Monday, May 14, 2018

Book Review: 'Lifting the Lid' by Rob Johnson

Lifting The Lid

Trevor Hawkins accepts a redundancy package from his employer of fifteen years and then hits the road in a Volkswagen van with his dog Milly. But very quickly his plans go awry. First the van breaks down and he has to stay in a pricy hotel which doesn’t allow dogs. Then he breaks the lid on the toilet when he is trying to fix the flush, turning his world into a chaotic romp.
Lifting the Lid is a very funny and engaging story about how one decision can change someone’s life forever. I liked Trevor and his dog Milly. Trevor isn’t very bright and keeps getting himself in one scrape after another, and Milly lacks any training at all, but is very sweet.
The chapters are short and the action is very fast-paced, flipping from one scene to another and I was kept guessing throughout, wondering how the various parts would come together in the end. The plot abounds with everything from a gang of psychopathic villains to a private detective, a vindictive mother, a missing wife, and of course a fair assortment of law enforcement personnel, some honest and some not. The humor becomes a bit too slapstick at times, but nevertheless, the roller coaster ride is wonderful.
The twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat, laughing all the time. The story is intriguing, but the best part is just enjoying the frolic from one adventure to the next. Each scene is fully detailed with wonderful, hilarious descriptions so that I felt as if I were at the extremely loud concert or in the hotel room when the maids discover Milly.
Lovers of comedic thrillers are sure to enjoy the Lifting the Lid.

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