“If you ask me, the road to hell is most definitely paved with good intentions.”
*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Troubador Publishing Ltd in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***
There was just something about this story that caught my attention, and I knew I had to give it a try. Part of this feeling probably has to do with the setting, but I think the main reason would be the fact that A Patient Man is told from the point of view of a child. Most psychological thrillers out there show things from an adult perspective, so I was intrigued by how this story would work out by following little Mikey’s perspective. There is no doubt that this one of the things that makes A Patient Man stand out from other stories. Mikey is only eight years old, but street wise and definitely smarter than people think. It was interesting to see things from his perspective and see his character react to the situation and evolve over time. A Patient Man is without doubt a character driven psychological thriller, and the pace can be slow at times. A lot of attention has been given to the different characters, although we always see them through the eyes of Mikey. Things are not told in a chronological order and rather as our main character thinks it should be, leaving us wondering what really happened and how things fit. I’m not sure about the credibility of it all and I had my doubts about certain aspects of the plot, but overall it was an entertaining enough read.
The eight-years-old Mikey is looking forward to a summer of freedom exploring every part of Canvey Island, but things change after something horrible happens. Mikey’s neighbors, the Freemans, win a huge sum of money and are suddenly in the spotlight. Not long after, they become the target of a few criminals looking for easy money… The old couple destroyed forever as Peggy ends up dead and her husband Bert is determined to find out who was behind it and seek revenge. There are a lot of rumors on the island, most involving Mikey’s family since they have a bad reputation… But did they have something to do with it and how is Bert planning to seek revenge in the first place?
A Patient Man isn’t your typical psychological thriller as you experience everything through the eyes of an eight-year-old and very street wise kid. This definitely adds a little something extra to this character driven story, although I do have to say the pace is quite slow at points. I kind of saw the ending coming and didn’t like some of the characters, but overall this was without doubt an interesting story with a few hidden morals as well.