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The Prediction

The Prediction

**Amazon Best Seller!** Reached #13 in the Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Murder. Nobody knows the day they’ll die… until now. Mathematical genius Daniel Geller has developed a formula to predict a person’s date of death only to have it rejected by the faculty at Trinity College. Totally devastated he turns his back on the world he once loved. Twelve years on, Daniel’s old professor John Redmond and his wife are coming to terms with the death

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Anka D

June 2, 2016 at 8:46 am
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
A thriller that will keep you an your toes, July 15, 2014
Anka D

This review is from: The Prediction (Kindle Edition)

Warning: Don’t start reading this novel, if you don’t have time to finish it! It gets you hooked from the first paragraphs, and it asks to be read in one sitting.

The title, “The Prediction”, pretty much sums up the starting point of the novel: the formula to predict people’s date of death. After reading the blurb and taking a look at the cover, I feared that the book would be filled with mathematical equations or something of the sort, but it is nothing like that. It is a thriller – crime – mystery novel with elements of a detective story. Filled with suspense, peppered with a bit of romance and softened by tragedy, it is one of the best crime novels I have ever read.

It is difficult to pinpoint one theme in the novel, because the plot (or plots) is constructed on so many levels, each with the same degree of importance. There are three main storylines that intersect: First, the story of Daniel Geller’s life and career plays around the theme of hope and the loss of it. He has abandoned his doctoral thesis and his dreams of becoming a world-known mathematician, and he has come to terms with having a simple life and a menial job, only so that his hope is rekindled after twelve years. Second, John and Claire Redmond’s tale is built around the destruction of family life, after the loss of a child. It is the darkest part of the novel, emotionally engaging and, sometimes, distressing. Third, Grace Visser lives her own tragedy due to her abusive husband. Her decision to leave him seems to create more problems than solutions. This third storyline focuses on character destruction and rebuilding.
Accidents play a defining role in the story. They offer major plot twists and an amazing ending.
Until the curtain falls, all the plots are resolved, one way or another, and the end of the book is both puzzling and rewarding.

The multitude of points of view is another novelty that Darren Sugrue has to offer to the world of writing. We are used to seeing two or three points of view in a story, but here we encounter eight different ones! Each of the main characters and some of the secondary ones are given the chance to tell part of the story as seen from their side. The point of view usually changes from one chapter to another, as the story jumps among plots and characters.

After noticing the multiple plots and points of view, the number of the main characters is not surprising anymore: Daniel Geller, the mathematician; John Redmond, the professor; Claire, John’s wife; and Grace Visser, Daniel’s long lost love. Surprising is the part given to Zoe, Daniel’s wife; she appears seldom in the novel, but plays a decisive role in the story. There is also a number of notable secondary characters: Otto, Grace’s abusive husband; Rik, Grace’s friend; Janssen, the detective; and my favorite, Edward, an episodic character who plays the role of the sage, the wise elder.
The author seems to love all his characters, paying the same attention to both primary and secondary ones, showing empathy towards all of them. They seem to come to life from the pages of the book, they change and develop through the story, and I am sure that any reader can find at least one character to relate to. What surprised me was that among all these characters, there is only one villain. Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean that all the others are linearly good. They are complex, deeply flawed, with their strengths and weaknesses, yet sympathetically portrayed, which is what makes them so “real”.

The setting is secondary to the plot. The action moves between Amsterdam and Dublin. There is little description of the surroundings, but it is not missed. The parts that deal with the setting are full of humorous observations, such as the modes of transportation used by the police in Amsterdam or the bicycle lanes in Dublin: “Daniel suspected that Dublin Corporation had employed magicians to plan and construct the bicycle lanes. One would be cycling on them when all of a sudden, poof! They’d vanish.”

Darren Sugrue writes in short, clear, sometimes fragmented sentences that have the fluency of modern poetry. It feels like the author just gives in to his train of thought. A great example is Chapter 58, a hospital scene. The details and the onomatopoeic vocabulary make you feel like you are there, in that hospital hallway. It is my favorite scene in the novel.
Attention to detail is noticeable throughout the book, in the way the author describes how a loose bike chain is reattached, how a woman applies varnish to her nails, or how the drops of rain bounce off the street.
The Prologue is a flashforward, giving you an insight on how the story will end, and getting you hooked within minutes.
Humor is subtle and scattered throughout, balancing the gloomy atmosphere that floods other scenes in the book.
Dialogue prevails and plays a major role in depicting the characters and the…

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Karsyn S.

June 2, 2016 at 9:21 am
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Prediction by Darren Sugrue, June 1, 2014

This review is from: The Prediction (Kindle Edition)
Finished ~ The Prediction by Darren Sugrue
Completed 5/31
4 of 5 stars

I received this book through Library Thing from the author for my honest review.

Warning ~ this book may not be for anyone who has a problem reading about the loss of a child. This topic is discussed frequently, and in detail, in this book.

The Prediction by Darren Sugrue was a FANTASTIC read!! So different and so enjoyable. Reading about the loss of a child was hard to read, and it’s not for everyone. I had known going in, to expect it, and was ok with it, but it was even more than I expected and I will try to keep out my own personal opinions about that part of it for this review. Despite that, this book was really really great!!

Daniel Geller is a crane operator who, years ago, had submitted a thesis in college that was a formula for predicting the day that someone will die. John Redmond is Daniel’s former mentor and he reaches out to Daniel, asking him to return to his thesis. Redmond had discovered that one of Daniel’s test subjects 12 years prior, had indeed died on the date that was predicted and there was another set to die, in 6 days time. This time the person set to die was Daniel’s former lover. He now hopes the thesis is wrong, as he races to warn her and keep her safe on the day in which he had long ago predicted she would die.

The book follows 3 storylines. The first one which is Daniel and his life including his trip to warn his ex lover, the second one is of John, who has his own agenda and the third is of Grace, the ex-lover Daniel wants to save.

Setting = B
Plot = A+
Conflict = A
Theme = A+
Characters = B-

Set in Dublin and Amsterdam, there is a little talk about these foreign (to me) towns. I learned how there crazy cyclist in Amsterdam, as well as trams and it sounds like everyone drives really crazy, at least within this book. The plot and theme of this book is what kept it going and was so very enjoyable and such an interesting concept! It doesn’t seem like there would be much conflict in this pretty straightforward story, but there is and that’s what really starts to grab your attention and get everything going. The characters are quite likable, though none of them are very connected to each other, but that’s just my own personal opinion clouding my judgement of them.

It was such a good read, and I don’t want to tell you too much more because it could totally ruin it. It was different and engaging. It kept me wanting to read more and find out where the story was going. I really enjoyed it overall and I think it was a fantastic must read!

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June 2, 2016 at 10:19 am
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is one of those books that after you are finished, it will leave you thinking about it for days., August 23, 2014

This review is from: The Prediction (Kindle Edition)
Twelve years ago Daniel Geller, mathematical genius, developed a theorem that predicted the exact date of a person’s death, but after his University denies Daniel his Doctoral degree based on his prediction theorem, he moves on from all he knows, and becomes a crane operator.

Daniel’s former mentor, Professor John Redmond finds Daniel and lets him know that one of Daniel’s former test subjects has indeed died on the day Daniel predicted for him, and based upon Daniel’s theorem, another test subject- Daniel’s former lover- is set to die in a few days. This book follows three different storylines that are all intertwined; Daniel and his life; which includes his wife Zoe, and son Sean, and Daniel’s attempts to save his ex-lover from death. Professor John Redmond and his wife Claire, and finally Grace, Daniel’s ex-lover.

This is one of those books that after you are finished, it will leave you thinking about it for days. It had me hooked from the prologue and I did not want to put it down. The ending was definitely shocking and sad, but also exhibited hope. I could definitely see this book being made into a feature film. This is among one of the best books I have read all year, and I look forward to reading more from Darren Sugrue.

* I received this book for free, in exchange for an honest review.

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