This particular story is basically about a son's good intentions towards his dying father that turned into an adventurous mis-adventure with hilarious results. Who knew all you needed was a bottle of expensive Scotch, a weird dog, a corpse in a trunk, a homicidal maniac, wild boars, a Cadillac and a full moon to make for a very funny story. My wife hates it when I read these books from these authors before I turn out the light to go to sleep...I keep laughing out loud and waking her up.
I have just about read everything that Heide Goody and Iain Grant have written together. They have never let me down when it comes to their stories. Started with the Clovenhoof series a year ago and always wait in anticipation for new material. This is a great book. Love it!!
I was rather pleased to find the oldest character, Tony, to be the best one; calm, wise, brave and full of good ideas. The plot revolves around a weekend trip planned by his son Nick. Everything goes disastrously wrong from the start, on a grand scale.
This is black and bloody humour with more than a whiff of obnoxious smells. If you enjoy whimsical oddities with fragile egos and narrow horizons then this book is not going to be your favourite cup of tea. But if you're woven from a coarser yarn, able to shrug off episodes of mindless violence in your pursuit of a good action story then you should enjoy this dramatic tale. You might even want to read it aloud to teenagers whilst trying to keep a straight face.
It's both macabre and hilarious, petty and insightful, vicious and poignant. All at the same time. I can't immediately think of anything I've read which is similar, certainly not taking place in recognisable British locations.
Nick always thinks he is the failure out of the 2 sons. Planning a special trip for his terminally ill father, he orders a special gift for his dad’s birthday. Finn is a killer for hire, paid to do the dirty work for corporate bodies, she has been paid to get a heart. When their paths cross, what follows is a comedy of errors. Nick and his dad Tony were 2 great characters. Nick a Generation Y, was not practical, thought outside the box and things tended to go wrong, Tony was the complete opposite, a typical dad, hardworking and practical. At the start of the book, their relationship was disjointed as Nick was trying too hard, but as disaster, after disaster followed, they started to get closer. Some of my favourite scenes happened when their lives were in danger and they were discussing films and survival techniques. The description of Finn as the terminator was spot on, a no-nonsense woman who got the job done regardless of how bloody it got and who had a fascination of cataloguing the people she met. Throughout the book, everyday items were put to unusual uses and I never knew how versatile Duct tape was. The imagination of the authors is incredible and I always wonder where they get their ideas from. Who else would come up with Finn abseiling down using intestines attached to the man she just killed. This book had it all, action, horror and comedy all rolled into one fast-paced thriller. Whilst the story is bloody and gory, you don’t notice, as you are giggling about the situation that caused the mess. This was a quick loveable read and if it was not for real life I would have read it in one sitting. Whilst this is a standalone story, I would love to see Nick and Tony tackle other chaotic adventures
But I really enjoyed it. Yes it has contract killers, and werewolves, and travels in Scotland. but it is really the story of a father and son trying to connect with each other in the face of the fact that the father is dying from cancer. there are some very tender moments. But in many places it is laugh out loud funny. I could see it as a series.
That's all i can say at the moment. I'm still laughing too hard to write a real review! Absolute gross, vulgar, inappropriate, decidedly un-stiff-upper-lip hilarity. This book is an no holds barred assault on the funny bone.
A heart in the right place by Heidi Goody and Iain Grant. This was a really enjoyable read. Loved Finn. But she was crazy loved nick and Tony. Loved the part where oz came back after finn took the knife out of his chest. Brilliant. 5*.