I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

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.

6 thoughts on “I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

  1. Totally agree with everything you say here, completely consumed me, loved every page. Powerful, practical and believable.

    Currently reading Shantaram, totally compelling and thought provoking. A must in my humble opinion.

    1. I haven’t read Shantaram – but have heard great things! Will get it. Thanks

  2. My favourite all time book. Brian O’Driscoll tweeted about it and I thought I’d give it a go. Not my usual read but I thought it was fantastic. Looking forward to seeing what they do with the film.

  3. Hi Sophie, I’m glad to see I’m not the only obsessive runner and reader. I’ve enjoyed several of the books you’ve reviewed (including this one), I also did the NDW50 this year and am currently lugging War and Peace around in my running backpack for my commuting read. What are your ultra plans? I’m doing the Copenhagen ironman this weekend then plan to do the NDW50 again next year before (maybe??) having a crack at a 100 miler in 2020.

  4. Hi Sophie,
    I’m glad to see that I’m not the only obsessive runner and reader. I’ve enjoyed several of the books you’ve reviewed including this one. I also did the NDW50 this year and I’m currently lugging Ware and Peace around in my backpack for my commuting read. What are your plans for future ultras? Last weekend I did the Copenhagen Ironman and in a couple of weeks I’m also doing the two mile swim in the Serpentine. Next year I plan to do the NDW50 again before having a crack at a 100 miler in 2020.

  5. I loved this book. It just gets better as it goes along…

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