Book Review: The Finisher


The Finisher is a tremendous book by David Baldacci. I must confess, it’s also my first Baldacci book which is a bit surprising, to say the least.

The first couple of pages were confusing. He’s substituted several common use words with his own vocabulary, and that can get a bit mind befuddling but we get used to it. We then begin referring to years as ‘sessions’ and day as ‘light’.

The main character, Vega Jane, is kick-ass. Hunger Games, Divergent, and now this. The Finisher. All draw on the theme of a more tough female. A strong female. A smart female.

And I love this new trend, of course. Female narratives are a lot more fun.

Vega Jane has been in Wormwood all her life. And yet, she discovers, that events of late really show her who she is. Which turns out to be everything she had wished for. And maybe a bit more.

It’s not divided into good and bad, Wormwood…it’s divided into characters that are conflicted about their inner goods and bads. And that is a refreshing change.

I loved how the ending wasn’t just a ‘happily-ever-after’. I look forward to a sequel, though, because half my questions were left unanswered.

Do read this, it is kind of brilliant ! πŸ™‚

7 thoughts on “Book Review: The Finisher

  1. ryandejonghe says:

    I read my first Baldacci last year (and wasn’t too impressed). Friends and family keep recommending him, so I should give him another shot. This sounds interesting. Thanks for the review.

    • justmadstuff says:

      Which book was it that you read ? I wasn’t sure I liked his writing style up until about 3 chapters, so make sure you don’t ditch the book by then πŸ™‚ Thank you!

      • ryandejonghe says:

        I read THE WINNER. Maybe my opinion would change if I went back and re-read it, but for me, there were too many solidary moments, which seemed to be his weakest. When two or more characters were together, his writing shined.

      • ryandejonghe says:

        I’m not really sure what you’re into. The Goldfinch itself can go either way. I loved it, but my former High School English teacher did not (we’re friends on Goodreads). The Art of Racing in the Rain and The Rosie Project have universal appeal.

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