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Book Review: King of the Road #aussieauthor

King of the Road is a debut crime-fiction novel by Nigel Bartlett. Thirty-five year old David Kingsgrove is a freelance writer living in the inner-city area of Sydney. His ordinary life is shattered when his 11-year old nephew, Andrew, disappears one weekend while staying with him. Unfortunately for David, he becomes the main suspect in the investigation. Knowing that the police are on the wrong track and that every moment they waste potentially puts Andrew in more danger, David is left with one option: to look for Andrew himself.

With the help of his friend, ex-cop Matty, David absconds to look for Andrew. His search takes him through the far west region of Parkes to the western Sydney suburbs of Penrith and Parramatta. David finds himself caught in a dark web of social media and the dangers it can pose for young kids.

Will David find Andrew?

Will he find the people responsible for Andrew’s disappearance?

How far will he go to save someone he loves?

This was a gripping story by Bartlett just to find out what happened to Andrew and who is responsible. It’s certainly a page-turner and keeps you guessing. The final outcome is partly unpredictable. As far as the characters are concerned, while I liked David, I felt he was a bit one-dimensional when on the run. I did find parts of the story when David’s on the run a tad far-fetched but ultimately, the need to know who-dun-it was enough to keep me going.

If you are looking for a thrilling summer read, you will certainly enjoy this book.

My rating: 

King of the RoadΒ (2015) by Nigel Bartlett

316 pp, Vintage Books (Random House Australia), $32.99 rrp

***This has been reviewed as part of the 2016 Aussie Author Challenge and Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge. I aim to read 12 books by Aussie Authors and 40 books to outdo myself this year***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Reema D'souza
    3 January 2016 at 12:46 am

    Crime fiction is one of my favourite genres too. This looks like an interesting read.

    • Cathy
      3 January 2016 at 8:33 am

      Sounds like an interesting book. I don’t usually read that genre but it does sound intriguing and exciting. Good for a winter read, too? Heheh! Funny to think of Australia in the midst of summer while we freeze our butts here in Canada. That whole opposite seasons fascinates me.
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      • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
        3 January 2016 at 12:54 pm

        Haha Cathy…yes , I’m sure it’ll be a lovely winter read by the fire or heater πŸ˜€

        My sister was just saying today it finally feels like winter there as it’s cold and snowing. She was disappointed not to have a white Christmas this year. πŸ˜›

    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      3 January 2016 at 12:53 pm

      Yeah it’s a pretty quick read too and if you like crime, you will enjoy it
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  • Reema D'souza
    3 January 2016 at 12:46 am

    Crime fiction is one of my favourite genres too. This looks like an interesting read.

    • Cathy
      3 January 2016 at 8:33 am

      Sounds like an interesting book. I don’t usually read that genre but it does sound intriguing and exciting. Good for a winter read, too? Heheh! Funny to think of Australia in the midst of summer while we freeze our butts here in Canada. That whole opposite seasons fascinates me.
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      • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
        3 January 2016 at 12:54 pm

        Haha Cathy…yes , I’m sure it’ll be a lovely winter read by the fire or heater πŸ˜€

        My sister was just saying today it finally feels like winter there as it’s cold and snowing. She was disappointed not to have a white Christmas this year. πŸ˜›

    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      3 January 2016 at 12:53 pm

      Yeah it’s a pretty quick read too and if you like crime, you will enjoy it
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  • Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews
    3 January 2016 at 10:38 am

    Great to hear your thoughts on this title. When it was first published I recall reading the synopsis and thinking it sounded really compelling. It can often be a very thin line between compelling/action-packed and far-fetched can’t it. A recent example for me in that regard was J M Green’s ‘Good Money’ (highly recommended) which involved a few connections/associations that seemed a little bit of a stretch, but in that case I landed on the side of it being worthy trade-off for an entertaining plot.
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      3 January 2016 at 12:55 pm

      It’s still a good book but yeah, you’ve got to suspend belief in some parts. Maybe that’s why I like psychological thrillers…they seem a bit more believable. I’ll keep Green Money on my TBR list for later in the year perhaps.

  • Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews
    3 January 2016 at 10:38 am

    Great to hear your thoughts on this title. When it was first published I recall reading the synopsis and thinking it sounded really compelling. It can often be a very thin line between compelling/action-packed and far-fetched can’t it. A recent example for me in that regard was J M Green’s ‘Good Money’ (highly recommended) which involved a few connections/associations that seemed a little bit of a stretch, but in that case I landed on the side of it being worthy trade-off for an entertaining plot.
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      3 January 2016 at 12:55 pm

      It’s still a good book but yeah, you’ve got to suspend belief in some parts. Maybe that’s why I like psychological thrillers…they seem a bit more believable. I’ll keep Green Money on my TBR list for later in the year perhaps.