There are no dialogues in this book.
Scratch that. There are no quotation marks in this book. Just lines. Italicized. Succinct. Also, there aren’t unnecessary back stories for unimportant characters or tedious facts that don’t add anything to the story – things that usually make thrillers boring for me.
The first chapter surprised me. The writing style wasn’t as I expected it to be. I was almost convinced I was reading a dystopian young adult. Tom Rob Smith’s writing style made it easy for me to picture a totalitarian Russian state under Stalin despite my lack of knowledge of Russian history. I got drawn into this society, its impossible restrictions and unbelievable rules, that the murders took a backseat.
There are some downfalls like the lack of dialogue, which made it hard for me to empathize with the characters, but the story was more than enough to draw me in and turn this into one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read.
The other members of my book club concur.
P.S. They made a movie of this book! I can’t wait to see it!