Suspicion by Joseph Finder

October 31st, 2014 kimbacaffeinate Review 43 Comments

31st Oct
Suspicion by Joseph Finder
Suspicion
by Joseph Finder
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Suspense, Thriller
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne Star

When single father Danny Goodman suddenly finds himself unable to afford the private school his teenage daughter adores, he has no one to turn to for financial support. In what seems like a stroke of brilliant luck, Danny meets Thomas Galvin, the father of his daughter’s new best friend, who also happens to be one of the wealthiest men in Boston. Galvin is aware of Danny’s situation and out of the blue offers a $50,000 loan to help Danny cover his daughter’s tuition. Uncomfortable but desperate, Danny takes the money, promising to pay Galvin back. What transpires is something Danny never imagined. The moment the money is wired into his account, the DEA comes knocking on his door. Danny’s impossible choice: an indictment for accepting drug money that he can’t afford to fight in court, or an unthinkably treacherous undercover assignment helping the government get close to his new family friend. As Danny begins to lie to everyone in his life, including those he loves most in the world, he must decide once and for all who the real enemy is or risk losing everything—and everyone—that matters to him.

Suspicion by Joseph Finder is an intense thriller where a father down on his luck borrows money from the father of his daughter’s best friend and ends up in a cat and mouse game that could cost him his life. While not without flaws, Suspicion was a fast-paced tale that kept me flipping the pages.

Caffeinated Aspects

  • Suspicion was an engaging thriller with twists and turns that kept me flipping the pages and unsure of the characters.
  • Finder presents an interesting dilemma for Danny. As a parent, I know the lengths I would go to for my own children. Would I have taken the money? This question makes the events surreal and amped up the suspense. Danny is an ordinary guy who finds himself swimming with sharks.
  • Twists and turns had me flipping the pages and questioning character’s motives. Finder keeps the reader unsure as he notches up the danger and slowly reveals motives. Red herrings made the story unpredictable, and I loved the chase to the truth.
  • Finder’s descriptions, pacing and clever plot kept the intensity high. This was an easy read and the four hundred pages quickly passed by.

Decaffeinated Aspects

  • The tale needed more development in the beginning of the novel. I wish that Finder had fleshed out the details and personalities of Danny and his daughter. I had trouble feeling for the daughter, who presents as a whiny teen. *but are not all teen girls that way?* I felt a little background would have perhaps endeared them to me.
  • There were moments that had me rolling my eyes and questioning the plausibility. I had to let go, and just go with it.
  • As much as I admired some of Danny’s strengths and the fact that he cares for his daughter, I did not really like him. This kept me from becoming emotionally invested in the outcome. Stupidity and sheepish behavior are not aspects I look for in a hero.

Overall, Suspicion was a suspenseful tale and I certainly had no difficulty consuming it. Weaknesses aside, this was action packed and had, me guessing the outcome.

About Joseph Finder

Joseph Finder’s plan was to become a spy. Or maybe a professor of Russian history. Instead he became a bestselling thriller writer, and winner of the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for BURIED SECRETS (2011), winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel for KILLER INSTINCT (2006) and winner of the Barry and Gumshoe Awards for Best Thriller for COMPANY MAN (2005).

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43 Responses to “Suspicion by Joseph Finder”

  1. Melliane

    The story sounds interesting with the questions and all but with your problems I wonder if I would have enjoyed it… I think it would have annoyed me a lot too, mainly about the credibility of the events. Not sure I’ll try this one.
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  2. Faye

    I think all mysteries (and mystery thrillers) should strive to make the readers guessing and on their toes, and if those book was able to successfully do that with you, then I think it did its job 😉 You know, it’s weird – I know teen girls are really whiny (our generation now is bordering to hopeless if you believe the internet hahaha), but I always keep them to a certain standard in books. I want them not to be flawless but not to be ridiculous and whiny either. I certainly understand why you would be annoyed!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I do love it when the author keeps me guessing for as long as possible. Thanks Faye.

  3. Jenny

    I’ve definitely read a couple books lately where I’ve had to silence that part of me that constantly questions plausibility and just let myself get carried through on entertainment value alone. The minute I start asking too many questions, the story falls apart. Sounds like this was that kind of story for you Kim, but I’m glad it was a solid enough read:)
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was a fun suspenseful read overall Jenny, but yes I know exactly what you mean.

  4. Berls

    I feel like I’ve seen this one somewhere else recently, but I can’t remember where. On one hand it really interests me – like you said, as a parent you can relate. What wouldn’t I do for my stepson? On the other hand, I need connections to my characters. I mean, my stepson certainly has the teenage angst thing down right now (and we’re all going crazy) but I can deal with it because I know the good, sweet boy hiding behind the mood swings. LOL! So, I don’t know about this one yet. Going on my maybe list. Great review!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I think I could have liked them, but this tale is more plot driven. That extra could have pushed this to the next level, since I was totally drawn in by the suspense.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah, but to the guy who lent it..he spokes cigars that cost more than most make in a year. I felt he sold this aspect.

  5. Braine

    I’m too nitpicky when it comes to characters esp if the story is driven by them. The dad sounds like he’ll irritate me and I might have problems dealing with the impossible plausibles.

    Happy Halloween!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      The plot was quite good despite the issues, and I needed to know.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I still recommend it, just go in knowing it is more plot driven.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      The plot was very good and kept me intrigued, I just needed a little more, but I still recommend it.

  6. Linnae

    This release sounds perfect for moi! I love it when a story keeps me guessing and yes, all teenage girls whine. It’s a rite of passage for womanhood. It’s too bad Danny isn’t a sympathetic character but then he did take money from a basic stranger which is a huge NO in my book. Thanks for the heads up on this book. It’s now on my birthday list.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I really got caught up in this Linnae and totally recommend it despite wanting more.

  7. Tanja

    I don’t think I have heard of this one. I do like the idea and also I like thrillers with unpredictable twists and turns, but I’d have problems with those unbelievable elements. It’s just bugs me too much. Great review, Kim 🙂
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  8. Lily

    The thing about mystery and thriller books is that they either work or they don’t and while I hate admitting that it’s very true 🙁 I’m not sure where I would fall under for this one, either the “this one works” or the “this one doesn’t work” pile and it’s pretty difficult. Either way thanks for the heads up about this one Kimba! Also, happy Halloween 🙂
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I recommend it despite the drawbacks for me. I liked that it flowed well and kept me engaged.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      So true Angela, usually it is the other and ends up with a hero in a romantic suspense..LOL

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I just didn’t know enough about him to care and some of his actions made me twitchy, but overall I enjoyed it.

  9. Katherine

    This sounds like an interesting thriller and what a concept! I think pretty much any parent could relate to that kind of dilemma. It is too bad that the characters aren’t more developed but that does seem to happen more in thrillers than other genres. I’ll have to look for this one!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah, it was like someone trimmed off all the fat and served the meat. Sometimes that fat makes the dish juicer.