■ REVIEW: Don't Look Twice
Almost addictive writing

This book kicks straight into the action with a drive-by shooting at a service station happening in the first chapter and right under the nose of main character, Detective Ty Hauck.

What follows is a roller-coaster ride of chaos and violence that slowly reveals a level of corruption that surprises and saddens Hauck. His own brother is in the thick of it and even though they haven’t always had the easiest of relationships, Hauck can’t turn his back on him when eventually his involvement puts him in danger.

My first taste of the writings of Andrew Gross came via his collaborations with thriller-writer extraordinaire James Patterson, a man who seems to effortlessly turn out solid, easy-to-read books. Gross has that same skill: he writes in a way that is almost addictive, even once you’ve worked out the plot twist.

Another talent Gross shares with Patterson is the ability to write short chapters without making a book feel disjointed, which made this the perfect book for me to read during a recent trip: easy to pick up and put down at airports and on the plane.

I’m not quite sure how I missed this author’s first two solo efforts but will certainly be making the effort to track them down.

Don’t Look Twice, by¬†Andrew Gross (HarperCollins, RRP $36.99)

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