After his father is killed, Alex Karpenko and his mother have to flee Russia if they want to survive. But where would they go? On one side, Great Britain calls and on the other, the United States of America. In an epic tale of fate, Heads You Win follows the life of a Russian immigrant as he tries to make his life in the new world.
My Rating: 5/5
No. of Pages: 471
Published By: Pan Macmillan
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Political Thriller
Book Type: Paperback
Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer is a fantastic tale full of twists and turns. Keeping up with his style, Archer surprises you with fantastic writing on every page. I remember when I started reading this book I couldn’t put it down and easily covered the first 100 pages in a day.
Coming to the cover, they did a brilliant job with the style and colours. The minimalist blue on a vibrant red background easily grabs the attention of someone looking for a new read. Of course, you should never judge a book by its cover but it was the cover that caught my attention when I was browsing through the new releases in my local bookstore.
The narration is unique, with the story switching between the character’s viewpoint after every few chapters. I love that the book is set in three different cities – Leningrad, London and New York. We get to experience how different the lifestyle was in each country during the same time period. The switch between the chapters on Alex and Sasha can get a little confusing at first but once you get deeper into the story you tend to understand the difference.
Heads You Win is an epic political thriller set in our current times, the plot was very easy to understand. Especially since it is set in a time period that was not too long ago. We follow Alex on his journey to the new world where he has to make his life as an immigrant. We see how he rises in ranks politically and socially until it’s time for him to face his past and return back to Russia. The story is full of ups and downs. One minute you’re rejoicing with the protagonist and the other you feel so bad for him. There are sudden twists that you never saw coming. The book captivates you and you find yourself thinking about the characters way after you stopped reading.
One thing that has really bothered me as a reader is that the book ends with such a dramatic twist in the last chapter. The very last line ends on a cliffhanger and I really do hope that there is a sequel. I need to know what happens next!
I did read some reviews online where a few bloggers have said that they didn’t like the style in which this book was written. Sure, it took a lot of concentration and even I did find myself going back a few pages to re-read a few lines but I enjoyed this book a lot. In fact, because of the different style of narrative, this book is one of the best I’ve read recently.
I wouldn’t recommend this book if you want to start reading Jeffrey Archer. You could start with an easier book maybe? As The Crow Flies or Kane and Able. But if you are a seasoned Archer fan then this book is definitely one for you to check out.
About the Author
Jeffrey Archer is a bestselling English novelist and former politician. His books have sold about 330 million copies worldwide, a few of which have been adapted to screen as well.
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