Book Review: Relentless by Simon Kernick


I love a good page turner. Those books that make the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end, those I have to take to the bathroom with me, where sleep becomes interference and work just gets in the way – they’re my favourite kind.

When I decided to post reviews on my blog, I thought long and hard. Hmmm. Do I review all the books I read? (I can feel your yawns.) No! I’m only going to review the best. Consequently, the books may not necessarily be new, but they’ll all still be available.

So, if you enjoy a good thriller, hold onto the sides, you are in for one hell of a ride.



When Tom Meron picks up the phone on a normal Saturday afternoon, he has no idea of the ramifications for himself and his family. He hears his best friend being tortured, then give out his address. They are coming for him…

This book blows you away from the first sentence and takes you on a rollercoaster ride of intense panic. Written through the eyes of a terrorised Tom, trying to save himself and his family, and also through DCI Bolt, who is investigating Tom’s friend’s murder, allows the opportunity to explore bubbling undercurrents in both their worlds.

Mixing the first and third person viewpoint in a novel can be distracting. But somehow Kernick pulls it off by intertwining the frantic Meron with the calm DCI Bolt. And a killer lurking in the background provides an additional chilling undertone.

Full of twists and turns and emotionally charged throughout, Relentless is a rip roaringly good read.

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