I was given a paperback copy of this novel from the author* in exchange for an honest review.
The idea of a main character running from a man in pink glasses as a thriller novel sounded absolutely absurd to me when the author contacted me about a review request. Generally, I do not accept review requests from self-published authors* (see my policies here) but I made an exception for Daniel Fox because of the way he wrote his email. He was polite, conversational, persuasive, and made his novel sound intriguing. All I could think of was, what if he writes his novels the way he writes his emails? So although I wasn’t sure about the general idea of the book, I had high hopes that his writing would captivate me anyway.
In the novel, we are introduced to Jason, a young man in high school, who is on the run from ‘the man in the pink sunglasses.’ The only people who know that he’s been on the run are his parents and his best friend, Ivy. They’ve moved every two years or so, and so far Ivy has been the only one Jason could trust with the few details he knows… or thinks he knows, anyway.
When the man is spotted in town, Jason isn’t ready to split town, most of all because of Ivy. However, he knows that the man is dangerous, and he’s under strict orders from his parents to report any sighting as soon as possible. Thinking that he may be able to figure out what he wants this time, Jason holds his tongue- but he pays for it.
In a rapid paced thriller, Fox keeps his readers on their toes. Personally, I love a fast pace that keeps me turning the pages, but I felt this was almost too fast a pace. The first fifty or so pages are character and plot building, but it feels so rushed, causing unnecessary redundancy while building the suspense. I felt like my eyes were being bounced around from paragraph to paragraph, instead of hungrily soaking up the words. However, things hit their stride mid-book, and I found myself absorbed. Although there’s some predictability in the plot, I was enjoying the read, and the plot was starting to come together. There was a rapid decent after the climax… I could guess the last 30 pages of the plot by that point. Still, I continued to read to see how Fox would wrap things up.
Overall, it took me 5 hours to read from cover to cover. In the end, I found Lies That Bind to be a solid thrill and enjoyable, but in need of a little more meaningful suspense. I’d definitely recommend it to someone who wanted a good thrill but a quick read. And again, I want to say thank you to Daniel Fox for the opportunity to review his book- and to say that I’m glad I ignored my policy, because I was definitely captivated!