Many of Peter’s novels have been adapted for film, TV and stage.

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