by Benjamin Stevenson
Published by Penguin Books Australia
Publication Date: 3rd of September, 2018
Australian RRP: $32.99
Four years ago Eliza Dacey was brutally murdered. Within hours, her killer was caught. Wasn’t he? So reads the opening titles of Jack Quick’s new true-crime documentary. A skilled producer, Jack knows that the bigger the conspiracy, the higher the ratings. Just before the finale, Jack uncovers a minor detail that may prove Curtis guilty after all. Convinced it will ruin his show, Jack disposes of the evidence and delivers the finale unedited: proposing that Curtis is innocent. But when Curtis is released, and a new victim is found bearing horrifying similarities to the original murder, Jack realises that he may have helped a guilty man out of jail.
Greenlight is the first novel from Benjamin Stevenson, award-winning stand-up comedian and author now taking the leap into the world of thriller fiction novels. I really love the premise of this novel with the way it focuses on the impact this true-crime documentary on television has had on a real life murder and a killer. It reminds me of another fantastic novel for a young adult audience, Cell 7, because it displays how easily public influence and a well developed show can impact real, horrific events. The biggest attraction of this book was the mystery of who the killer was and also seeing how much of an effect this documentary really has on the results of a real life situation.
I thought this book was very well constructed because the plot flowed with the writing style and I was hooked early on into the story. I was, figuratively, on the edge of my seat throughout this book as I was desperately wondering early on who was behind all of this and what their reasoning was for it. Greenlight was also just a really nice and easy read to immerse yourself into.
The ending to this book was fantastic, but I also enjoyed the entire thing. There was only a few parts of the book that I wasn’t completely absorbed in but overall I thought it was a great novel that will surely impress the readers of thriller fiction looking for a new book that’s also from an Australian debut author! I definitely suggest picking up Greenlight for a great thriller that will get your imagination going and your heart racing.
(Thank you to Penguin Australia for sending a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Greenlight is now out online and in store across Australia!)