Pendulum is one of those tricky novels that is difficult to review, or even to write a synopsis for. I’ve been deliberately vague, as I think that this is a novel best approached with as little prior knowledge as possible.
John Wallace wakes up confused and disoriented. He’s been stripped down to his underwear, and his hands and feet are bound. His attacker – dressed in protective combat gear that covers every inch of him – is, as far as John can tell, unknown to him. And then the perpetrator ties a noose around his neck, and suspends him from a wooden beam in his flat.
By chance, John manages to escape, but now he’s on the run with a seemingly unstoppable killer on his tracks. Can he find out why he’s been targeted and who the killer is before it’s too late?
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading Pendulum – the synopsis doesn’t give much away, and the reviews that I’d seen were (thankfully) also relatively light on detail. I think that this is a good thing – it meant that I went into the novel without any expectations, and from the first chapter I absolutely loved it.
Hamdy throws the reader into the action from the very first page, and the pace doesn’t let up from thereon in. I thought that the plot was brilliant throughout the novel, and the reader is placed in John’s shoes with no idea as to who is trying to kill him or why he is a target. Amidst all the action, the killer’s motive is slowly revealed as John starts to piece things together, and it leads to an extremely satisfying conclusion.
I found Pendulum to be well-written and filled with fascinating and flawed characters, all of whom are fully fleshed out with interesting back-stories. A high-octane, fast-paced thriller that doesn’t let up for a moment, I absolutely loved it, and I can’t wait for the next instalment in this series, Freefall, which is due to be published in November 2017. Highly recommended.