As my start and finish dates might suggest, I just couldn’t put this book down! I was gifted this crime thriller novel by my partner, who works as an Australian paramedic so the roles held by the characters, as well as several of the places mentioned, were mostly already familiar to me. That said, the author’s excellent descriptive prose and his fantastic use of Australian metaphors makes it easy for any reader to enter the fictitious yet very believable world of ‘Jono’ and his professional life working for the Brisbane City Ambulance Service. Full of unexpected twists that kept me guessing right to the very end, this story made me laugh throughout and even cry on a couple of occasions – a rare feat indeed!
If you enjoy crime thrillers and you’re not averse to dark humour and medical descriptions, then you simply must put this on your reading list for 2021.
I would also strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain a better insight into what it is really like to work as a paramedic – this book is a far cry from the TV (so called) reality shows. Now, through my new appreciation of this role, I feel that I will be less critical of my partner when he next tells me he’s too tired to go out or mow the lawn, and more understanding when he needs his ‘cave’ time.
Harry Colfer is definitely a new author worth following. Since finishing ‘Dead Regular’, I have already downloaded from his website all of his short stories (based on the same characters), which I’m now working my way through. Loving them all – something to keep you smiling in these Covid days.