Book Review // The Swimmer by Joakim Zander

Note – I received a copy of the book from the publisher as part of  TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. No affiliate links were used in this post.

I thought the summary on Goodreads was perfect, so go check it out.

Look at that cover! You know what they say, don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but I’m always drawn to them and I really like this one. It grabs the attention with the red and I like the guy swimming near the top. He’s raised a bit on the physical copy of the book. I love that the water theme continued to the author’s name.

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a thriller like this, although I used to read them regularly when I was younger. It wasn’t what I expected it to be and I liked it more than I thought I would. This book drew me in during the first chapter. I sat down to read “just one chapter.” Famous last words, I know, but I usually find beginnings to be a bit slow. Not in this case!

I liked the writing style; it was simple and straight forward, and yet throughout the novel I found descriptions that I wanted to underline and return to later. The chapters are short and are clearly labeled with the location and date, which I thought was really helpful, especially at the beginning as I tried to acquaint myself with the different characters and places in the novel.

This novel has a large cast of characters, and I found this to be a bit confusing at times. It’s not a book to read when you’re tired or distracted. I had a hard time following if I wasn’t able to dedicate all of my attention to the novel and had to spend a couple of minutes the next time I picked the book up going through what happened.

I really enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good thriller that jumps around the globe. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for more of his novels in the future!

Have you read this novel? What were your thoughts?

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    Loyal RUN
    February 13, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Sounded like a book I would like to read, until you said that I shouldn't if I'm distracted. I am always distracted haha

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