Can one chance meeting ruin your life? In Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd, academic Adam Kindred finds himself the prime suspect in a murder and decides to go into hiding by not using his mobile phone, credit cards, etc., and living rough in order to avoid the police, while trying to find out why the man he’s accused of killing, was murdered in the first place.
Each chapter follows a different character in the story, including police officers, the real killer, a pharmaceutical company CEO, which really helps to move the story along. I thought the story was well plotted, and it’s a cracking read, in fact, I ended up staying up an hours later than normal because I was desperate to finish it by that point! It’s also completely believable that Adam could have found himself in that situation, and the downward spiral of his life into the murky depths of society in London is at times chilling.
One thing I felt was that this look at modern London society was a similar theme to A Week In December by Sebastian Faulks which I read recently. I think the murder plotline holds together much better in this book, and still manages to provide an insight into life in London.
It’s a very compelling book, and I didn’t want to put it down at all while I was reading it.