Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: July 27th, 2021
Synopsis: From international bestselling author Brad Parks comes a new thriller about an ordinary man who may be able to save the world as we know it—but to do so, he must make an impossible choice.
Nate Lovejoy is a self-proclaimed nobody, a stay-at-home dad who doesn’t believe he’s important to anyone but his wife and their two daughters. So it’s a shock when members of a powerful secret society kidnap and spirit Nate away to a mansion at the behest of their leader, Vanslow DeGange, who claims to know the future. He’s foreseen that a billion people could die—unless Nate acts.
It seems improbable, especially given what DeGange says will set this mass casualty incident in motion: a lawsuit against the biggest power company in Virginia, being brought by Nate’s wife, Jenny.
Nate quickly smells a scam being perpetrated by the power company. But at every turn, it becomes apparent there’s more to DeGange’s gift than Nate wants to acknowledge. A billion people really could die, and Nate might be the only one who can save them.
All he has to do is the unthinkable. (Goodreads)
As I believe in full disclosure, I want to warn you that Unthinkable takes far-fetched to a whole new level. If you’re willing to leave rational thinking and skepticism at the door though, this is a wild ride that I guarantee you’ll find impossible to put down once you’ve started!
The big question is: What would you do if you were told that in order to save millions of people, you have to murder a person, and not only that, but it’s someone you love. This isn’t an entirely new concept. Various versions have been previously debated with one of the more popular hypotheticals being if you could go back in time, would you kill Hitler. So, take that, throw in the Butterfly Effect, and you have the basis for Unthinkable.
The story is told through the alternating POVs of Nate and Jenny, and I was equally invested in each of their characters and what they were going through. The plot itself is a crazy roller coaster of a ride with plenty of twists and turns and an intriguing mystery teasingly woven through the narrative.
In summation Unthinkable is an unputdownable thriller that is a fantastic concoction made up of a bit of existentialism and philosophy, likable characters, head-spinning twists, and a breakneck pace. Honestly, this is the epitome of a perfect Beach Book, so if you have vacation plans this summer, or even if you don’t and you’re looking for a great escape that you’ll likely finish in one or two sittings, mark your calendars for July 21. And, if you’re thinking this would make for a great movie, you’re absolutely right. I’m already creating my dream cast!