Where Dead Men Meet

I am a sucker for a good suspense novel.  I love the feeling of being on the edge of my seat and speculating the direction the author is going to take me.  I have also been on a historical fiction kick this year so I was very excited when I picked up Where Dead Men Meet by Mark Mills.


Set in 1937, you see the framework for World War II being set in Europe and all the horrors that went along with that time period.  Luke Hamilton was an orphan who was taken care of for years by a kind-hearted nun before being adopted.  Years later, the nun is brutally murdered and Luke finds himself being in the assassins crosshairs.  With Luke's journey of dodging assassination attempts and traveling all over Europe trying to find the truth, you find yourself getting lost in the details, and never feeling like you can keep up.

This is the first book I've read by Mark Mills and I hate to say I was extremely disappointed.  It took me months to get through this book and I finally gave up.  The beginning grabbed my attention but as I read on the pace felt forced and the story line became muddled to me.  I finally gave up and put it down.  Sometimes you're just not in a right frame of mind to read a certain type of story.  

I didn't want to give up on Where Dead Men Meet since the synapsis was intriguing and I've heard good things about Mark Mills' work.  I picked the book back up a few weeks later and the same thing happened.  I struggled to get lost in the story.  I felt no connection to the characters whatsoever and even though I was curious to find out who it was that was hunting Luke and killed the nun, I couldn't finish it.  

I really wanted to love this book, but I really didn't.  It was chaotic, convoluted, and forced and this is the first fiction in a long time I couldn't finish.  

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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