More like life, then dull….. ***
Having read all of Robotham’s Joe O’Loughlin series, I was curious to read one of his stand alone novels.
Life or Death is a unique story that grips you from the beginning. Just the premise of a character breaking out of prison one day before his release is enough to make you want to read the book. Weaving the present with the past, Robotham reveals the motivation behind the escape, saving the twist to near the end. I do have to admit I had not figured things out until the author revealed the full story. Up to that point the novel is well written.
Robotham even manages to take what could have been a cliche – prisoner on the run connects with down and out mother and child – and gives it a twist that was surprising.
It is not until the climax that this novel falls apart. The confrontation between the good guys and bad guys is so full of holes, I was expecting the pages to fall apart. The rest is tied into a neat little package and left me with a feeling of being let down.
This one gets three stars. Actually it is a four star read up to chapter 64, then it becomes a three star read.