Solitary photojournalist John Wallace struggles to consciousness to find he has been bound and blindfolded by a masked man who is preparing to hang him in his own living room. Forced onto a chair with a noose around his neck, Wallace briefly reconsiders his mostly lonely life before the chair is kicked out beneath him and his world fades to black.
Then he gets lucky and manages to escape his apartment, just ahead of his assailant. Bloody, barefoot, and with at least one broken rib, he has no choice but to run for his life. With no idea who would want to kill him, he makes it to the hospital and files a police report, but it soon becomes clear that as far as the authorities are concerned the only threat to Wallace's life is himself, and he is placed under suicide watch.
When his would-be killer strikes again, Wallace realizes he will have to figure out who is hunting him and stop him on his own. The pendulum of fate swung briefly in his favor, but it's only a matter of time before its momentum carries it to the other side . . .
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About the Author
Adam Hamdy is an author, screenwriter, and filmmaker who has worked with producers and studios on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to his own original work, Adam has adapted a number of comic books and novels for the screen, including the forthcoming film version of David Mitchell's novel, Number9Dream. Pendulum is Adam's third novel. Prior to becoming a writer, Adam was a strategy consultant and advised global businesses operating in a wide range of industries. Adam lives in Shropshire with his wife and three children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fast paced, lots of twists.
When photojournalist John Wallace is attacked and almost hung in his own home, the police don't believe his story. They're convinced it was a failed suicide attempt. Wallace is sectioned and placed into psychiatric care, where a further attempt on his life is made. Wallace manages to fight-off his would-be killer and escapes the psych ward but is convinced his attacker won't give up until he's dead. He reaches out to ex-girlfriend Connie and together they discover other similar deaths-by-hanging that have been ruled suicides and terrifyingly, they all bear a striking resemblance to his own situation. Now convinced he's in imminent danger once again, Wallace and Connie delve into the backgrounds of the other victims but are frustratingly unable to find a link. Wallace follows the trail to America but the 'Pendulum Killer' remains one step ahead. Who is he and what is his connection to Wallace? Can Wallace stay alive long enough to find the answers he so desperately needs and bring the killer to justice? What a rip-roaring ride this is! The reader is thrust straight into the action in the opening chapter and from then on it's GO, GO, GO at 100mph! John Wallace is a bit of a sorry character. He's trying to pick up the pieces of his life, move forwards and lay the past to rest. He still dearly loves ex-girlfriend Connie but knows he's messed it up for good. When events push them together once more, he grabs the opportunity for a second chance. He desperately wants a future with Connie, and she with him, but can he stay alive long enough to make it happen? I was sitting on the edge of my seat with trepidation trying to work out the connection between Wallace and the other victims. The author certainly has a flair for keeping the reader guessing. Yes, it's all a bit unlikely - but this isn't real life, this is entertainment baby! It's thrills and spills at its very best. I experienced every emotion and loved every second of it. If you like no holds barred full-on action from beginning to end; I recommend you read this book - like NOW!
Loved this book , had me up late reading it. Can’t wait to read the other two books! Hated Connie died, but rooted for Wallace the entire book. Wonder who helped Max with his sicko plan?
PENDULUM by successful UK author and screenwriter Adam Hamdy has penned a great read. And a great ride. We’re experiencing an epidemic of sorts. And on both sides of the Atlantic no less. All of a sudden, right and left, feeling remorseful for their misdeeds, people are committing suicide, hanging themselves by their necks. In PENDULUM, Hamdy has written and tells an exceptional story. Dribbling it out one little nibble at a time. You’ll be starving for more. What’s behind this wave? Who’s behind it? Hamdy reveals all in due course. But not until the end. (And nothing I'm going to spoil here.) Perhaps best of all, Hamdy introduces us to two terrific new characters, English photographer John Wallace, and FBI Special Agent Christine Ash. Each in a boatload of trouble. Who find their way to one another. In the nick of time. If in the nick of time. You’ll be wanting more of Wallace and Ash. That’s for sure. And Hamdy leaves just enough room in the conclusion of PENDULUM to suggest that’s exactly what we may get. If we’re lucky. #1 NYT bestselling author James Patterson calls PENDULUM “one of the best thrillers of the year.” That’s no exaggeration.
Pendulum by Adam Hamdy is just that. The story kept me swinging back and forth, racing along the streets of London and New York trying to avoid a nameless and faceless killer very good at his job. What captured my attention and held it long into the night was an elemental yet frightening question. Who is trying to kill our hero, and why? Along the way, in this entertaining and wild ride, we meet unknowing and seemingly undeserving victims from all walks of life. But are they what they seem? The truth is revealed late in the game which means that you must race through to the end. The ride is wild, bewildering, and fantastic. I loved this book and hope for more by this talented and innovative writer.