crime, Thriller

Access Point by Tom Gabbay

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Summary via BookShop

Wouldn’t we all want a second chance at life? When young American art student Mia Fraser is brutally murdered steps away from her London house she shares with computer genius Ula Mishkin, it leaves the socially inept scientist heartbroken. When it becomes clear that Detective Sarah Boyd is making no progress in solving the crime using traditional methods, Ula creates a software program that allows her to reach into her dead housemates memory in order to reveal the identity of the killer. Entering the dead girls life through the echo of her memory, Ula learns that sometimes the past is best left undisturbed.

 

 

My Thoughts about Access Point

Access Point is one gripping read, to say the least. When Tom Gabbay contacted me to read his new book, I was intrigued right away by the description. Crime thrillers are right up my alley and learning that technology plays a role in figuring out a murder interested me further. So many readers will relate to Mia, an American art student who currently lives abroad in London looking for a fresh start after a bad relationship. As someone who left her own hometown to do the same, that is a difficult decision to make. Once I learned Mia found a roommate like Ula, it tricked me into thinking she was safe. Then Mia gets murdered! I had to believe it wasn’t who she just met, then Gabbay pulls you in even more by showing how dedicated Ula is to figure out who the murderer is.

Ula is a great character. I loved how real she was rather than your stereotypical detective-like character. Along with Ula being a savvy and skilled investigator, Gabbay includes her personal life into the story. Ula’s dreadful bike accident that left her in a coma for several months shows why she is so sympathetic to Mia’s tragic incident. As someone who once found herself looking for roommates and ended up living with a friend of a friend of a friend, it can be very unsettling letting someone you hardly know into your life, let alone your own residence. It is strange how quickly you find yourself connecting to your peculiar new roommate. That is another element of Ula that I liked. The true-to-life relationships are terrific!

One thing that I appreciated about Access Point is how formulated structural it is. I find that writing a crime thriller comes with its own set of challenges. If an author gets too excited about getting to the end, the story falls apart and I get lost. Although there were some points where I needed to backpedal, the majority of the book’s twists and turns were clear and kept me on the edge of my seat. It is clear that Gabbay took his time to outline the story, something that I feel is a must or else you do get a plot that falls apart. The technology information confused me, but then again, I’m not someone who works in tech. Despite my lack of technical knowledge, it made sense in the end. If that makes any sense. So, for those of you who are like me, I can say you will enjoy this part of the story.

I downloaded the audiobook version and recommend enjoying Gabbay’s book in that form. Hannah Chinn does a fantastic job bringing life into Access Point. It is a quick listen at 5 hours and 33 minutes. Its compelling storyline and fast-paced style had me finishing it while cleaning the house.

Wildly imaginative! Wonderful characters. Interesting plot. Vivid descriptions. Simply a GREAT read!

 

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