SECOND OPINION: The Freedom Broker by K.J. Howe

Review published on August 12, 2017.

The Freedom Broker by K. J. Howe is a well written and thought out book. The story revolves around the Parris family – Thea, her father Christos and her brother Nikos – and their family connections and interactions, for better or worse.

Thea is a kidnap negotiator and, with a team she has built up around her, she works to free hostages all over the world. We are pulled into the world of hostage negotiation following the kidnapping of Christos on his sixtieth birthday, almost right in front of Thea herself.

We are given a brief background into the Parris family story from the start and we are told that Nikos was kidnapped in front of Thea when she was only a child. This event, and the ramifications of it, then run throughout the book and we get to understand how Thea and Nikos have been forever changed by this event.

It is a fast-paced book with a lot of action and thrills along the way that bring you, as the reader, to the end of the story almost as out of breath as the main characters.

Hostage negotiation is only something we usually see on the news and only hear the main points in their bulletins. The author brought it all to life and gave as much information as you needed as a reader to keep up with the characters but not too much to overload you with names, places and events.

I enjoyed reading this story and the author was very good at describing the emotions of the characters and brilliantly brought the story full circle at the end. I would recommend this book if you want to escape for a few hours as well as have something to think about.

Victoria Furlong 4/4

The Freedom Broker by K.J. Howe
Headline 9781472240323 pbk Jul 2017

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