Nick Petrov was a world-famous private investigator -- until a brain trauma destroyed part of his memory and changed who he is forever.
Now a killer is on the loose, looming up from a past that Nick can no longer remember.
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About the Author
Peter Abrahams is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five books, including the Edgar Award-winning Reality Check, Bullet Point, and the Echo Falls series for middle graders. Writing as Spencer Quinn, he is also the author of the Chet and Bernie series—Dog on It, Thereby Hangs a Tail, and To Fetch a Thief. He and his wife live in Massachusetts with their dog, Audrey.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This review is really late, but someone has to tell the other side. As a fan of Peter Abrahams 'The Tutor, Last of the Dixie Heroes', I was looking forward to this book, especially after all the glowing reviews. While the last two books were not mysteries, per se, Abrahams did a great job at creating a suspenseful mood with intricate plot and character developments in a very original way. Unfortunately, 'Oblivion' was very disappointing, especially since it was touted as a mystery. The book is about a private eye who gets hired for a missing person case. He starts working on the case, but then loses his memory because of a brain tumor. Once he gets out of the hospital, we then watch the PI retrace all of his steps from the first few chapters, albeit much more slowly due to his new impairments. The author telegraphs the identity of the bad guy(s) to the reader very early, and the only 'mystery' in this book is waiting for the PI to figure it out, even though the author hits him with the clues multiple times. Sorry, but I don't recommend this one. It's really amazing to see how many reviewers claim they loved it, so you might like it, too.
Nick Petrov has a talent for finding missing children. His special skills, and most of all his desire to save kids, have led him to get wrapped up in a case where nothing is as it seems. Everyone is lying to him and just when he figures out the answers, he wakes up in the hospital with oblivion where his memories of the last two weeks should be. He could just let it go, and get on with his life. But what did he discover that was so important? Who are the people in this picture he has at his home? Why is there a check in his bank account from someone he can't recall? Oblivion is definitely a thriller, with lots of twists and turns along the way. I was not able to predict ANY of the twists, and definitely couldn't figure out who the “bad guy” was until the very end!
Peter Abrahams takes us into a great "what if." Most of us can imagine disability and wonder how we'd handle it. Add to that living through questions about what went before, and mindless violence bringing more questions than answers, and know you've been inside Nick Petrov. Outstanding!
What a ride! I bought Oblivion today and could not put it down. It tweaks the detective genre to create something totally original. The book is great fun and I strongly recommend it.