Thursday, 21 February 2013

Book Review - The Critical Path by D.J.Johnson

Title - The Critical Path

Author - D.J.Johnson

Publisher - D J Johnson

Pages - 270


Blurb from Amazon
A dark, disturbing story of a man's life torn apart, and what he must do to rebuild it.

Travelling home on the Underground, Matt, a twenty-nine-year-old Londoner, is subjected to a brutal assault. As he struggles to come to terms with his ordeal, he is forced to examine the changing relationships with his partner Laura, his friends, family and Oliver, the benevolent stranger who took him to hospital. 

Chased by nightmarish memories and beset by doubts regarding identity, masculinity and how to live when long-cherished planning has failed and certainty vanished, he withdraws into paranoia, deceit and the need to ensure he is never a victim again. He questions the beliefs and politics that shaped him, their origins and whether they are still valid. 

Increasingly distant from the people around him and the compassionate individual he was, Matt realises that if he is to retain his humanity, he must forge a fresh outlook and a new way of living.


I found this book very moving. It's content was extremely thought provoking. The seriousness of the assault was well written and heartbreaking. The subject was very sensitively handled, with some obviously good research and I found it to be a very powerful story line.

Matt's character was very well written. The way the relationships between Matt & Laura, and Matt and Oliver (the good samaritan) were portrayed, only enhanced the story and made the book a thoroughly good read. This book was un-put-downable and I read it in one sitting. It is on offer at Amazon at a great price for e-books, so I recommend you grab a copy!

I would love to read more books by this author and look forward to the next book he has to offer. 

This is a story line that will stay with me for a long time.