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I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

Move over Zero Dark Thirty, and make way for I Am Pilgrim.

In a lot of ways, I Am Pilgrim reads like a movie. The visually captivating story is a thriller that keeps you on your toes, as you delightfully anticipate the tiniest shift in the plotline bringing you closer with solving the mystery. The sheer size of the book is enough to tell you that this is a 3-hour movie waiting to be made.

And then you have an “Aha” moment, when you realize it’s a book written by Terry Hayes, the screenwriter/producer who has given us movies like Mad Max (one and two) and Dead Calm.

Terry Hayes has written a “script” that is perfectly timed, tightly edited and takes you rapidly from one scene to the next. The story follows Scott Murdoch, the son of a wealthy American family who once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote a definitive book on forensic criminal investigation. Written under a pseudonym, Jude Garrett, the book will come back to haunt him since someone is using it to create the perfect crime.

But the plot thickens with another storyline: One whose journey begins in Jeddah – Saudi Arabia’s second largest city. This parallel storyline defines a course of action that will alter the path of a fourteen-year-old boy’s life.

As the reader get deeper and deeper into I Am Pilgrim, not only does the plot intensify, but it rewards with greater insight.


I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes is a great reading experience. It is smart, with thrilling plots and subplots to keep you engaged throughout its entire six hundred pages. Don’t be frightened by the volume; you’ll probably be cancelling your weekend plans to stay in bed and read this page-turner, and you won’t regret any minute of it. Every word in the book has a place, which tends to move the story forward and in doing so manages to captivate our attention.

Published by Emily Bestler Books/ Atria Books - a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.


Review by @ShilpaRaikar
5/5 Sukasa Stars


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