Reviews for Vicious Circle

Booklist Reviews 2013 September #1
Following closely on the heels of 2011's Those in Peril, this oddly paced thriller finds Hector Cross, former soldier turned wealthy landowner and businessman, grief-stricken after a devastating attack on his wife and their unborn child. He vows to find the people responsible and to make them pay for what they've done. Sounds like the makings of a really good thriller, but Smith's stately pacing and his frequently overwrought writing ("Scream as much as you like. No one will hear you. No one will come to help you. No one will believe you") makes the book a bit of a slog for readers accustomed to speedy storytelling in their action-driven thrillers. Some of Smith's prose might rub some readers the wrong way, too, when they encounter lines that seem distinctly out of place in a modern novel ("An hour dragged by like a cripple"). Recommended mainly for veteran best-seller Smith's devoted fan base; others will be disappointed. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.