Adult book reviews, Book Reviews

The Lizard by Dugald Bruce-Lockhart – Review

 

My Rating ~ Four Stars

RELEASE DATE:  28 April 2020

Format: Paperback

Pages: 306

Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia

RRP:  AU$29.99

 

 

Blurb

Obsessed with his ex-girlfriend, Alistair Haston heads off to Greece, where she is on holiday. Mugged on arrival in Paros, he loses everything. So when a charming Aussie, shows up and offers Alistair a job recruiting tourists to pose for his wealthy boss, Alistair accepts.

It doesn’t take long to discover that it is not just painting the boss has in mind. Swept along on hedonistic tide of wild parties, wild sex and plentiful drugs, he revels in the pursuit of pleasure. But when the body of a missing tourist is found, all evidence points to Haston.

Arrested but allowed to escape, the body count piles up and Halston finds himself on the run by land and sea on a journey more breathtaking and more frightening than he could ever imagine.

 

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Review

Thank you so much to Bloomsbury Australia for providing me with a copy of The Lizard, in exchange for an honest review!

Alistair is just hoping to ‘accidentally’ bump into his girlfriend, who recently dumped him, when he heads off on holidays to Greece.  But his plans take a turn for the worse when he has all his money and passport stolen on the first night. Not wanting to alert the embassy that his passport is missing, for fear that they may send him home and cut his trip short, he jumps at the chance to make some easy cash, when an Australian stranger offers him a job, finding models for a rich painter.  Although his moral compass is knocked askew when he realises the painter has more than just painting in mind for the models, he needs the money, so continues with the job.

On the morning he wakes up to an empty house after a party, he is arrested without knowing why.  The police won’t tell him anything, he can’t contact anyone and has no idea what to do.  By the time they tell him a body has been found and he is the prime suspect, the evidence has already mounted around him and he knows he needs to escape.

A thrilling mystery with a range of unlikable characters, The Lizard brings to light one of my worst nightmares – being unable to prove you’ve been framed for something you didn’t do. The thought of this terrifies me and I found Alistair’s plight to be a tense and horrifying one.  A fast paced book with plenty of action and suspense, this was a good one to read right now, while we can’t go overseas 😅

 

 

 

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