The Last Hack
Author: Christopher Brookmyre
Genre: Mystery, Fiction
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Release Date: July 4, 2017 (first published February 2, 2017)
Pages: 432 (HC)
Goodreads Synopsis: Sam Morpeth has had to grow up way too fast, left to fend for a younger sister with learning difficulties when their mother goes to prison and watching her dreams of university evaporate. But Sam learns what it is to be truly powerless when a stranger begins to blackmail her online, drawing her into a trap she may not escape alive. Meanwhile, reporter Jack Parlabane has finally got his career back on track, working for a flashy online news start-up, but his success has left him indebted to a volatile source on the wrong side of the law. Now that debt is being called in, and it could cost him everything.
The Last Hack is detailed perfectly. And makes you all the more paranoid, knowing how easy it is for hackers to receive any information needed for their goals. Or the ability to twist and bend circumstances to their will. With members of major corporations handing over sensitive information, to systems being entirely warped, this read is exceptionally eye catching.
Sam enters the picture, with her sister in tow. She is left alone, to fend for herself and her sister. Her mother in prison doesn’t care that her daughter has opportunities, it’s as if she wishes her the same fate that she has obtained. And what can Sam do, but stress from it all. There is no money coming in for either of them due to complications and she is having to deal with bullying, which knows no age. Her world is basically turned upside down and it doesn’t stop there.
It moves on to Jack who loves getting himself into the worse situations possible. Always following a story and always unrelenting in his endeavors. He is a force to be reckoned with. Much of his life is that way, fast paced, always upping his game, never letting others shake him down. But he also struggles with things that could have been, a failed marriage, and love that never truly blossomed. It’s a non-stop whirlwind of a life.
And somehow when two are from completely opposite sides of the spectrum, Sam and Jack are melded into each other’s lives and pushed to find a solution to their crazy predicament. The hacking ensues, the moments in these pages get more intense and elevated as they are placed in very complex surroundings. Plans that go awry and a bloodied corpse that makes it look as if Jack had a hand in this gruesome murder.
This is one of those reads that might take a few pages to get into, but once it moves along, there is no turning back. The intricacies within this novel will keep the reader on the edge of their seat, hoping that Jack and Sam both make it out of this with their heads intact. And maybe at the end of all this, there might be a few happy endings… or more mayhem on the horizon for Jack Parlabane.
***I received this copy from Atlantic Monthly Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***