Saturday, 31 August 2013
The Fear Index by Robert Harris
Meet Alex Hoffmann: among the secretive inner circle of the ultra-rich, he is something of a legend.
Based in Geneva, he has developed a revolutionary system that has the power to manipulate financial markets. Generating billions of dollars, it is a system that thrives on panic - and feeds on fear.
And then, in the early hours of one morning, while he lies asleep, a sinister intruder breaches the elaborate security of his lakeside home.
So begins a waking nightmare of paranoia and violence as Hoffmann attempts - with increasing desperation - to discover who is trying to destroy him - before it's too late ..
I do like a good thriller but sadly this was rather a forgettable one. It's the first book I've read by this Author and was our September read for my local Library Reading Group.
I didn't really sympathise with any of the characters at all. It's only a few days since I finished the book and I'm thinking about it as I write this review. I can't really remember the main characters names but I do remember that the two main males were partners in a Business and the nerdy computer one was married and had recently moved into a new multi million pound property in Switzerland. The married male had previously had a nervous breakdown and as you read the story you wonder if he's suffering another. So I can remember some of it but ask me in a couple of weeks and I'll have forgotten.
I do know that you have to suspend your belief in reality for some of the book but I won't go into detail as it's one of the main threads of the story.
I gave this a 4/10.