Phantom Instinct: Associated Press review & The Big Thrill


Yes, I know that this week I’m talking a lot about Phantom Instinct. The novel has only been published a few days. So if I don’t talk about it, Penguin will release the dogs or the bees or the dogs with bees in their mouths and when they bark they shoot bees at you.*

Where was I? Right. The Associated Press has given Phantom Instinct a glowing review:

Meg Gardiner’s latest thriller is her best yet.

“Phantom Instinct” is simply a fantastic story, told at breakneck speed. Gardiner is one of the best thriller writers around, and this is arguably her best work yet.

“Phantom Instinct” is full of action and surprises and a few new twists and quirks. For example, the cop, Aiden, has Fregoli syndrome as a result of his injuries. It’s a brain disorder that causes the sufferer to believe that different people are actually the same person in disguise. You can imagine how this might affect his police work. Harper herself has a complicated past, and it appears to not be a coincidence that she was working on the night of the attack. But to say more would ruin the first of many reveals…

Gardiner’s latest stand-alone is one of this summer’s best reads.

To say I’m happy would be an understatement. The entire review is online at ABC News, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Washington Times.

And The Big Thrill, the online magazine of the International Thriller Writers, interviews me about the book.

According to Gardiner, PHANTOM INSTINCT was inspired by the following idea: “What if two people know that a killer escaped from a shootout, and that he will kill again, but nobody else believes them? To catch him they must work together, but they don’t trust each other.” In the story, she said, “the more Harper Flynn and Aiden Garrison learn about the shootout, the more dangerous things get. The more they’re drawn to each other. And the more each of them fears that the other might betray them.”

Hop on over there to read the rest.

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