The Laughterhouse by Paul Cleave, a review

This is by far one of the most exciting books I’ve read this year. The story ist old from the point-of-view of a killer who has determined to revenge the death of his wife and daughter and the police detective who has the biggest reasons to catch him. Though the story is set in Christchurch, New Zealand, it could be anywhere—except for the weather being upside down compared to the U.S.

Told with such intensity and gripping action that never lets up, this is a true page-turner. What is so compelling is how much the killer and detective have in common when it comes to great loss and emotional trauma. 

The detective, Tate, is on a dangerous mission as he begins to piece together the identity of the killer and the reason for the killings. About half-way through the book everything begins to fall into place and it looks the police will soon have the case solved and the murderer in custody, but that’s not what happens.

With the most surprising developments, all Tate’s and the other police plans fall apart, nothing works as it should, and the stakes are even higher than before. The lives of a father and his three little girls are in extreme jeopardy and time is running out. 

Once I started reading I was compelled to continue on—never once knowing what was going to  happen next. Wow! Highly recommended to anyone who loves an unusual story with plenty of action and characters you’ve never met the likes of before.


Simon and Schuster sent me a copy of this book with no expectations or strings attached.


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