Book Review: The Singer’s Gun – Emily St. John Mandel

Title: The Singer’s Gun
Author: Emily St. John Mandel
ISBN: 9781936071647
Pages: 304
Release Date: May 4, 2010
Publisher: Unbridled Books
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

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. 

Review:

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. 

Comments

  1. This novel sounds fantastic. I recently finished The Help, and I also wasn’t able to put it down. The Help was mesmerizing because of the characters, but this novel sounds engaging because of the plot. I have not heard of this author before, but I def. be picking this book up.
    Thanks for adding to my TBR pile AGAIN 🙂

  2. This novel sounds fantastic. I recently finished The Help, and I also wasn’t able to put it down. The Help was mesmerizing because of the characters, but this novel sounds engaging because of the plot. I have not heard of this author before, but I def. be picking this book up.
    Thanks for adding to my TBR pile AGAIN 🙂

  3. I loved Last Night in Montreal too. Emily’s writing is very captivating, and I’m glad that Singer’s Gun is no exception!

  4. I loved Last Night in Montreal too. Emily’s writing is very captivating, and I’m glad that Singer’s Gun is no exception!

  5. So glad to see you also enjoyed this novel, as I did! I love Mandel’s writing…and the combination of mystery and literary was great.

  6. So glad to see you also enjoyed this novel, as I did! I love Mandel’s writing…and the combination of mystery and literary was great.

  7. Wow! This is the first review that makes me want to add it to my Must Read list. Well done 🙂

  8. Wow! This is the first review that makes me want to add it to my Must Read list. Well done 🙂

  9. Love the literary thrillers!! I have heard such good things about this book, and loved her first, so this review really made me want to try this one. So glad that it was engrossing for you and that you couldn’t put it down. It’s good to see that St. John Mandel is still going strong!!

  10. Love the literary thrillers!! I have heard such good things about this book, and loved her first, so this review really made me want to try this one. So glad that it was engrossing for you and that you couldn’t put it down. It’s good to see that St. John Mandel is still going strong!!

  11. I enjoy literary thrillers. I’ll have to keep my eye out for this one. I haven’t read Last Night yet, but it’s been on my wish list.

  12. I enjoy literary thrillers. I’ll have to keep my eye out for this one. I haven’t read Last Night yet, but it’s been on my wish list.

  13. Wow! St. Mandel is obviously an author I need to try!

  14. Wow! St. Mandel is obviously an author I need to try!

  15. I felt exactly the same way about this one. Mandel definitely lived up to the promise she showed in “Last Night!”

  16. I felt exactly the same way about this one. Mandel definitely lived up to the promise she showed in “Last Night!”

  17. Oh yes, I distinctly remember when her first book was making its rounds, and she did a few wonderful guest posts. And you make this second one so hard to resist! Literary thriller? And I wonder why my stack of books is something that will never be under any semblance of control…

    Seriously, great review. My heart is hurting from just thinking about how badly I want to read it.

  18. Oh yes, I distinctly remember when her first book was making its rounds, and she did a few wonderful guest posts. And you make this second one so hard to resist! Literary thriller? And I wonder why my stack of books is something that will never be under any semblance of control…

    Seriously, great review. My heart is hurting from just thinking about how badly I want to read it.

  19. Seriously, you have to have mercy on me – I don’t read as fast as you, and for the past few weeks, I’ve added at least one book you’ve reviewed to my to-read list! LOL Great review. Another one for the ever-expanding list. 🙂

  20. Seriously, you have to have mercy on me – I don’t read as fast as you, and for the past few weeks, I’ve added at least one book you’ve reviewed to my to-read list! LOL Great review. Another one for the ever-expanding list. 🙂

  21. I haven’t read any of Ms. Mandel’s work but this title’s plot is interesting. I imagine the thrill of discovering that the person who you’ve been working with is not the real person he is claiming to be.

  22. I haven’t read any of Ms. Mandel’s work but this title’s plot is interesting. I imagine the thrill of discovering that the person who you’ve been working with is not the real person he is claiming to be.

  23. I bought this because of Rebecca’s ravings, glad to know it was money well spent. Now to find time to read it…

  24. I bought this because of Rebecca’s ravings, glad to know it was money well spent. Now to find time to read it…

  25. Oh this sounds so good !! Not only am I adding it to my TBR list, but I also checked your review of Last Night in Montreal and am adding that one too. You’ve scored a rare twofer!!

  26. Oh this sounds so good !! Not only am I adding it to my TBR list, but I also checked your review of Last Night in Montreal and am adding that one too. You’ve scored a rare twofer!!

  27. Uh oh! I’d better get reading the first one. I have them both.

  28. Uh oh! I’d better get reading the first one. I have them both.

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