I finished an almighty first novel today. When I say finish, I mean I finished reading, not writing.
It was one of those novels which kind of gets you hooked after the first chapter and then you struggle to put it down. The name was, The Istanbul Puzzle, by Laurence O’Bryan. At first, you’d think it was a usual novel, trying to break into the market that Dan Brown has over-commercialised, however it was surprisingly good.
As a fellow writer I feel its important to congratulate those awesome books that stand out from all the rest. O’Bryan’s description of Istanbul and the photos that accompanied it at the end of the novel really cemented how much work had gone into producing the novel. Never, have I seen photos in the back of Dan Brown’s book!
So I applaud Mr. O’Bryan on an awesome first novel. I can only hope to emulate his success one day.