The Chair Man

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As a survivor of a terrorist attack in London, Michael Hollinghurst is now a wheelchair user seeking retribution online - but will soon become a sitting target. More
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About Alex Pearl

Alex Pearl is an extremely short-sighted and slightly shambolic author living in leafy North West London with a wife and overindulged cat. 'Sleeping with the Blackbirds', his first published work of fiction, was first published by Pen Press in 2011. It was longlisted for the Millennium Book Awards 2018 and selected by the Indie Author Project for distribution to public libraries across the US and Canada. In 2014, his short story 'Scared to Death' was published by Mardibooks in its anthology 'The Clock Struck War' to mark the centenary of the First World War. 'The Chair Man' published by Fizgig Press in 2019 is a thriller set in 2005 and is quite possibly the world's first thriller to feature a tetraplegic protagonist waging war on international terrorism. It was a Finalist in the 2021 Wishing Shelf Book Awards. During the Covid epidemic, Alex conducted a series of 100 author interviews, which he published in book form under the title '100 Ways to Write a Book.' All author proceeds are being donated to PEN International. 'A Brand to Die For' is his third work of fiction. His only other claim to fame is that he is almost certainly the only human being on this planet to have been inadvertently locked in a record shop on Christmas Eve.

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Piaras O Cionnaoith reviewed on Sep. 29, 2021

A gripping thriller from start to finish...

Thriller is a genre that uses suspense, tension, and excitement as its main elements. They stimulate the reader by giving them a high level of anticipation, ultra-heightened expectation, anxiety and terror. A thriller usually has highs and lows in the story keeping readers on the edge of their seat, wondering what will happen next or how the hero/heroine will overcome the antagonist's latest evil doings. The plots are scary, the characters are at great risk and they make the reader really want to turn the pages.

The Chair Man by Alex Pearl is a thriller that does all of the above… and more. It’s a superbly written and richly descriptive novel with brilliantly drawn characters and settings. The threads of storytelling are expertly woven in this thriller and suspense that it guarantees the attention of the reader. Skillfully constructed and set against the backdrop of the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London, this thriller had me turning the pages from beginning to end. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and conviction.

The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘Michael Hollinghurst is a successful corporate lawyer living a comfortable, suburban life in leafy North West London. But on 7 July 2005, his life is transformed when he steps on a London underground train targeted by Islamist suicide bombers. While most passengers in his carriage are killed, Michael survives the explosion but is confined to a wheelchair as a result… Coming to terms with his predicament and controlling his own feelings of guilt as a survivor conspire to push him in a direction that is out of character and a tad reckless. In a quest to seek retribution, he resorts to embracing the internet and posing as a radical Islamist in order to snare potential perpetrators… Much to his surprise, his shambolic scheme yields results and is brought to the attention of both GCHQ and a terrorist cell. But before long, dark forces begin to gather and close in on him. There is seemingly no way out for Michael Hollinghurst. He has become, quite literally, a sitting target.’

I enjoyed the story, character development, and dialogue. There were plenty of plot twists that I didn’t see coming and that added to the book’s mystique. When I stopped reading to work, I found myself wondering what happened in the book, and replaying parts of the novel in my head to see if I could figure more out. It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much. It’s a first-class thriller with perfect pacing. Not much is as it appears here, which is just the way fans of thriller and suspense will want it. Thoroughly enjoyed it, and highly recommended it. A well-deserved five stars from me.
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