RATING : 3.8/5
As I was browsing through the novels section of the library, the title of this book caught my attention and tingled my curious nerve (well, what kind of sins the father committed?). Further research told me that the book is the second one in the series “The Clifton Chronicles”. Here is an honest review of my first encounter with Jeffrey Archer’s writing.
The story has a bang on starting which compels you to sit in a comfortable surrounding and immerse yourselves in the book. Harry Clifton, assumes the identity of a man named “Tom Bradshaw” to solve some of his problems, little did he know that a sentence in prison awaits Tom Bradshaw. The author has an impeccable style of turning an ordinary sequence in the book to an extraordinary one. Harry’s character goes through many transformations and not one of them seems unjustified. His strong will in all adversity leaves an awe inspiring impact on the heart.
Emma, who is the mother of Harry’s child, leaves the safe confinement of her home and begins her search for Harry. She embraces a decision, which might even result in orphaning her child. Jeff’s efforts should be applauded for portraying a women as a strong, sharp and able individual. The parallel stories of Maise (Harry’s mother) and other important characters, serve as a delightful distraction to the reader. Jeff has been quite fair in exploring the life of every character with equal vigor. This kind of fairness is rarely witnessed as the protagonist usually steals the limelight.
In nutshell, the book won’t disappoint you for sure. The only factor which makes you growl a little is the ending. Imagine you are informed that your semester results have been announced, the only catch is, you will know them after a year. Yes! That kind of frustration will engulf you. The cliff hanger at the end will make you curse Jeffery Archer (no offence) yet admire his penmanship.
P.S: If you want an even better reading experience, I suggest you read the prequel “Only Time Will Tell”