Private Eye meets Agatha Christie
What if the British people had been given a vote about invading Iraq in 2003. And the referendum split the nation with a 52% to 48% yes vote. A young activist is beaten to death after an anti-war demonstration. The police say her murder was random. It wasn’t. More activists will be murdered. The activists only trust each other. Maybe that trust has already been betrayed. Witty, political and provocative, this New Adult mystery is based on real events, and keeps the reader guessing to the very end.
Not In My Name by Michael Coolwood intrigued me when I read the blurb. Political thrillers can be hit or miss with me, but thankfully, this one was a hit! I enjoy alternate history, and this author used this genre to tell a great story.
One thing I enjoyed most was the research that was clearly done. In order to write an alternate history, you need to know the facts of what happened. It made this so believable, and I think it’s one of the reasons this works so well.
The plot is a bit of a slow burn, but when the twists come, they are shocking. The tension is excellent, and really draws the reader in.
If you’re a fan of political thrillers with alternate history, I recommend giving this a read.
Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the review copy and the opportunity to honestly review this book on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
Michael Coolwood writes feminist cosy mysteries. His work is deeply political and his characters are driven by a desire to make the world a better place. This is partly due to a respect for passionate, caring people, and partly because cuts to the health service in the UK have ensured he can barely leave the house due to his swamp of health problems. Read about his books and ongoing crises at coolwoodbooks.com
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