The Sidewinder by Simon Maltman – Book Review

The Sidewinder by Simon Maltman – Book Review

The Sidewinder by Simon Maltman

The Sidewinder

Author – Simon Maltman
Publisher – Solstice Pub
Pages – 191
Released – 10th October 2018
ISBN-13 – 978-1625268457
Format – ebook, paperback
Reviewer – Marcia
Rating – 3 Stars
I received a free copy of this book
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There are three sides to every murder – yours, mine and the truth.

The Sidewinder is the new multi narrative mystery thriller from Northern Irish Amazon Bestseller Simon Maltman.

When two members of a former nineties band die in suspicious circumstances, the surviving members are embroiled in a web of murder, revenge, love and deceit. Follow the now politician, journalist, session musician and police officer as they attempt to uncover the truth, through many dark twists and turns. Nothing is as it appears in The Sidewinder.

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What gripped my attention when I read the synopsis for the book was ’multi-narrative’, I love multi-narrative books and this one didn’t disappoint. I have to say there was one voice that stood out above all the rest though, for me this was Journalist Andrew.

The story is set in Belfast, Ireland and is split into three sections. There are a lot of voices and the timeline switches between the present and the past when Andrew was in a band. In the present day, one of the ex-band members has been found dead. The report into his death has Andrew convinced something isn’t right. He then begins to look closer at the death of another bandmate, Ted, who died whilst they were on tour.

The book is only 191 pages long. If it was longer some areas could maybe have been developed further and we would have got a real taste for what was going on. Unfortunately, with most shorter books whilst the pace is fast and the plot comes at you thick and fast, some of the substance seems to be left out meaning that we don’t get enough meat and I really feel this is needed with a multi-narrative book and especially a thriller.

The book was not what I was expecting from the synopsis, yet, I still invested my time to see how it all worked out and I really did enjoy it, especially the last part. I did like the switching from the past to the present to tell the story as this was done effortlessly and you always knew where in the plot you were. Even if it was different from what I was expecting, it was still a good read.

Reviewed by Marcia

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About the Author

Crime fiction novelist and short story writer from NI. Member of the International Thriller Writers.

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20 Responses

  1. Gemma says:

    I do enjoy short books as they are often quicker to read but I agree this is often to the detriment of the plot and character development. This one sounds good though.
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  2. Jo Linsdell says:

    This sounds like one I might enjoy. I would never have considered this book based on the cover design but having read your review think I might give it a try.

  3. Susanne says:

    The Sidewinder sounds like a great little book to read on the train. I’ll need to check it out myself 🙂

  4. Aparna says:

    I also love books where narratives are switched. Looking forward to read from two perspectives.

  5. I love books with multi-narrative and timeline switch too! Unfortunately, this dio really caught my interest right after reading the synopsis. So sad it wasn’t that good!

  6. Christina says:

    This looks super interesting – excellent review!

  7. Robin Taylor says:

    Good review. Sometimes I prefer longer books.

  8. DJ Sakata says:

    I am in awe of your well-written review and positive tone for a book you didn’t fully enjoy. I find that type of review the hardest to write

  9. Megan | Ginger Mom and Company says:

    I completely agree with you – the first thing that caught my attention was multi-narrative. Not sure I would pick up a thriller though. And what a strange cover. Not a design I have seen very often. Great review 🙂

  10. Emma Mane says:

    Lovely review. I love multi narrative books.

  11. It really was. Thanks

  12. I agree about the cover, I think it really needs a makeover.

  13. I’m sure it would be a great train read.

  14. Wonderful, you should give this book a read then

  15. I agree about the cover. Thank you.

  16. Thank you. It really was.

  17. It was a good book just not what I was expecting.