Set free by Anthony Bidulka

Synopsis

The truth will set you free. Can lies do the same?
Within minutes of arriving in the exotic, enigmatic, sweltering city of Marrakech, renowned author Jaspar Wills is kidnapped, blindfolded, bound, and beaten. As Wills struggles to survive the ordeal, he recounts his rise to fame and the tragic events that led him to Morocco. With the kidnapper’s demands left unmet, Wills faces death with fear, grief…and guilt. Is what happened in the past tied to his abduction? Is someone he loves responsible? Or is this payback for his sins? Living with a loss far greater than his own death, Jaspar yearns to be set free. But do some kinds of freedom come at too high a cost?

Six months later, struggling reporter Katie Edwards travels to Morocco to stake her claim on the story with everything—international intrigue, mystery, celebrity, violence, sex, heartbreak, betrayal. Once there, she discovers a shocking truth. As the young journalist’s career soars, Jaspar Wills’ is destroyed…until an act of revenge leads to a stunning revelation that will change everything.

Product details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Bon Vivant Books; 1 edition (19 Aug. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 099522921X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0995229211

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Jaspar and Jenn Wills have their daughter kidnapped and as he is a known author it makes for a gripping news story, one that Jenn’s friend, Katie, takes control of in the media. As we can see from the synopsis, Jaspar ends up kidnapped. He is badly beaten and abused but finds comfort in a woman who comes to care for him. He eventually makes it home and has a book published about his ordeal. Katie, in the meantime, has traveled to Morocco to find information about what happened to Jaspar during his time there. What she finds out shocks her audience, after all she is a good journalist.

From here lest move along to my feelings on the book…

So… the reason this post is going up later than my Thursday posts usually do is because I have had to take my time over how I feel about this book. Yes, on my Amazon and Goodreads reviews I did write that the book is a page turner and I couldn’t put it down, which is true, I did also give it 4 stars. The 4 star rating is what I have been tormenting myself with, to be frankly honest. As I go over the story in my mind, I did have most of the story line predicted. It wasn’t exactly how I predicted it and that was pretty good, I don’t like the whole affair of knowing from the get go who did it…we don’t need another ‘Who shot J.R.?’ on our hands either, so from that side finding out that I wasn’t altogether correct was brilliant however it just didn’t do it for me. I found the ending very ‘blah’, I dislike that word – BLAH!! – but for me that is what the ending was. We are left in a state of unknowing, which leaves the possibility of a follow on to the story at some point in the future but I can’t imagine it is something I will read. I hate this part of reviewing books, even reading them, there is always the chance that a book won’t be what you expect and its enough to make you furious with the author but then again, maybe that’s the sign of a good book!! All of what I have stated has made me drop half a star, I had considered a full star and bringing it down to a 3* rating but as I type my thoughts I realise that is too harsh as it is a good read.

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I am not going to say don’t buy this, I really can’t, purely because it was a good read and very well written I must add. Pick it up, give it a gander and let me know what you think of it.

I would like to thank the author, Anthony Bidulka, for sending me a copy of this book. 

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