Review: Hindsight ~ Owen Banner

Hindsight“I am hurtling eight stories to the pavement. There’s a bullet in my left shoulder and another chewing through my lung. I am going to die.” – Shirley O’Shea

When Shirley got out of prison three years ago, he committed himself to being there for his sister, Haley, and his aunt, Winnie–the only family he has left. Then he met Isaac, a man with connections to his grandfather and to the IRA. Isaac said he owed Shirley’s family a favor: deliver a package and get some money. But things are never that simple, are they? What should have been an easy drop-off blows Shirley’s world apart. Now he’s on the run, a continent away from those he loves, trying to figure out what he’s gotten himself into, who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in order to keep his family safe.

But Shirley has a few skeletons of his own banging on the closet doors, and the hinges are starting to come off.

4 Thumbs-UpThis is a debut novel from this Author, and I have to warn those readers who don’t approve of ‘rough’ language in their books; this one is full of it.

With that said, and still keeping on the subject of the language of the book, it isn’t there just because it can be, the Author uses it to reflect the language used by some of the characters in the book; and it actually adds to their development and makes them more realistic to the reader.  The main protagonist is one most people can relate to; he’s a bit of a ‘lad’ to use an English term, but he is lovable and likeable.  The Author has taken care with his characters to give them good backstories and then continue to develop them throughout the novel.  They are humourous and unerringly human, full of all the quirks and flaws that make a great character.

The plot in this novel is both well structured and fast paced, but written in such a manner it is almost impossible to review it without including a myriad of spoilers; so I am not even going to try.  The book is full of double cross and rough and ready action all of which take place without the novel missing a bit or slowing down.  Surprisingly for a novel in this genre it is more importantly unpredictable in its twists and turns, and this kept me turning the pages until I finished the book.

I would highly recommend this book to readers who are looking for something a little different and off the beaten track in the crime fiction arena.