Review of Reviver

About the Book:

Title: Reviver
Author: Seth Patrick
ISBN: 9781250021700
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Language: English
No. of pages: 409
Year of Publication: 2013
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Able to wake the recently dead, and let them bear witness to their own demise. Twelve years after the first reviver came to light, they have become accepted by an uneasy public. The testimony of the dead is permitted in courtrooms across the world. Forensic revival is a routine part of police investigation.
In the United States, that responsibility falls to the Forensic Revival Service. Despite his troubled past, Jonah Miller is one of their best. But while reviving the victim of a brutal murder, he encounters a terrifying presence. Something is watching. Waiting. His superiors tell him it was only in his mind, a product of stress. Jonah is not so certain.
Then Daniel Harker, the first journalist to bring revival to public attention, is murdered, and Jonah finds himself getting dragged into the hunt for answers. Working with Harker's daughter Annabel, he becomes determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice. Soon they uncover long-hidden truths that call into doubt everything Jonah stands for, and reveal a threat that if not stopped in time, will put all of humanity in danger ...

About the Author:
Author of the Reviver trilogy, the first of which was published June 2013 by Pan Macmillan in the UK and Thomas Dunne Books in the US. Movie rights have been optioned by Legendary Entertainment, producers of Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel.
Seth Patrick was born in Northern Ireland. An Oxford mathematics graduate, he spent thirteen years working as a games programmer on the award-winning Total War series before becoming a full-time author. He lives in England with his wife and two young children. Reviver is his first novel.



My views:

I came across this book when I was actually looking for some other product with keyword "reviver" in it. The book cover stood out in the list and I could not stop myself from checking out the book page. Next came the tagline: Death Won't Silence Them. That was scary and very intriguing. I checked out the blurb and ended up ordering the book and I do not regret it at all.
A feature of the cover makes it all the more interesting! You need to download blippar app for your android phone, open it and fill the screen with the cover and see the fun!

This is one book I have been able to read faster than the other books I have read recently. I usually read at night.
My Goodreads progress update of this book:
05/07                marked as: to-read
05/19                marked as: currently-reading
05/19                page 14 3.0%
05/25               page 50 12.0% "picked up the book again today, after finishing the short story "Where there is smoke" by Jodi Picoult"
05/27              page 110 26.0% "Interesting read, don't feel like keeping the book down whenever I pick it up to read. Picked up today after the last status update n read arnd 60 pages.."
05/28               page 240 57.0%
05/29               page 329 79.0%
05/30               marked as: read

The story-line is interesting and is very well-written. The protagonist Jonah who is a reviver (the one who wakes the dead) is perfectly sketched and so are the other characters. The story flow is too good, does not drag at any point and succeeds in keeping the reader interested. A couple of scenes described in the book did make me look around myself in the middle of the night and finally close the book and sleep and then I had dreams of the reviver. It is a kind of book that stays with you, you like it or not.
The end, at least for me, was kind of expected - especially if you are going to write a part two of the book!
I have read that the book is first of the Reviver Trilogy ..
I just hope that the author is able to do justice to the remaining two books as he has done to this one.
I just have to wait till 17th January 2015 to read Acolyte, the next in the series. (Or may be more, depending on when it would be available in India). I have also read on Author's Blog (also posted here under About Author) that the movie rights for this book have been optioned by Legendary Entertainment. Would love to see if they are able to do justice to the story.

Overall, if you are not a one-genre person and would like to try something new, you must grab this book. If you are a reader of this genre and have read the likes of Stephen King, you might not like it so much but considering that Reviver is the debut novel of the Author, he does deserve some credit for writing 409 pages of the book that you cannot put down easily.
Also, I do not really think this book can be categorised into horror genre, Thriller, may be yes.