Book Title: Pendulum

Author: Adam Hamdy

Publisher: Headline

Publication Date: November 3rd 2016

Genre(s): General Fiction (Adult)

Pages: 496

Format Received: ARC (eBook)

Goodreads: James Patterson has hailed Adam Hamdy’s Pendulum as ‘one of the best thrillers of the year’ saying he read it in ‘one gloriously suspenseful weekend’. A photo-journalist is targeted for death in this high-concept, twisting, dangerous journey through a digital underworld. If you love Simon Kernick and Terry Hayes’ I Am Pilgrim, read this.

You wake. Confused. Disorientated. A noose is round your neck. You are bound, standing on a chair. All you can focus on is the man in the mask tightening the rope. You are about to die.

John Wallace has no idea why he has been targeted. No idea who his attacker is. No idea how he will prevent the inevitable.

Then the pendulum of fate swings in his favour. He has one chance to escape, find the truth and halt his destruction. The momentum is in his favour for now. But with a killer on his tail, everything can change with one swing of this deadly pendulum…

You have one chance. Run.

My Review: Adam Hamdy, why have I never read your books before?? Pendulum has knocked me for six. What a corker. Jack Reacher has some serious competition!

This novel is unbelievable, tremendous, fast paced and has you desperate to keep turning the pages … and that’s exactly what it did to me until 0115 in the morning!!! I do have one small admission though and that is at the beginning I was thinking it was a little ‘far fetched’ in places, but then the story accelerated and at a certain point it flipped 360 degrees and that was enough to have me hook, line and sinker. 

The characters are real, you can actually visualise yourself in their position and the killer is just so damn scary. Imagine this … you wake up and find yourself attached to a noose. Standing in front of you is a person tightening that noose but you can’t make them out as they’re in black armour with a black mask and black goggles. Are you imagining it? Yes! Scary isn’t it???

Pendulum was a great read. To be honest when I read the book description, I thought it sounded good and average and really didn’t know what to expect. I DID NOT EXPECT TO READ ANYTHING CLOSE TO WHAT I DID!

I want to thank Netgalley, Headline and Adam Hamdy for allowing me to have the opportunity to read this ARC. 

About the Author: Adam Hamdy is the author of the forthcoming Pendulum trilogy, which will be published by Headline in November 2016. New York Times bestselling author, James Patterson, said: “I read Pendulum in one gloriously suspenseful weekend. Definitely one of the best thrillers of the year.”

As a screenwriter, Adam has worked with studios and production companies on both sides of the Atlantic, and is currently developing original TV dramas with networks in the UK and US.

In addition to his film and television work, Adam is building a reputation as an author. After garnering critical acclaim, Adam’s self-published second novel, Out of Reach, was republished by Endeavour Press in 2015.

Prior to embarking on his writing career, Adam was a strategy consultant and advised global businesses in the medical systems, robotics, technology and financial services sectors.

Adam has a degree in Law from Oxford University and a degree in Philosophy from the University of London. Adam is a seasoned skier, rock climber, CPSA marksman, and is a member of the International Thriller Writers Organisation, the Society of Authors, the Crime Writers Association, and the Writers Guild of Great Britain.

For more information about Adam Hamdy, visit his website.


8 thoughts on “Pendulum

      1. I’ll be reading this for the new criminally good book club on Instagram. It’s the first pick of the club for January. Janel from Keeper of Pages started it, if you’re on Instagram maybe you’d like to join in?

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