Firstly I wish to thank Amber Choudhary of Midaspr for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Proximity by Jem Tugwell
Leading the trend in speculative crime thrillers, Jem Tugwell’s thrilling and thought-provoking debut sits alongside Black Mirror and The City and the City in an unsettling exploration into our near future. Proximity draws on Jem’s 20 years of professional experience as a software developer in the city to give a disturbing insight into how our world might be transformed by the rapid advance in embedded technology and fitness trackers.
What if the cash-strapped NHS can be given a second life by using tech to regulate our health and behaviour? What if we can eradicate proximity crimes by tracking everyone’s activity? What if civil liberty is seen as acceptable sacrifice for the greater good? What if the convenience of technology is used for control?
DI Clive Lussac has forgotten how to do his job. Ten years of embedded technology – ‘iMe’ – has led to complete control and the eradication of crime. Then the impossible happens. A body is found, and the killer is untraceable. With new partner Zoe Jordan, Clive must re-sharpen his detective skills and find the killer without technology, before time runs out for the next victim…
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Oh wow, I am absolutely blown away with this book. Set in the future, but one that is totally believable, big brother is definitely watching every move everyone makes. Obesity is a thing of the past and crime almost none existent. Well, it sounds pretty cool to me. Sign me up! But it’s not everyone’s cuppa tea!
When a serial killer discovers a way to go off grid and scratch an itch that has been suppressed for the last ten years since tracking everyone was introduced, all hell breaks loose. DI Clive Lussac and his new partner Zoe Jordan have to investigate with a mixture of new tech and old skool ways to hunt down this killer.
There are some corking characters in this story. Lussac was pure entertainment from start to end. He loves his food, dislikes exercise, struggles with everyday life and is the salt of the earth. By the end of the book, I was truly fond of this man.
The murders are pretty gruesome but what made them spine chilling for me was how Jem Tugwell, the author, made me feel the thrill of how the killer was feeling. I lived every precious moment they felt and it was terrifying. From killer to victim the balance was perfection. A see-saw of pain and pleasure for both.
There are some superb moments in the book which had my smile to laughing. The cars just creased me up, especially when Clive and Zoe needed just the extra bit of speed. Everything has been thought of in this ‘perfect bubble world’ to keep everyone safe.
A brilliant book, an excellent thriller and 100% entertaining. Highly recommended. Really can’t wait for a follow-up! Genius.
I wish to thank the publisher for an e- copy of this book which I have honestly reviewed.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jem Tugwell is a crime fiction author with a Crime Writing MA from City University. Proximity is his thrilling debut novel, inspired by the fascinating possibilities of technology, AI and the law of unintended consequences. In a past life, Jem had a successful career in investment management, and he now lives in Surrey with his wife, two young children and dog. Outside of his family and writing, Jem’s loves are snowboarding, old cars and bikes.