Author: Kendall Talbot
Double Take is the first foray into crime fiction for Australian author Kendall Talbot. I didn’t do much reading up about the book before I started so though I knew it was about a bank heist I was unaware that it was inspired by an actual robbery in that same branch, the branch a young Kendall Talbot once worked in.
The robbery that actually went down was intricately planned, as was the one in Double Take, but that and the branch are the only real similarities.
Talbot asks the age old questions of whether crime really does pay and how far would you go for the one you love. Would you commit a felony for the one you love? But the big question that stuck in my mind was just how far would you go to make good on a promise you made as a thankful teenager.
Double Take is as entertaining as it is intriguing and once I picked it up I had trouble having to put it down.
Jackson Rich has his own business supplying businesses with potted plants for their workplaces. It’s not a lot but it’s all he’s got, he lost his previous job, sold the house and the cars and now he may be just lose his wife as well.
If you find the love of your life and there is a chance you can buy her a reprieve from her terminal illness would you stop at nothing to get the cash for the life saving operation? Jackson Rich is willing to risk it all to save the life of his love but he has it perfectly planned.
Talbot has created characters with depth, characters that make you feel for them and then there are characters that just rubbed me wrong from their very first appearance.
The motivations took a bit to get my head around. I can understand Jacksons motives, he was getting desperate and out of options. The old gang all have a promise to keep, but that promise was made as teenagers and now they are well past that and have moved on from their teenaged mistakes; they have built lives for themselves that will be jeopardised if anything goes wrong. I could understand it a little more if the gang had stayed together through the years, or at least stayed in touch, but it seems that apart from Jackson’s brother they haven’t seen each other since the promise was made.
Double Take isn’t all tension and suspense, there are some laugh out loud moments and some characters that I just wanted to slap.
There are multiple simultaneous storylines so there has to be multiple view points though none of them are in the first person. We follow Jackson as he brings the gang together and lays his plans out for them; we follow the two boys in the wrong place at the right time and we follow the bored gold digger trying to find herself some security and then later on we also keep up with police officer Montgomery Steel.
Double Take spans more than a decade to ensure we follow the story from start to finish and it was certainly pitted with twists I hadn’t seen coming.
This book is a must read for lovers of Australian fiction, it has an undeniable Aussie feel to it that I can’t really explain.
The pacing was good with action right the way through, leaving you always wondering and for every questions answered another arose.
The gang Jackson brought together was his brother Jimmy, Rachel, Donny, Stubbs and Pete. We learn a bit about Jimmy and Rachel, gaining an understanding of why they got involved and also of their personalities. That wasn’t the case with the others. Donny and Stubbs were part of the old gang from high school and they made a promise but we don’t really learn much more than that. Pete is even more enigmatic. They are only secondary characters and not knowing them doesn’t affect the enjoyment of the story but for my own satisfaction I would have liked to know them better.
Double Take is a gripping read that will satisfy readers of many genres, this is definitely a crime novel and it is a well written crime novel but it is also about the people and the relationships outside of that.
I loved Double Take and I hope that you will too.
Double Take is book #48 for the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2015.
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