Title: Buying Time
Author: Pamela Samuels Young
Author: Pamela Samuels Young
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Publisher: Goldman House
Release Date: 2009, November 1
Format: Paperback, 370 pages
Source: Received for the blog tour
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Waverly Shaw is a down-on-his-luck lawyer who stumbles upon a potentially lucrative business just when he's about to hit rock bottom. In his new line of work as a viatical broker, Waverly comes to the rescue of people in desperate need of cash. There's a catch, however, his clients must be terminally ill and willing to sign over rights to their life insurance policies before they receive a dime. Waverly then finds investors to advance them thousands of dollars—including a hefty broker's fee for himself—in exchange for a significant return on their investment once the clients take their last breath. The stakes get higher when Lawrence Erickson, who's bucking to become the next U.S. Attorney General, hires Waverly to broker the insurance policy of his cancer-stricken wife. But Waverly's clients start dying sooner than they should, and Erickson—who has some skeletons of his own to hide—is unwittingly drawn into a perilous web of greed, blackmail, and murder. With two determined federal prosecutors hot on his trail, Waverly is on the run, and this time he might need some life insurance.
I was asked if I would be interested in reading this book as part of a blog tour and I happily agreed. This is the first thriller that I've read that has been written by a woman also. I'm so very glad that I was asked if I wanted to participate because I thought that this book was AWESOME SAUCE!
Buying Time is an extremely fast paced read as well as being a page turner. Once I started reading this work of art I was fully sucked into the story. I did think that as the book was progressing there were a lot of "cliff hangers" throughout but the farther I got into the book everything fell into place and I was plesantly surprised.
The way the book was written I thought was pretty unique. There are two side stories in Buying Time an I found that with the I was constantly trying to figure out what the link was. I thought that all of the characters were pretty interesting as well....They all have there own conflicts and issues going on and I thought it was great how all those conflicts and issues help to form the story.
Another big plus (at least in my opinion) is that by the end there is no clearly defined hero. I think that's a first for me also. Almost all of the books I've read there is a hero. So for the author to have no hero got her a lot of bonus points with me...keeping things interesting is AWESOME SAUCE.
Overall, I thought that this was a exceptionally well written thriller that has a VERY strong plot and VERY strong solidly written characters. I'm also very impressed by how well researched the book was. Pretty much what I'm telling you is to add Buying Time to your TBR pile! Do it...you won't be sorry.