Having read all of the awesomely named Kevin Wignall‘s books, when given the opportunity to grab Those Who Disappeared on NetGalley I jumped at the chance. And like most Wignall books, I can say that I enjoyed this one and read it pretty quickly. It was a thought provoking and engaging read. Wignall’s characters are […]
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An enjoyable and quick read but definitely not something I would have picked up or read if not for it being written by Kevin. It’s basically an exploration of teenage relationships set against the backdrop of a ghost story in an abandoned school (jock. popular kid, underachiever, girls, etc.).
The question that lingers, and one that is very relevant for today, is whether people trained to excel in war and counter-terrorism are “monsters” or just have the necessary detachment and compartmentalization. But also rolled up in that are questions about relationships, family, motherhood, faith, friendship, etc. If you enjoy your thriller with a literary sensibility, Wignall is a great choice and The Names of the Dead is classic Wignall.
All in all, it was an enjoyable read. Adventure, mystery, danger, and teenage angst and personalities all play a role. Wignall’s butterfly effect intro and outro even give it a philosophical spin.
Instead of an amoral or detached/closed off serial killer/spy we have a central character who is painfully aware of his own weakness and need for connection. An entertaining and enjoyable read from a favorite author. Great for beach or vacation reading.