Book review: The Razor Gate by Sean Cregan

In Newport City, on the east coast of America, men’s and women’s lives are literally ticking away.

Monday, 21st March 2011, 6:00 am

The Clocks, victims of a new serial crime, are kept secret by the authorities for fear of a wave of panic spreading through the city.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Curator and taken through the Razor Gate, they are then subjected to the Curse, a medical procedure which ensures a fatal drug will be released into their nervous system exactly one year after implantation.

Without even knowing it, they are heading for certain death.

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Sean Cregan, who admits to taking up writing at university in the US as a way of escaping his engineering degree, has become a master of the thriller genre.

His books resonate with blood-soaked action, psychological drama and nail-biting tension.

Unknown to their masters, the doomed Clocks are starting to fight back. One of their number is suicidal and, determined to bring their plight to the public’s attention, has detonated a bomb, killing dozens of people.

Journalist Maya Cassinelli, whose ex-boyfriend is one of the dead, and police officer Charlie Garrett, whose Clock girlfriend is about to die, have embarked on a desperate hunt for answers.

What they don’t know is that they are being closely shadowed by members of the elite Foundation who want control of the Curse’s revolutionary and lucrative bio-technology.

With everyone hunting the Cure, who will find it first? The Clocks are ticking.

The Razor Gate is a tense, gritty and brutal story with a cleverly worked and moving undertone.

Frighteningly addictive.

(Headline, paperback, £12.99)