I'm a big fan of Science Fiction writer Peter F. Hamilton, so I was excited to see a new book out by him. This is the first stand-alone novel from him in quite some time, he usually publishes books as part of a series. Great North Road was an incredibly fast read, despite its length at over 1000 pages. I read it in a few days, but it’s one of those books I wish I had read a little slower, so the joy of reading it lasted longer.
It starts off with the unusual murder of an unidentified North clone (the Norths are a family of clones who are extremely rich and powerful) in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2142. But none of the clones have been reported missing. The search for the murderer takes the action to the planet of St Libra. Twenty years ago, a wealthy North clone and his entire household were murdered in exactly the same specific way on St Libra and Angela Tramelo, the only survivor, was convicted. All this time she has protested her innocence, claiming that the real murderer was an alien. She never waivered from this story, even under extreme interrogation - but St Libra has no animal life, certainly nothing that could have caused the injuries that were seen.
I enjoyed this book so much because of the character of Angela Tramelo, she was intelligent, practical and at times ruthless when she had to be. Unravelling the mystery of her past and why she was there on St Libra all those years ago, was just as enjoyable as finding out who or what was actually killing everyone. This was an incredibly satisfying book, which I recommend to any science fiction fan as well as anyone who likes thrillers or murder mysteries and wants something a little different.
Title: Great North Road
Author: Peter F. Hamilton
- Angela, Central City Library