When I cracked this book open (figuratively--think Kindle) I knew nothing about British motor racing or racing in general. I didn't know anything about engines or pit crews. But I know a good book when I read one, and a good writer can interest me in almost any subject. This book is a terrific thriller, well written, fast paced, and incredibly descriptive without being bogged down in technical detail. Aidy is a grand lead character and the kind of guy you wish you could meet in person and share a coffee. His background story, key to who he is, makes him even more interesting and engaging. And I love his sidekicks, who are such an important part of Aidy's life and the tale itself.
In addition to all the adventurous plot twists in Did Not Finish, and there are many, I'd have to say the suspense scene three-quarters into the story is one of the most breathtaking I've ever come across. To say more would be a spoiler. But wow!
It's my understanding the author is a former race car driver himself, and I can see how that experiences enhances the storytelling. I wish I had better words to say what I mean here as I've never thought to say this about an author before, but Simon Woods's writing is extremely complete; he can describe scenes or characters well and thoroughly, using a lot of words without there being too many. I have the sense that when he writes all the words come out in the right order, and I'm not left wanting anything except another story. So I bought Hot Seat, the sequel, right after I finished. Hoping for more Aidy, and soon.
Finally, I have read that Kirkus Reviews compared this book to British thriller author Dick Francis's book, Nerve. If you like Dick Francis--and he's one of my favorites--I submit that you'll like Simon Wood. (And if you have never heard of Dick Francis, I think you'll still like Simon Wood.) Enjoy!