Reviewed by Jonathan de Souza
You’d better hang on because When the Devil Drives is a roller coaster of a ride. The story is about Tessa Garrion, a woman who has gone missing. However, the novel focuses more on Jasmine Sharp, the private investigator who is hired to find her. A large part of the narrative is also devoted to the people who are supposedly behind Tessa’s disappearance. Though the story starts out slowly, once the investigation is underway it quickly becomes a page turner. Even though it is fast paced, some of the characters fall a little flat, while others, who only seem to be minor characters, are thrust into the spotlight for a longer time than I felt they should. To get to the truth, Jasmine takes us, the reader, on a wild goose chase, which I was almost sure would eventually lead to nowhere. Nevertheless, and I won’t spoil it for you, the investigation does lead to something, though whether it is what we were expecting, I’ll leave for you to find out.
Chris Brookmyre has done a wonderful job at cramming in so many themes into his book, though it sometimes begs the question if they really add that much to the story or whether they take up too much time. Either way, this is a wonderful thriller that is sure to give you the chills, which might come in handy if the summer months turn out to be scorching hot.
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