Book Review: Absolute Proof by Peter James

Published: 2018 by Macmillian

Genre: Thriller

Page Count: 559

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

Investigative reporter Ross Hunter nearly didn’t answer the phone call that would change his life – and possibly the world – for ever.

“I’d just like to assure you I’m not a nutcase, Mr Hunter. My name is Dr Harry F. Cook. I know this is going to sound strange, but I’ve recently been given absolute proof of God’s existence – and I’ve been advised there is a writer, a respected journalist called Ross Hunter, who could help me to get taken seriously.”

What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would be the consequences?

The false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life’s work of a famous atheist, and the credibility of each of the world’s major religions are all under threat. If Ross Hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence…

My Review:

I received a copy of this book from Pan Macmillian Australia in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

I was initially definitely impressed by this book, although the premise deals heavily with God and proving God’s ultimate existence is a topic I’m not exactly well versed in, I couldn’t help but admire Peter James’ deep and thought provoking writing! I feel like this is a topic I’ll think more about now that I’ve read this, and this story will definitely stick in my mind, along with its cast of curious characters, all of whom had an array of page time.

I mean, even the beginning of this book was memorable, meeting a magician who we are not exactly given a back story of until a pivotal point in the story, which totally threw me!

Peter James, you brilliant man.

No but in all earnest, what I loved most in this book was how all of these characters were weaved together, how Ross (our main character and who we predominantly see the story from), manages to weave himself out of these nearly deadly but super risky situations, all whilst having to deal with personal losses and fractured relationships, I mean there were times when I really felt for him. I found myself questioning a lot of other character’s motives, as he was, and thinking throughout about this whole second coming of Jesus, wondering if it was actually going to happen and would Ross find the answers he was seeking?

Yet, where this one fell flat for me, was some of the scenes that focused on the greedy Televangelist, I mean his back story was interesting enough, but I thought his whole reasoning for seeking out Ross didn’t make a lot of sense, aside from his own greed. That, and I felt like he wasn’t particularly likeable, wanting to profit off an audience of people that thought he was an almighty creation and could help and heal them.

All throughout the book, I felt like this was leading up to something huge, and there were definitely some twists and turns aplenty! I found myself to be in awe of about 3/4 of this book, but by the end I was getting a bit frustrated with how things were getting drawn out.

However, this book was definitely a thought provoking experience and I’ll definitely be looking to read more from this author! Whilst I didn’t think this book was wholly for me, I just can’t help but admire the detail he puts into his books!

Thank you again to Pan Macmillian Australia for providing me with a copy of this book to review.

Happy Reading,

Brooklyn. 📚

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