WE KNOW - Gregg Hurwitz
WE KNOW is the second book from Gregg Hurwitz, which was released in 2008. This is a review very much in the spirit of better late than never, as this is a book that is just the thing for fans of big, over-the-top, clever, pitch-perfect thrillers.
You really have to remember that WE KNOW is a thriller. The central character Nick Horrigan obviously has a secret which is obviously going to be slowly revealed as the book progresses (well it becomes obvious after a seat of the pants opening scene). Not everyone with a secret, however, gets a SWAT team descending from a Black Hawk helicopter in the middle of the night to smash their way into their apartment. What on earth sort of a secret is it that would make Nick the sort of person that a terrorist, threatening to blow up a nuclear power station, ask to speak to? Alone.
WE KNOW is quite simply a wow of a thriller. It must be, as it does a number of things that normally would annoy this reader, and yet I was hooked. The cliffhanger at the end of each chapter normally annoys. There's a few completely unlikely scenarios (let's face it, for example, even with a HUGE secret, if the authorities wanted you to help out in a terrorist threat, they'd probably knock on the door before they sent in the Black Hawks). But really, the point of a good thriller is that it shouldn't matter if things get a little squiffy plot wise. If there's some obvious manipulation going on - well bring it on, pass the chocolates, pour a glass of wine and let's get stuck in here.
And this really is one of those tremendous thrillers. Simply couldn't put it down. Went out and bought the next book in the series the next day. You can't get better than that.
Over the past two decades, Nick Horrigan has built a quiet, safe life until, one night, a SWAT team bursts into his apartment, grabs him and drags him to a waiting helicopter. A terrorist has seized control of a nuclear reactor, threatening to blow it up.
And the only person he’ll talk to is Nick.
When they come face to face, he promises to tell Nick the real truth behind the events that shattered his life twenty years ago.
At seventeen years old, Nick Horrigan made a deadly mistake—one that cost his stepfather his life, endangered his mother, and sent him into hiding for years. Now, what Nick discovers in that nuclear plant leaves him with only two choices—to start running again, or to fight and finally uncover the secrets that have held him hostage all these years.
As Nick peels back layer after layer of lies and deception, buffeted between the buried horrors of the past and the deadly intrigues of the present, he finds his own life—and the lives of nearly everyone he loves—at risk. And the only thing guiding him through this deadly labyrinth are his stepfather’s dying words: TRUST NO ONE.