Today we have a review from team member Chris,
Chris chose to read and review The Girl In The Black Pajamas by Chris Birdy.
The Girl in Black Pajamas is part crime thriller, part mystery, and wholly full-on adventure. It is effectively comprised of two related stories that race along their meandering paths.
The main character, holding the various strands of the story together, is Bogie, a hacker. He flies to his ‘agency’s’ headquarters in Boston to help solve the mystery of why one of their employees was shot and his IT system breached. Joining forces with a convicted felon and his team, Bogie attempts to understand what his enemy has planned before he and his friends become the next targets. Throw in a missing laptop, some suspicious cops, a hacker nemesis and a number of back stories, and the action doesn’t let up.
Accompanying Bogie on his trip to Boston is his 4-year-old, genius daughter, Isabella. She aspires to learn the Five-Point-Palm-Exploding-Heart-Technique from Kill Bill 2, and keeps Bogie and his colleagues entertained with her witticisms and innocent view of the world. She inadvertently prevents the murder of her father on the flight, but will she be able to do it again?
Holding the fort at home in Florida is Bogie’s pregnant wife, Bailey, who is left to look after a troop of three: her and Bogie’s baby son, Bogie’s elder daughter, Amanda, and Bogie’s granddaughter. This is made harder by the fact that Amanda’s shopaholicism and inability to deal with her infant leads to her husband leaving her and her friends trying to entice her to make porn movies with them. But why is her husband being targeted by his ruthless police colleagues?
Overall, the book’s writing style took a while to get used to, with its frequent changes of point of view and quick jumps from one scene to the next. The action was constant and didn’t let up, jumping from fights between families to car chases to murder attempts between Boston and Florida.
I haven’t read The Girl in White Pajamas, and this may have hampered my ability to warm to the large cast and their complex back stories. But the characters, besides being plentiful, were certainly colourful and the one thing that this book could not be accused of being is boring.