1/7/22; 391 pages
Cherry Tree Publishing
Nothing Left To Lose by A.J. Wills is a highly recommended psychological thriller.
Abi is a criminal
lawyer/barrister who just secured the convictions of two
murders. Henry and Abi should be celebrating the conclusion of her big
case, but Henry is frantic that she isn't home and her phone is off.
When Abi finally returns after celebrating with colleagues, and says
that someone was following her. Later Henry sees that someone did follow
Abi home and now knows where they live. The next day he discovers her
car was vandalized, and the couple receives an anonymous letter with a
death threat. Henry is worried that these threats are tied to her recent
case and the crime family involved will extract revenge on their
family. Abi is not as concerned, but ends up talking to the police about
the incidents while Henry looks into a home security system.
Henry's concerns escalate and his paranoia increases with each new
incident as he tires to figure out exactly who is targeting his family.
Make no mistake, someone is out to get them and becoming increasingly
threatening and bold in their contact and threats. Henry really has no
idea who is behind this so his mind is skittering from one suspect to
another. Henry's reactions are manic at times and almost over-the-top,
which detracts from the seriousness, especially when he is not taking
all the contact and threats he receives to the police. Document,
Nothing Left To Lose will hold your attention to the end as
the threats increase. Basically, all of the characters are unlikable so
the strength to the narrative is in piecing together if the threats are
real and who could be responsible for them. New suspects emerge as the
information Henry thinks he has changes throughout the plot. The final
denouement is very satisfying, but I'm going to have to admit I almost
set this novel aside based on the sheer exasperation and irritation I
felt toward the character of Henry.