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I received an advanced e-copy of Darren Sugrue's fictional novel "The Prediction" compliments of Library Thing and appreciated the opportunity. Alert- may contain spoilers.
I will begin by stating that for a first-time novelist, Sugrue writes like a best-seller! This book captures the reader's attention from the moment they pick it up, and the suspense sails straight through to the end. This book demands to be read from front to cover in one sitting!
We are introduced to Daniel Geller, an Irish crane-operator, who is trying to make an honest living for his wife Zoe and son Sean. In his younger years, Geller held a different life, working on a mathematical thesis that was set to change the world. Having developed a mathematical formula that could predict a person's date of death, Geller was prepped to win international recognition and reward for his unconventional work. Rejected by the University department heads, Geller fled, leaving his thesis and loving girlfriend, Grace, abandoned.
Fast-forward many years, an unexpected visit from his former thesis advisor, John Redmond, with a chilling proposition. Redmond informed Geller that one of his predictions had already come true and wants him to continue with his mathematical formulation to predict his wife Claire's death. Having recently endured unfathomable grief with the sudden loss of their 10 year old son, Max, Redmond has been watching his wife deteriorate before his eyes. He is desperate to put an end to her suffering and believes that Geller's prediction could provide support to his own pain and confusion.
Geller is reluctant to become involved, wanting to leave his past where he had left it. He comes to realize that his predictions may have a startling impact on his former lover Claire, who's date of death is just around the corner.
The story follows Geller's attempts to regain his courage, self-confidence and life goals, taking the ultimate risk of being wrong and facing averse consequence.
There are many startling twists throughout the novel and it all wraps up in a satisfying and "unpredictable" ending! I highly recommend to any reader who enjoys mystery, suspense, romance and the complexities of human relationships. I will be awaiting for future writing from Sugrue! 5 stars for me!
I received this review copy from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. Firstly, the novel deals with issues such as the loss of a child and domestic abuse so be aware. I was absolutely blown away with this book from the beginning to finish. The author did an incredible job of making it a fast paced novel that draws you in but also takes the time to develop the main characters. I had great difficulty putting it down. It is based on a mathematical genius who has developed a formula that can predict the date of a person's death. Things don't go as planned and he is drawn away from his life as a crane operator back to the mathematical world of probability. I can honestly say that this is one of the BEST books I have read so far this year. It was a fantastic, enjoyable, and yes emotional read. I was in tears at the end. Prediction is well written, fast paced and very suspenseful. I would definitely recommend it. I am looking forward to reading more by this author.
I received a review copy of this book from the author When Mathematician Daniel Geller developed a formula that could predict the date of a person’s death, only to have his thesis rejected by the faculty at Trinity College, he walks away from collage and mathematics. Twelve years later John Redmond (Daniels old professor at Trinity) seek out Daniel to tell him that one of his predictions has proved correct, his subject died four years ago on the day it was predicted, and another subject Grace Daniels, his old girlfriend is predicted to die in a few days. John wants Daniel to return to the world of mathematics, Daniel doesn’t want someone he once loved to die to prove his thesis. John Redmond and his wife Clare have lost their ten year old son, and are grieving for him, each in their own way. Grace Daniels, Daniel’s old girlfriend, lost her unborn twins to domestic abuse, has decided to leaves her husband. As Daniel moves through their lives the story touches on rejection, loss, grief, redemption and a second chance. The story is well written, moves at a good pace, with well-developed characters and a twist I really didn’t see coming. I enjoyed this book immensely and Darren Sugrue is an author worth following.
If this book via kindle unlimited and did not expect to enjoy it so much. The characters are rich and full of life and the thesis postulation of the main character to be amazing and brilliant. Although I didn't pay for this book, In hind sight, I would have gladly. $12.95 out of $15.00
I loved this book! The story flowed and kept me wanting more. Being able to predict a date of death... more than your typical thriller novel that's for sure. I think no matter your favorite genre this is a book that will pull in any reader.
I really enjoyed reading this book . Loved the storyline and I thought it was really interesting . Well developed characters and a twist to the ending. I will definitely look for more of this author's books.