Resident Reviewer: Absolute Proof by Peter James

*This is a spoiler free review.

Investigative reporter Ross Hunter nearly didn’t answer the phone call that would change his life – and possibly the world – for ever.

“I’d just like to assure you I’m not a nutcase, Mr Hunter. My name is Dr Harry F. Cook. I
know this is going to sound strange, but I’ve recently been given absolute proof of God’s existence – and I’ve been advised there is a writer, a respected journalist called Ross Hunter, who could help me to get taken seriously.”

What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would be the consequences?

The false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life’s work of a famous atheist, and the credibility of each of the world’s major religions are all under threat. If Ross Hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence…

(Summary taken from Goodreads)

Firstly, thanks to The American Book Center for the advance copy of Absolute Proof by Peter James. This book is a standalone thriller where you follow a man trying to find proof for the existence of God. At first glance, the cover reminded me of Dan Brown’s books. I don’t know about you, but I actually did enjoy Dan Brown’s stories. It’s been a while since I last read his books or books like these, so I was quite excited for Absolute Proof.

Before I get to my review, I’d like to say that one should read this book with an open mind in order to get the most out of this suspenseful thriller. I suspect that this book will give each reader a different feeling, depending on their religious beliefs. After all, this is just a work of fiction.

Like many other books, it did take me a while to get into the story but trust me when I say that once you get into it, you’ll be hooked, like I was. It was hard to put the book down after I started to immerse myself in the story.
Ross Hunter, the main character, is a tenacious investigative journalist. He receives a phone call from Dr Harry Cook, a retired professor, who tells him that he can prove the existence of God. This would be a great story for him and his curiosity pushes him to pursue this quest.

Absolute Proof contains a wide cast of characters. You will read from various viewpoints, including a greedy pastor (while he is a villain, I find him quite intriguing) and a pharmaceutical company, just to name a couple. I liked Ross’s character, even though sometimes he is annoying. Ross’s unsupportive wife, Imogen, isn’t a very likeable or interesting character but I guess that’s the point. You’ll meet more in this book.

The main storyline did get me very hooked but there were some parts that I felt I could have done without. Especially the bit about Ross’s past felt a little unnecessary and too long. Generally, I like reading about characters’ pasts, but I just wanted to get on with the main story. I wouldn’t say that this book is extremely fast-paced. There were some slow parts, though as a whole it’s a well-paced book that will keep you interested. Trust me, you’ll want to know how it ends!

Overall, this was a great book with an even greater ending. It gave me a lot of mixed thoughts and feelings. There’s a lot of questions left inside my mind after reading this, which I think is quite normal for a book with this subject matter. I don’t say this very often, but I can imagine myself rereading this in the future.

Peter James handled the topic of religion really well, in my opinion. I would be interested to know his thoughts while writing the book. If you’re looking for something thought-provoking and action-packed, filled with conspiracies and mysteries, Absolute Proof is the book for you.

I gave it 3.8/5 stars.

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