Title: The Singer’s Gun
Author: Emily St. John Mandel
Release Date: May 4, 2010
Publisher: Unbridled Books
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Anton Waker is a Harvard graduate, a straight-laced office drone at a Manhattan firm that consults about water systems, as far as anyone knows. However, when his company receives a high security contract, they conduct routine background checks on everyone at the firm and discover that Anton isn’t who he appears to be.
I very much enjoyed Emily St. John Mandel’s debut, Last Night in Montreal, so I was really looking forward to reading her second novel, The Singer’s Gun. I had high expectations for it, but what I didn’t foresee is that I wouldn’t be able to put it down. I read the entire novel in one sitting, unable to tear myself away from this electrifying story.
The Singer’s Gun is a taut, suspenseful novel that is disguised by the literary quality of Mandel’s prose. Every line she writes seems to bring up more questions. She’s a master at spinning an intricate web of lies and deception, and is very good at unraveling a story slowly. She strikes an optimal balance between frustrating the reader with too little information and ending the suspense too quickly.
Once again, Mandel’s prose is eloquent and beautiful. It has a fluid quality that surrounds the reader and immerses them in her book. Though this is only her second novel, she writes like an expert, with the certainty that she has finely honed her craft. I can’t praise her writing highly enough.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Singer’s Gun and highly recommend it for those interested in thrillers that have that literary touch to them. Mandel’s writing style is simply gorgeous, the story is gripping, and the reader will lose themselves in this well-written and engaging novel.