Review: ‘Someone Else’s Life’ by Kevin J Simington

This was published in July of this year (2020), just ahead of the tsunami of 600 new titles in August. If a few words here can help it raise its head above the breaking wave and get some readers, my work here is done.

This is a concoction of a book. It is part PI investigation, part martial arts, from the title you might have gathered that it is also partly an exposé of a particular kind of human trafficking (I have no idea if it is based in fact, but it looms large enough in the story to make me wonder), partly a story of the life of a single dad which many people will recognise, and part romance. Oh, and it will suit people who like to know what sort of gun they’ve been shot with. That’s a lot of parts.

The writing is good, and lively. The characters are all engaging: well drawn and with just enough differentiation. The teen daughter is a delight and when the wildcard Quinn shows up she lifts the whole thing.

The main protagonist, John Targett, is knowledgeable and authoritative in his fields of martial arts and guns. But he continually runs himself down regarding his parenting skills. And he freely admits he’s a tyro at his newish business of private investigating. However, he has smarts. So what he lacks in parenting experience he makes up for with wry, affectionate remarks and unconditional love. And what he lacks in PI experience he makes up for with a couple of clever, life-saving plans which are delivered at just the right pace to keep the reader avidly turning the pages.

Targett has, of course, A Big Grief in his past. Part of the book is devoted, entertainingly, to helping him expiate that.

There are a few longueurs, and some unhelpful repetitions. If you think ‘can I safely skip past this bit, I seem to have read it before’, you have and you can.

But when the book is motoring – as it usually is – it is an engaging, action-packed, fun-filled all-American adventure.

Published by Judi Moore

Hi there, I hope you find something to interest you here. In December 2017 I published my fourth book – ‘Wonders will never cease’. It’s a satirical campus novel set in the fictional Ariel University in 1985. If you enjoyed Tom Sharpe’s Porterhouse novels, Willy Russell’s ‘Educating Rita’, David Lodge’s campus novels or Malcolm Bradbury’s ‘The History Man’ back in the day, you may enjoy revisiting the ivory towers of 1980s’ academe thirty years on. See what you think. “It is December, 1985. The year is winding gently towards its close until Fergus Girvan, a Classicist at Ariel University, finds his research has been stolen by the man who is also seeking to steal his daughter. But which man is, actually, the more unscrupulous of the two? And is there hope for either of them?” In the autumn of 2015 I published a volume of short fiction: 'Ice Cold Passion and other stories'. I am also the author of novella 'Little Mouse', a shortish piece of historical fiction which I published in 2014 and, a sequel to it, 'Is death really necessary?', my eco thriller set in the near future and which, confusingly, I published in 2009. All the books are available from all good online bookshops and FeedARead on paper, and as e-books on Kindle. On a semi-regular basis, and about a month after the event, I post here reviews which I do for Big Al & Pals, the premier reviewer of indie books, based in the States. My interests tend to thrillers, SF, magic realism and other quirky stuff. On this blog are also posted the reviews I did for Leighton Buzzard Music Club over some five years up to the end of 2015. LBMC present annual seasons of eight monthly chamber music concerts at the Library Theatre in Leighton Buzzard, Bucks. They select young musicians just beginning to make their name - and the concerts are usually magnificent. I was very proud to be associated with them. I review other music, books, theatre and exhibitions which I've particularly enjoyed.

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