I’m delighted to be featuring Jack Jordan again on Linda’s Book Bag. I first encountered Jack’s writing when he launched his debut, Anything For Her, last year and was so impressed by what a talented thriller writer he is. You can read my review of Anything For Her here and buy a copy here.
Today I’m reviewing Jack’s latest novel My Girl which is another cracking thriller.
Paige Dawson: the mother of a murdered child and wife to a dead man.
She has nothing left to live for… until she finds her husband’s handgun hidden in their house.
Why did Ryan need a gun? What did he know about their daughter’s death?
Desperate for the truth, Paige dedicates her life to unearthing her husband’s secrets.
But she has no idea who she is up against, or that her life isn’t hers to gamble – she belongs to me.
My Review of My Girl
Having so enjoyed Jack Jordan’s debut Anything For Her, it was with some trepidation that I began My Girl as I was prepared to be disappointed by second novel syndrome. Not a bit of it. Jack Jordan’s incredible story telling ability shines through again in a thrilling new book.
Paige is in free fall in a spiral of drink and drugs following the disappearance of her daughter several years before and her husband’s suicide. Just when she hits rock bottom, her life implodes further.
My Girl is a thrilling narrative. I had to keep reading to find out what would happen next in this roller coaster story. Carefully constructed, brilliantly potted and satisfyingly concluded, I’d defy any crime or psychological thriller reader not to enjoy this book. It isn’t possible to say too much about the plot as this would spoil the read but suffice it to say that it is compelling and exciting, with quite a few gasp out loud moments.
The character of Paige is so well drawn, especially as the author is a young man and she is a middle aged woman. Jack Jordan understands what makes us human and he knows exactly how to exploit the frailties we all suffer. Paige’s behaviour is frustrating but totally understandable given the traumas she has been through.
What I find so skilful about Jack Jordan’s writing is his ability to provide the little details that really bring a scene alive without overwhelming his audience. He enables the reader to visualise completely what is happening with consummate ease so that there is a cinematic feel to the reading experience. Indeed, I think both My Girl and Anything For Her would make fabulous films.
I thought My Girl was brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I am so delighted that I have discovered this fantastically talented writer. I can’t wait for the next Jack Jordan book.
About Jack Jordan
Jack Jordan – ‘an introvert disguised as an extrovert, an intelligent person who can say very unintelligent things, and a self-confessed bibliomaniac with more books than sense.’