Review by Sandra Ruttan
There are books that have intricate plots. There are stories intended to be profound, with nuggets of truth the reader can take away and apply to their own life. And there are narratives with memorable characters that you genuinely care about and want to see succeed.
Occasionally, all of these components combine, as they do in To Die in Vienna. This could be called a spy thriller but it’s really the story of Freddie Makin. Freddie has been putting in time, punching a clock and living like a ghost, haunted by memories of mistakes from his past. That all changes when his surveillance operation goes south and Freddie finds himself running for his life without any idea why anyone would want him dead.
Being threatened with death may ultimately be what forces. Freddie to face his past and embrace life… or he may end up paying the ultimate price by repeating the same mistakes that cost him so dearly before.
I’ve never read a book by Kevin Wignall that I haven’t enjoyed, and To Die in Vienna is no exception. I was really caught up in Freddie’s story and what was going to happen to him. It builds expertly to an intense ending that is fitting for the character and the story. Wignall is a master storyteller and he breathes life into his protagonist in a way that makes Makin one of the most memorable characters I’ve read about in a long time.
Check out our interview with Kevin Wignall here.