Matt Richtel - Hooked: A Thriller about Love and Other Addictions

Hooked: A Thriller about Love and Other Addictions

A Book by Matt Richtel


First Appeared in The Music Box, November 2007, Volume 14, #11

Written by John Metzger

Tue November 20, 2007, 10:35 AM CST


Hooked: A Thriller about Love and Other Addictions, the debut novel by New York Times reporter and comic strip author Matt Richtel, is a 21st Century tale with a dark premise, one that cuts to the heart of life in the digital age. Richtel’s ambitions are huge, and the underlying concepts of his story are intriguing. In the end, however, the book never quite lives up to its potential.

After an explosion in an internet café, journalist Nat Idle’s world is turned upside down. Four years earlier, Annie Kindle, the love of his life, had been swept off a yacht and lost to him forever. After struggling to forget her — a feat which he never fully accomplished — he suddenly is haunted by her presence. Just prior to the blast, a folded piece of paper had been dropped on his table by a mysterious woman. Idle followed her to the street, only to watch as she quickly departed in a red Saab. Upon opening the note, he realized that it was a warning that told him to get out of the building immediately. More puzzling, however, the handwriting bore a close resemblance to Kindle’s. As Idle’s investigative instincts take root, he begins to follow the trail, which keeps pointing to his past as well as to his dead girlfriend.

Hooked: A Thriller about Love and Other Addictions moves at a rapid pace. In a deliberate attempt to build suspense, each of the book’s 60 chapters not only is kept short but also ends with either a twist in the plot or a tantalizing thought. Reading like the prelude to a script for a Hollywood thriller, the style initially works quite well. As Idle becomes consumed by his quest, the reader is drawn further and further into the drama of the tale that Richtel is telling. When Hooked: A Thriller about Love and Other Addictions draws closer to its conclusion, however, his strategy increasingly begins to feel forced. As the pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place, the tension dissolves into answers that aren’t terribly satisfying because the questions that are raised lead precisely where one might expect. starstarstar


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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!


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