Thursday, 7 May 2015

To Parts Unknown - John Anthony Miller



                To Parts Unknown is a thrilling book with so much action that it should be a movie. Set in 1942 in Singapore during the Japanese invasion, George is a journalist trying to escape memories of his dead wife. George meets Thomas, a mysterious man who seems to have unlimited resources, know everyone and has intel on military operations. George also comes across Lady Jane who is also, like George, trying to escape parts of her past. All three must try to flee Singapore before the Japanese invade. The book follows these three along their journey as well as other interesting characters as they jump from trains, kill enemy soldiers and, for two characters, fall in love. It is a very fast paced and edge-of-your-seat book. I loved the setting of Singapore during the war and a particularly poignant part involving a singing little girl before a bomb hits. The author described the scene so well that it was heart breaking and really brought home how horrible war was for these people. The author obviously did a lot of research about life on Singapore during this time and it really added to the believability of the book. The characters were also wonderful and even though I suspected Thomas’s secret, there were still some twists near the end. This book absorbed my attention and I couldn’t put it down. The cover fit the time period of the book and it read perfectly on my ereader. I can’t wait to read more written by John Anthony Miller.