Way back in 1995, or thereabouts, I read my first Tom Savage novel, the fast-paced and chilling mystery thriller Precipice. Years later I came across an old copy of it at a book sale and re-read it once more. It was just as deliciously deceptive and thrilling as I remembered it to be. So of course, when I saw that there was a new Tom Savage thriller coming out, I had to get my hands on a copy of it. What follows are my thoughts after reading Mrs. John Doe.
Nora Baron, also known by her stage name Noreen Hughes, is a former actress and current drama/acting teacher on Long Island Sound. Wife to Jeff Baron, electronics consultant, and mother to Dana, she lives a fairly peaceful and idyllic life. After receiving a distressing phone call from her husband’s employer informing her of Jeff’s death, Nora travels to London, England to identify her husband’s body. As soon as she lands, things take an unexpected turn and Nora soon realises that not everyone is who they appear to be, as she unwittingly becomes a person of interest in a dangerous international conspiracy.
The first half of Mrs. John Doe was exactly what I had expected from Tom Savage, a fast paced, unpredictable and compulsively page turning read. The author’s use of subterfuge and misdirection was excellent, and I found myself blindsided by some of the twists in the storyline. Nora Baron, as the main character was portrayed as a quite capable, strong woman, and an excellent female role model. We definitely need more books with women like her. However, as the story progressed, everything became a little too perfect and too convenient for even this book, which already at the get go requires you to suspend all disbelief. I found the ending actually quite predictable, having kind of guessed the outcome sometime in the second half of the book.
In the end, not at the same level as Precipice, but nonetheless a light and easy to read, entertaining spy thriller.
I give Mrs. John Doe 3/5 stars.
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Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing (Alibi) for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.