Book Review: The Rule of 72 by C.C. Taylor


The Rule of 72 by C. C. Taylor
The Rule of 72 by C. C. Taylor

Title: The Rule of 72

Author: C. C. Taylor

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Publisher: Matador

Published: May 28, 2014

Page Amount: 303 pages

Blurb From NetGalley:Charismatic Edward van der Linden runs Eleventh Hour, a massive global enterprise committed to solving the world’s environmental problems. The company is funded exclusively by super-rich philanthropists, who use its influence for their personal crusades, making it an exclusive, powerful and highly secretive club.

Detective Chief Inspector John Cavey, the Met’s most successful murder detective, is investigating a rash of killings amongst London’s homeless community that is looking less like a serial killing and more like mass extermination by the day.

Twenty-six-year-old Caroline Hartley joins the Eleventh Hour corporation as Edward van der Linden’s speech writer, but it isn’t long before she starts to suspect that everything is not as it seems at the company, as she accompanies her new boss to the world’s environmental hotspots. Caroline learns that Eleventh Hour is conducting ground-breaking medical research in a laboratory deep in the jungles of Guyana and starts to question the company’s benevolence. As she struggles to thwart Edward van der Linden’s deadly intentions, her mission cuts across DCI Cavey’s murder investigation, which has drawn him to the doors of the mighty Eleventh Hour corporation, where both of them discover the significance of ‘the rule of 72’.

Why Read: In the midst of my over-reviewing on NetGalley, it’s easy to pass over the multitudes of books and just let my eyes rest on my favorite historical fictions genres and literary fiction. That’s not to say I don’t love my thrillers, like Rule of 72, because I really do. It was partially that which caused me to read it…. And it might have been the immediate reading of the words “exclusive, powerful, and highly secretive club”. Because who can resist something like that? 

Review: The thing about thrillers is that they seem to start and end so quickly that I have to remind myself among the hundreds that I’ve probably read; they are all different. With Rule of 72, I can’t deny that I finished the book within 3 hours at the most… so it was a bit quick. But it had the lucky characteristic of being memorable.

I’m a sucker for conspiracy books, and although this book didn’t hit the nail of what I love to read most (government and CIA cover-ups), the concept of an environmental company with more than a small different motive was exciting. The pace was settled in fairly quickly, and throughout the different viewpoints – I felt as though I didn’t ever lose my place in the novel. That’s unique. For most thrillers, I always seem to get lost and have to reread a page or two because I’m reading too quickly and too invested in learning about the outcome. So props, Rule of 72.

If I take a second to look at characters, I did have some teeth-grinding and head-butting that I wished I could do with Tom, a misogynist banker, but that’s the mark of a good character right? (Answer: yes, I wanted to hit him through my computer screen). Caroline could be a bit naïve at times, but her development through the book was definitely noteworthy and that she came out different definitely played a big part in how I appreciated the story. The one complaint I could postulate is that it was quickly apparent to me how the story would turn out. But that could be from reading too many thrillers…

The detective side of the story was no worse implemented. Cavey was a fun inspector who I enjoyed following around throughout his search and covering up and true knowledge of how the inside of the government works. My favorite part, I believe, may have been him telling his under lackey to make an announcement that they had made a breakthrough on the case. Upon his lackey’s asking him whether or not it was true, he just laughed, and we learn that he has no intention of being sacked by the Interior Minister.

All in all, it certainly was a fun book and although I felt it was over far too quickly for my taste, that’s what you get when you are a speed reader.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Review Coming Soon: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close  

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