Sunday, September 30, 2012

Kill Switch by Chris Lynch


All Daniel wants to do is spend one last summer with his grandfather before he moves away for college and his grandfather’s dementia pulls them apart. But when his dear old Da starts to let things slip about the job he used to hold—people he’s killed, countries he’s overthrown—old work “friends” show up to make sure he stays quiet. Was his grandfather really involved in a world of assassinations and coups, or are the stories just delusions of a crumbling mind? On the run from the police (and possibly something worse) before he has time to find out, Daniel may have to sacrifice everything to protect his grandfather from those who would do him harm.

My Thoughts:

I was so excited by the premise of this book. I love spy stories and thought a teenager trying to protect his Jason-Bourne-gets-Alzheimer's grandfather could be a great read. However... 

This was the most disturbing book, filled with some of the most unlikeable characters, doing the most icky things that I have ever finished. I finished it mostly because it was pretty short, and I was almost all the way through it before I realized it wasn't going to suddenly improve. The ending seemed as though the author realized he was hating it as much as I did and gave himself a page to wrap things up. I'm sure there are people who might enjoy this book. However, I was definitely not one of them.

1/5 stars

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