’24 Hours’ by Greg Iles

One of the better books I’ve re-read in a while-’24 Hours’ is a satisfying piece of thriller.

I recently watched the movie ‘Butterfly on a Wheel‘ starring Pierce Brosnan and Gerard Butler and was immediately reminded of a similar storyline I’d read before. After a bit of digging into my book-shelf, I managed to locate this book and was convinced the movie is based on the book. However, a few seconds of google-search proved I was wrong- the movie has nothing to do with the book.

Anyway, since I now had the book in my hand, I thought I’d give it a read. A sleek, neat thriller it turned out to be. Will Jennings and Karen are living the dream life. The couple dotes on their daughter, Abby, who is a juvenile diabetic. When Will leaves home for a weekend to attend a medical convention, little do the pair realize that their lives are soon to be turned upside down. Abby is kidnapped for ransom and the kidnapper tells Will that he has carried out kidnappings periodically and that it’s only the money he is interested in. However, Will and Karen instinctively know the stakes are different this time-the life of their daughter hinges on their ability to outsmart a professional criminal, who seems invincible. In 24 hours. Does Abby survive? Does the family reunite?

Well-written with enough intrigue and suspense, the book qualifies as a good thriller. Thriller buffs will surely find this one to their liking! A book that reiterates the fact that familial love trumps every other hardship, ’24 Hours’ is well worth your time.

P.S. A few more seconds of google-search leads to this information-The 2002 movie ‘Trapped‘ is based on ’24 Hours’. Oh well.

You can buy the book here-

http://www.amazon.com/24-Hours-Greg-Iles/dp/0451203593

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/24-hours-greg-iles/1100310127

 

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