Endgame by Daniel Cole #BookReview

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A locked room. A dead body. A secret that went to the grave.

When retired police officer Finlay Shaw is found dead in a locked room, everyone thinks it’s suicide. But disgraced detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes isn’t so sure.

Together with his former partner Detective Emily Baxter and private detective Edmunds, Wolf’s team begin to dig into Shaw’s early days on the beat. Was Shaw as innocent as he seemed? Or is there more to his past than he’d ever let on?

But not everyone wants Wolf back – and as his investigation draws him ever deeper into police corruption, it will not only be his career on the line – but the lives of those he holds closest as well…

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star three and a half

My rating might come as a surprise to you and I can tell you, I wasn’t expecting to give anything lower than a 5 star rating myself because my god, I loved the first and second novel in this trilogy SO MUCH. But, yeah here it is.. my opinion of this novel is colored by a few small details that made such a mark on my reading experience that it became too difficult to see past it.

You see, I have the feeling that the main thing I will remember about Endgame in a few months time will be my frustration and struggle at the start of the novel and which lasted way longer than I wanted. The author made it clear that he doesn’t want to rehash what happened in book 1 and 2 and that you really need to read the series in order, but guess what, I did read the first two novels (it’s been 2 years since I read about Wolf though) and I was STILL at a loss about the characters, about what happened in the past and the relationships among the members of the team, as there really isn’t any reference point to before. I didn’t like this feeling that it’s on the tip of your tongue but just out of reach. Why was Baxter so mad at Wolf? It didn’t feel it was merited. I vaguely remembered how book 1 ended but that didn’t ring a bell at all. And was Christian a character from the first novel too because I didn’t remember him? The only one who I really had no trouble remembering was good ‘ol Edmunds. So yes, this irritation overshadowed my reading pleasure quite a bit. What didn’t help either was that my ecopy had some poor formatting because there weren’t any paragraphs dividing the scenes, there wasn’t any blank space. One minute someone’s handing over a coat. A brief fullstop and two words later someone’s smiling in a camera in a very different scene. That constant change without any warning at all took lots of energy to follow the story. I’m sure the finished copy won’t have this though so you don’t have to take this into account, but it’s where I’m coming from ;-).

As for the storyline itself, the suspected non-suicide of Finlay formed the base of an entertaining mystery, especially since he was found in a locked room. It’s clear that the answer must have something to do with one night a lot of years ago but it takes a while to get to the crux. In this story finding out the suspected murderer of Finlay didn’t form the biggest thrill for me, no it was actually seeing how Wolf would find a way to prove it. The last part of the novel, with a sublime twist, was therefore definitely the best part.

Overall, this was a good read but it didn’t match the first two novels (except for that amazing twist). It’s also fairly different reading experience compared to the previous novels where lots of people are targeted and plenty of grisly murders, where the focus here is on Finlay (there’s definitely no big cinematic show here). If you’re going to read this, then I certainly advise you to read the three novels around the same time, I’m sure this will be a whole other experience then!

I received a free ecopy of this novel via Netgalley from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

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33 thoughts on “Endgame by Daniel Cole #BookReview

  1. Oh no… I didn’t know it was part of a Trilogy. I took up this book not knowing that. And I don’t want to read the first two.. I don’t have them and can’t buy them at the moment
    Great review. I can understand why you would be frustrated. Great review

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  2. I totally get where you’re coming from, I hate it when you’re throw into a story and spend the first part of it trying to remember what happened before. Authors and publishers severely underestimate our memories, plus we read a whole lot of books, that’s a whole lot of stuff to remember! I really wish sequels would start with a “previously on” to refresh your memory 😄 And lousy formatting can make a read much less enjoyable, you’d think that publishers would take that into account but many don’t 😕 Still, there was a great twist, at least that’s something 😄 Sorry you didn’t enjoy this more, but a great review nonetheless!

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    • It’s a great idea to offer a small recap but unfortunately here the author warned me already in his prologue that he picked up right where he left off. It wasn’t so bad when I read the second novel but now it’s really been too long. Maybe you don’t need to remember everything but I was constantly trying to anyway :-). I’m sure there are other readers who won’t be too much bothered by this and will find it an amazing read. Thanks for understanding me so well! xxx

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  3. Oops. You’re right. Did not see this coming at all. I totally get the frustration though. Like Kelly says, we read a lot of books and to get those all straight in our heads is just impossible. I’m conflicted now because I really wanted to read this one to see how the trilogy ended but I don’t have time to read the previous two books again 😂

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    • Hihi I knew it. Well I’m sure you’ll be fine reading it. It’s probably more that I wanted to remember than what I really needed to. He said he put some Easter Eggs in the story too but I haven’t found them because of my faulty memory. It’s getting a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews on Netgalley so I’m probably really in the minority here, don’t let it put you off! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. xxx

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  4. Ah, a shame it did not live up to your expectations. I completely understand what you are saying though. It would frustrate me as well and potentially make me a lot more grumpy than you 😉. Great review and good advice to read the books three novels close to each other.

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  5. Fantastic review! I have only read the second book in the series and I enjoyed it. Although truth be told I probably wouldn’t remember all the fine details to dash right into the third book. I read it quite awhile ago.

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    • Well you already jumped in then with the second novel and that went well so you’ll probably be fine here as well! But then the second novel didn’t even have Wolf in it, he’s a character from the first novel and there’s not much getting to know him, the author assumes you already met him. Thanks Kim for your sweet comment!

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  6. Oh dear, I understand your frustrations. I hate when an author of a series does this, just as much as when they “over” share what happened in previous installments. It drives me nuts too that we’re expected to remember everything from a book that was read almost 2 years ago. Maybe others will think differently.

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    • I guess I never read a novel that overshares but then I’m hopeless in following a series so that might explain it too. For me personally, a description and introduction of the characters again would have been nice instead of just dropping them in and getting on with the story. I’m in the minority though who sees this as a problem, the novel is getting a LOT of 4 and 5 stars too (fortunately a few others do say the same as I do) :-). Thanks Alexandra!

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      • I’ve read a couple, and it was annoying, because they reiterated what we knew for a number of lengthy chapters. Needless to say, I didn’t read any more from those authors. For me, personally, I like a little bit of background because sometimes (as it happens) I come on a series with book 2 or even 3. So it’s helpful, otherwise new readers can be left floundering and confused.

        Oh, and just because people are giving this one high marks, doesn’t mean anything as far as I’m concerned. Which is why I value coming to blogs like yours, Inge, to get an honest review. Then I can make my own mind. 😀

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  7. It’s amazing that the whole trilogy is already out. It feels like it was just yesterday that I read the first book and enjoyed that thrilling killer ride! I do feel you on the whole “tip of the tongue” feeling yet the author doesn’t hint you enough to catch on with what happened and what is going on. A bit frustrating, to say the least. I definitely hope to complete this trilogy someday now. Fantastic review as always, Inge! 🙂

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  9. I too loved books one and two and read number one followed straight after by number two and like you at the beginning I really struggled to remember what had happened once I got further in I was ok and found it all picked up and pulled all the loose ends together. But like you I think it was a year or two years ago that I read the first two.

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    • I’m starting to believe we’re really quite similar 😚 I found book 2 a little easier because it wasn’t about Wolf.. but now he’s back and my faulty memory struggled to catch up on what happened at the end of book 1. Most readers don’t seem to have much issues though, I haven’t read a lot about this. I guess it’s mostly me who really wants to remember the most of it to get the entire picture 😝 It’s fine after a while though when you get more into the present story… You’ll have to read the final novel now, you can’t leave it xxx

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