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Review: The Friar’s Lantern by Greg Hickey


The last time I sat down and read a choose-your-own-adventure novel, I was stressing over my essays and portfolios for university. I needed a break from the real world, a break from my modules, and a break from my housemates. So when Greg Hickey emailed me asking me to review his book The Friar’s Lantern, how could I refuse?

You may win $1,000,000. You will judge a man of murder.

An eccentric scientist tells you he can read your mind and offers to prove it in a high-stakes wager. A respected college professor exacts impassioned, heat-of-the-moment revenge on his wife’s killer—a week after her death—and you’re on the jury. Take a Turing test with a twist, discover how your future choices might influence the past, and try your luck at Three Card Monte. And while you weigh chance, superstition, destiny, intuition and logic in making your decisions, ask yourself: are you responsible for your actions at all? Choose wisely—if you can.

The Friar’s Lantern Synopsis

Sitting down and delving deep into an alternate world to our own, the narrative style of Hickey’s novel sent over a wave of nostalgia that made me realise why I love these types of books. You are the protagonist, and your choices pave the way the story ends – will you win $1,000,000? What affects will your choices have on a murder trial you’re judging?

The narrative is so compelling and captivating; you can’t put the book down. You want to find out what happens next, you want to find out where your choices take you and what the outcome will be. Whilst some parts are clunky with heavy description, it is made up for quick-witted dialogue between the characters and the protagonist. The relationships explored within this novel are so relatable, it’s like you’re talking to one of your best friends.

I would honestly recommend this book to everyone who will listen to me rant and rave about how much I enjoyed the constant twists that were thrown at me. If you enjoy strange plot turns and eclectic characters, then you won’t be disappointed.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


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