Rules of Deception

By Christopher Reich

Synopsis from the Chapters website:

“Dr. Jonathan Ransom, a surgeon for Doctors Without Borders, is climbing in the Swiss Alps with his wife, Emma, when she falls into a hidden crevasse and dies. Twenty-four hours later, Jonathan receives an envelope addressed to his wife containing two baggage-claim tickets. Puzzled, he journeys to a railway station only to find himself inexplicably attacked by the Swiss police. Suddenly forced on the run, Jonathan’s only chance at survival lies in uncovering the devastating truth behind his wife’s secret life.”

I usually don’t read spy-type thrillers, but I found this book on the Kobo website for a very low price and decided to give it a try.  I was hooked!  This was a book that I couldn’t put down.  It was full of suspense and mystery and action and it was so interesting when Jonathan looks back on his marriage after finding out about his wife’s ‘other’ life and begins to see things differently.

There was so much going on in this book: mountain climbing, terrorism plots, mysterious financial practices, a complicated web of American/European/Middle Eastern politics…there was never a dull moment, that’s for sure!

I liked the way the chapters alternate between following different characters, so that right when you get hooked on something, the chapter ends and follows a different character, leaving you in suspense about the events in the chapter you just finished.  It certainly made me keep reading just to find out what happened next!

I thought that the book ended somewhat abruptly, but this book is, I believe, the first of three books about Jonathan Ransom, so it may have been intentional to leave some aspects of the book somewhat ‘unfinished’ since the author continued on with more books in this series.

I am definitely going to buy the other two books so that I can see what happens next.  If you are looking for a thrilling read, you should pick up this book!

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