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The Chair Man


Worth reading 😎

Drama in abundance, action when needed, twists so the reader never settles and emotion to cultivate character investment.

‘The Chair Man’ by Alex Pearl is a dramatic, pulsating and unpredictable read, sometimes lacking nuance and intricacy. There is a constant desire to read on, with the right mix of action and intrigue, entwining multiple stories into a thrilling climax. Michael, or The Chair Man, sits at the centre of this, and watching him deal with the reality of becoming disabled through vengeance makes for an interesting story.

This interweaving of multiple stories is where the book succeeds, with pieces of the jigsaw being slotted together in the readers mind as the tale progresses. Naturally, there is a reality to the stories and events that take place, with the book providing an insight into the trauma and pitfalls of various individuals dealing with the aftermath of a terrorist attack. An intricate web is built very effectively.

The emotional state of Michael, the protagonist, is addressed through various points in the book, with depression a very real subject. However, this could go deeper, with a more consistent conversation. Naturally, there is an element of Michael’s thirst for vengeance subduing his negative thoughts, but the mental issues around becoming a tetraplegic could have added an extra layer to the story if delved into more deeply.

The mental intricacies of the terror cell that features throughout the story also offers an opportunity for insight into the thinking of a group we would describe as ‘evil’. Themes around the subjectivity of religious drive and reason could have been explored, but instead the pretence of all terrorists being solely ‘evil’ is only emphasised within the story. They are the ‘bad guys’ of the story, so to speak, which when the minds and thoughts of these characters are offered up within the writing, shouldn’t be so black and white.

Extricating from subjectivity, however, and observing the book totally objectively, it is entertaining and compelling. Drama in abundance, action when needed, twists so the reader never settles and emotion to cultivate character investment.  When put like this, the story doesn’t go too far wrong, and it is certainly worthy of consumption. 

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About the author

Back in the distant mists of time, Alex spent three years at art school and then went on to find employment as a writer in the advertising industry. He turned to writing fiction in 2011 with his urban fantasy 'Sleeping with the Blackbirds', which he wrote for his children. view profile

Published on December 15, 2019

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90000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Thriller & Suspense

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