Parabellum by Greg Hickey Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): Why does this keep happening? A shooting at a Chicago beach leaves several dead and dozens injured. In the year before the attack, four individuals emerge as possible suspects.

An apathetic computer programmer.
An ex-college athlete with a history of head injuries.
An Army veteran turned Chicago cop.
A despondent high school student.

One of them is the shooter. Discover who and why.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given Parabellum by Greg Hickey four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Firstly, can we appreciate how incredible the front cover of Parabellum is. Secondly, if the book description doesn’t intrigue you into wanting to read this book I don’t know what will. I was completely sold on the basis of that description, it encapsulated me almost instantaneously.

I found it took me a little while to fully immerse myself into this book, but I knew that I would enjoy it’s entirety due to the authors great use of descriptive writing, especially in the opening scene that takes place in the book. It took a little while to get used to whom I was currently reading about in the book at the time as we do not have actual names for the four characters. They go by: an ex-athlete, a computer programmer, a veteran and a high school student. I have to admit, it definitely confused me for over half way of the book.

It was very interesting to find out the backstories of each character; I thought their personal issues and behaviourisms made it difficult to try and pin one character to be the shooter as they’re all going through terrible times in their lives. At one point, I thought I had figured out who the shooter was going to be, but then the author decided to throw in a curveball and go in the completely opposite direction and threw me off completely. I was so shocked at how it ended! I won’t spoil this book for anyone but I will say that Greg Hickey is very good at keeping the reader interested throughout a story and knows how to pull on the readers emotions.

A very harrowing and suspenseful book which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I hope to pick up more books by this author in the future. I would definitely recommend this book to readers who enjoy playing detective.

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

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