Ebook review: Lifting the Lid by Rob Johnson

About the author: “Some readers have asked me if my comedy thriller ‘Lifting the Lid’ is partly autobiographical. Am I anything like the main character, Trevor Hawkins? The answer, quite simply, is: ‘No, I’m not.’ Okay, so I do own an elderly VW Transporter camper van (currently off the road), I do have a dog (five rescue dogs actually), I do have a low pain threshold, and I can occasionally be accused of ‘anally retentive faffing’. But there the similarity ends.

Unlike Trevor, I live in Greece with my partner, Penny, two cats and the aforementioned rescue dogs. As far as I’m aware, Trevor has never written anything longer than a shopping list in his life, whereas I’m working on the sequel to ‘Lifting the Lid’ and two screenplays.”
From the dust cover: “There are some things people see in toilets that they wish they hadn’t. What Trevor Hawkins sees might even cost him his life.

When Trevor takes voluntary redundancy, he hits the open road in his beat-up old camper van in search of adventure with his disciplinarily challenged dog, Milly. But the simple act of flushing a hotel toilet transforms his life from redundant sales assistant to fugitive from a gang of psychopathic villains, a private investigator, the police and MI5.

With more twists and turns than an Escher-designed bobsleigh run, Trevor manages to give his various pursuers the slip long enough to take a peek inside the package he retrieves from a locker at the Leeds Festival. Not surprisingly, the contents leave him baffled as to why so many people are after him and, in particular, why some of them seem intent on doing him serious harm.

It certainly wasn’t turning out to be the kind of adventure he’d had in mind when he’d first headed out on the highway with Born to be Wild blaring from the speakers. Steppenwolf had a lot to answer for.”

My Ebook review: In line with other reviewers who have posted I would say that Lifting the Lid is an enjoyable read. It has a mixture of running themes ‘gags’ and more serious plot moments.

At heart it is the story of what happens when you make some silly choices and then get involved in a lot of very intricate nonsense. It brought to mind ‘Lock, Stock, And Two Smoking Barrels’ in the expedience of coincidence.

The main characters are fun and interesting, the second rank characters seemed to be a little bit interchangeable and at times flat.

Did I enjoy it: yes, this was a good read.


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