Ordinary Thunderstorms: A Novel by William Boyd

by Gwen

“Let us start with the river- all things begin with the river and we shall probably end there, no doubt- but let’s wait and see how we go. Soon, in a minute or two, a young man will come and stand by the river’s edge, here at Chelsea Bridge, in London.”
Ordinary Thunderstorms: A Novel
An intriguing start to what turned out to be a rolling suspense novel like no other I have read in quite a while. Adam Kindred is a hunted man. Hunted by the police for a murder that he didn’t commit, hunted by the guy with the cleft chin that Adam thinks is responsible, he has to learn how not to be Adam Kindred. He has to hide in plain sight and make a life for himself.
While Adam is hiding, he picks up a few identities, makes a few friends, avenges a few people, losses a friend and all the while a pharmaceutical company called Calenture-Duetz is claiming that they have found a drug that cures Asthma. Is this drug related to the murder that Adam is accused of? Can he unravel the secret?
The plot is well developed and multi-layered which kept me turning the pages and staying up late to finish. The other aspect of the novel that hit me was that with all of the technology we have now a days, it is very hard to hide, even harder in London with CCTV on 24/7. It had me thinking….if I was being hunted, what would I do? Would I make the same choices Adam Kindred did?
Ordinary Thunderstorms: A Novel by William Boyd
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Harper (January 26, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061876747
ISBN-13: 978-0061876745
William Boyd is the author of ten novels, including A Good Man in Africa, winner of the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Award; An Ice-Cream War, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; Any Human Heart, winner of the Prix Jean Monnet; and Restless, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year.

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