Five Minutes Alone: A Thriller by Paul Cleave

October 21st, 2014 Kimberly Review 42 Comments

21st Oct
Five Minutes Alone: A Thriller by Paul Cleave
Five Minutes Alone
by Paul Cleave
Genres: Suspense Thriller
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In the latest thriller by the Edgar-nominated author of Joe Victim, someone is helping rape victims exact revenge on their attackers, prompting an edge-of-your-seat, cat-and-mouse chase between old friends, detectives Theodore Tate and Carl Schroder. Carl Schroder and Theodore Tate, labeled "The Coma Cops" by the media, are finally getting their lives back into shape. Tate has returned to the police force and is grateful to be back at home with his wife, Bridget. For Schroder, things are neither good nor bad. The bullet lodged in his head from a shooting six months ago hasn't killed him, but, almost as deadly, it's switched off his emotions. When the body of a convicted rapist is found, obliterated by an oncoming train, Tate works the case, trying to determine if this is murder or suicide. The following night, the bodies of two more rapists surface. It's hard to investigate when everyone on the police force seems to be rooting for the killer. There's a common plea detectives get from the loved ones of victims: When you find the man who did this, give me five minutes alone with him. And that's exactly what someone is doing. Someone is helping these victims get their five minutes alone. But when innocent people start to die, Tate and Schroder find themselves with different objectives, and soon they're battling something they never would've expected: each other.

Fall is the perfect time of year for a good suspense thriller and Five Minutes Alone by Paul Cleave delivered in spades. Suspenseful, with twists and turns Five Minutes Alone, takes you into the minds of several characters in a cat and mouse game. What would you do if you had five minutes alone with the person who hurt you or yours?

Five Caffeinated Reasons to grab a copy of Five Minutes Alone

  • Cleave weaves a clever tale of suspense as a killer helps rape victims get revenge against their attackers. The plot is tight, and moves between perspectives as Cleave builds his spider web and characters find themselves trapped.
  • Carl Schroder and Theodore Tate known to the media as the “Coma Cops” are finally recovering. Tate is back on the duty, and he and his wife are working to recover from their loss. His life is complicated and messy. Carl however is walking around with a bullet lodged in his head. He’s alive, but it’s a ticking time bomb. He now finds himself permanently retired. Cleave did an excellent job of fleshing out these characters and exposing their flaws and weaknesses. While I didn’t care for either of them, I did find myself completely immersed in their stories.
  • If you or your loved one was attacked by someone and forever changed, would you want your five minutes? Cleave presents an interesting question as victims are afforded the opportunity to seek revenge.
  • The plot was well-paced, with twists and turns that closed the characters in. Secondary characters added depth to the story and gave it believability. Five Minutes Alone was a nail-biting, page-turner, and I found myself holding my breath as the cops closed in on their suspect.
  • Cleave allowed us perspectives from both the killer and Theodore notching up the tension. We are privy to what each knows. The final chapters were none stopped action as the tension increased.

Five Minutes Alone was an engaging thriller. A true cat and mouse game of wits and deception.

About Paul Cleave

Paul Cleave is an internationally bestselling author who is currently dividing his time between his home city of Christchurch, New Zealand, where all of his novels are set, and Europe, where none of his novels are set. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. He has won the Ngaio Marsh award for best crime novel in New Zealand, he won the Saint-Maur book festival’s crime novel of the year in France, has been shortlisted for the Edgar Award and the Barry Award in the US, and shortlisted for the Ned Kelly award in Australia. When he’s not writing, he spends his time swearing on a golf course, swearing on a tennis court, or trying to add to his list of 25 countries where he’s thrown his Frisbee.

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42 Responses to “Five Minutes Alone: A Thriller by Paul Cleave”

  1. Felicia The Geeky Blogger

    I forgot this came out today. Off to put it on my library list. I am excited about this one.

  2. Joy

    Whoa! This sounds amazing! I wouldn’t want to read this alone but yes, I want to read this. Getting the perspective of the killer is a great selling point, too.

  3. Katherine

    Great concept! The moral and ethical dilemmas with this one! There sounds like there’s a lot of backstory. Is this a series book or just great on it’s own?

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Standalone..perfect for fall Katherine. I love that it raises questions, such a good book for book club

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Agreed and the more you explore it, the more questions you ponder.

  4. Michelle

    This sounds pretty good! I’m with Sarah on this one, I’d probably take my time trying to find the killer. Two birds, one stone.

  5. Rita

    So good! I love these kinds of thrillers, so I’m sold! Now going to check out his other titles and what they’re about. Thanks for introducing me to a new for me author!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I had a feeling you might like this one Rita. I have several good ones coming up over the next month or so that should speak to you.

  6. Sarah

    I’m not gonna lie, I probably wouldn’t search to hard for a killer attacking convicted rapists… Does that make me bad person? Definitely sounds like a unique thriller.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      True..what if he did it, you knew he did it but he got away with it and was going to do it again? So many questions.

  7. Grace

    I’ve never heard of this book, and I like the idea of rape victims getting their revenge. If you say the plot is tight, I believe you. Plus, I love a good suspense thriller. Great review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Well thanks for your vote of confidence, I enjoyed this thriller.

  8. Lily

    Oh this one sounds beyond twisted but so so good! So the killer kills bad guys? Hmm this sounds pretty interesting and beyond creepy lol!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes Lily and it was quite suspenseful with plenty of twists and turns

  9. Nick

    That’s very interesting that the killer is helping rape victims get revenge against their rapists. It’s twisted, but I’m curious to see how this would work!
    Great review, Kim.

  10. kindlemom1

    Okay I am jealous of all these wonderful mysteries and thrillers you are reading lately Kim, so perfect for this time of year! I really need to sneak at least one more in before the month is over.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am enjoying them myself Ali. Course I read this back in September, but I have been on a kick ever since..weaving them in between romances.

  11. Mary

    While getting the POV of the killer/bad dude doesn’t always work for me, it sounds like it does nothing but good in this one, ratcheting up the tension. Nice!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love getting it, but this one was completely necessary. I cannot say any more *spoilers darling*