This year I made a deal with myself. That deal was to read more fiction and as a fan of Sherlock Holmes, when I got the chance to review Driven, a newly released detective novel written by Dane Cobain I absolutely jumped at the chance.
Driven (Leipfold Book #1) is centred around three main characters, James Leipfold – a private detective, his computer whizz-kid assistant Maile O’Hara and detective inspector Jack Cholmondeley as they work together to solve the mysterious death of a local actress Donna Thompson.
Meet Private Detective James Leipfold, computer whizz-kidd Maile O’Hara and good-natured cop Jack Cholmondeley in the first book of the Leipfold series.
A car strikes in the middle of the night and a young actress lies dead in the road. The police force thinks it’s an accident, but Maile and Leipfold aren’t so sure.
Putting their differences aside, and brought together by their shared love of crosswords and busting bad guys, Maile and Leipfold investigate. But not all is as it seems, as they soon find out to their peril…
When the book arrived I was impressed with the overall quality of it because the cover is well designed, finished with a matte, almost wax-like texture and the pages are printed on a fairly heavy paper making it very comfortable in the hand and easy to read. Sorry but I am a sucker for a nicely put together book and for me this excited me before I even opened the book.
Once you start reading, that’s when the fun begins. The first chapter pulls you straight in with the death of Donna Thompson and from there you get introduced, one by one, to the three main characters. Driven is very well written and in a way you are following a few different story lines which all happen to interlink at times so you are encouraged to keep reading and if you are anything like me you will be desperate to find out what happens next in the crazy world of Driven.
The author keeps you guessing with regards to the number of suspects but a very slight little niggle would be that when the truth was revealed in the final few chapters I could not help but be slightly disappointed with how obvious the conclusion was, I had figured out the ending before it came and I guess I was hoping I would be wrong. That said, it is still a great read and my premature prediction of how the book would end really didn’t take anything away from the reader experience on the whole.
If you are a fan of detective novels, then this is a must read. From the minute I picked up the book to start reading it I was hooked. Not only is it incredibly well written, the characters are extremely likeable and easy to identify with every page leaving you wanting more, making it impossible to put down. The only thing that I didn’t like about this book was that when I did put it down I would walk back in the room to find my husband reading it too so I would then have to wait until he had finished before I could read more.
It is extremely obviously that the author takes inspiration from the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie so if you enjoy those authors then I would highly recommend giving Driven a try. So far, it has to be one of my favourites of 2018 and I will be eagerly awaiting the release of Book #2 and I strongly believe that in a couple of years time we will see this series being transformed into a screen adaptation which I would definitely watch.
Personally, although this may sound weird, I love that new book smell and find it much easier to read something physical so would recommend purchasing a paperback copy, however for those who lack storage space or prefer to read using an electronic device, a kindle edition is also available.
Therefore considering the price, I think this is a great buy.
What’s your favourite book so far this year?
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