Terry Hayes is a Hollywood screenwriter. He wrote and co-produced, amongst others, Dead Calm, starring Nicole Kidman, a lot of which I watched from behind the sofa. Hayes knows how to build a story, keep the suspense and keep you turning page after page. This is his debut novel. It’s a thriller and almost 900 pages long. I finished it in 5 days. I don’t want to give much of the story away but essentially it’s about a former intelligence agent who comes out of retirement because someone is committing untraceable murders using a book he wrote on forensic pathology. (The opening few chapters are pretty gory.) And this draws him into another case, which threatens the lives of huge numbers of people in America. It’s one of those books you stay up reading late into the night, when you know you should have gone to sleep hours ago.