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Buzz - Anders de la Motte Book Info
Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Expected publication: January 7th 2014 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published 2011)
original title Buzz
series HP Pettersson #2
other editions (14)
Source:Netgalley EARC

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In the second installment in a new international thriller trilogy, a young man is on the run to escape a “game” that blurs the lines between reality and fiction.

It’s been four months since he was dragged into the Alternative Reality Game that nearly cost him his life, and HP is still on the run. He has everything he ever wished for—freedom, money, and no responsibilities, but he still isn’t happy. Plagued by insomnia and paranoia, HP misses the rush and attention of The Game. Sometimes he almost wishes the Game Master would find him.

In Dubai, HP meets Anna Argos, a sophisticated and beautiful Swedish IT millionaire. When she disappears, HP is questioned by the police. Fearing he has been found by The Game, HP returns to Sweden after being released from custody. Determined to uncover the truth about Anna’s disappearance, HP uses a fake identity to apply for a job at Argos Eye, the company Anna worked for. In the business of online information management, Argos Eye is involved in some questionable practices, under the control of Anna’s husband, the CEO Philip Argos.

Meanwhile, HP’s sister Rebecca has started dating Philip Argos. When she unknowingly reveals her brother’s real identity to Philip, the police try to bring HP in for questioning again. On the run again, HP refuses to give up and tries to uncover what is really happening at ArgosEye. Before he can find the truth, HP is stopped in his tracks. Thinking he’s about to be thrown in prison, HP is taken to the outskirts of the city and left in the woods, where an elderly man hands him a piece of paper. HP believes the game is over, but is it really just beginning?

My Thoughts

After 4 months of running, searching for the perfect high or the perfect escape into alcohol induced escape from reality HP has tired of traveling around the globe and longs to stop looking over his shoulder in fear of being found. Neither the privileges accorded him by his newfound wealth nor the most luxurious accommodations can erase his sense of isolation and loneliness for home.

HP finds himself at a stopping point in Dubai where he hooks up with a beautiful blonde, the woman agrees to go on an expedition with he and an acquaintance that he had met on his travels which results in her disappearance and HP being targeted as her murderer. A case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people is not as straightforward as it seems, HP soon realizes that he has been set up and also that he is in grave danger if he cannot provide proof that he did not indeed commit a crime.

Upon being able to set the police on the trail of the real criminal HP is released and returns home to Sweden, he feels that no one would be looking for him to come to his homeland and he feels a burning need to uncover the truth about what happened to Anna Argos to which end he creates the perfect opportunity for himself when he becomes the newest employee of Argos Eye. However once again HP discovers that he has gotten involved way over his head, especially when his new employer inadvertently discovers his real identity.

The story lines once again take two different tangents, that of HP and his chaotic searching for the truths that may or may not finally set him free from the clutches of the Game and it’s hypnotic ability to ensnare him and that of his sister Rebecca as she herself becomes an unwitting pawn.

The way in which the author patiently reveals the true purpose of the Game is both thrilling and terrifying, seeing how both HP and Rebecca navigate each hurdle that crops up in their path takes patience as they slowly but surely come closer to solving the mystery of why the two of them have been targeted by the Game Master and thrown into a world that neither one is prepared for where no one can be trusted and anyone could be the enemy the pair is trying to evade!

Book 3, [b:Bubble: A Thriller|17225566|Bubble A Thriller|Anders de la Motte|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1375650366s/17225566.jpg|24749071] hopefully will answer all the questions raised throughout the previous two books and provide a satisfactory conclusion for both HP and his sister Rebecca as well. I guess we all have to read on and find out for ourselves. Regardless things are for sure becoming very interesting as the story progresses!

[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]