The Crash by Robert Peston is set in the alterative universe that Robert introduced in his previous book, The Whistleblower. An alternative history if you like of New Labour and the early noughties in the UK. Now ten years on and we're seeing how the fiscal crisis of 2007 started.
Gil Peck, is a likeable yet fractious character. He causes ripples wherever he goes. His dogged determination to uncover what is behind the death of his close personal friend leads him into situations that he risks his life in. He's focussed on finding that truth to the detriment at times of his friendships.
Robert has sprinkled the story with descriptions of lavish parties and expensive designer wear that the banking world id famous for. It's hard at time to not think of the Prime Ministers mentioned as being the ones who actually existed in the UK at this time. Indeed, if you were to tell me that this really happened, I'd believe him.
I don't usually read books by celebrities as I think there's better authors out there not getting the credit they deserve. Yet Robert Peston writes with an enjoyable and knowledgeable style. As a journalist he knows how to create a riveting story and as such I judge him on his words and not his name. This is a brilliant and exciting read that I really enjoyed.
I'm looking forward to Gil's adventures going forward. The coalition years would be interesting, although the Johson debacle would be unbelievable unless you'd lived through it. This series has mileage left in it and I can't wait to read what happens next.
Thanks to NetGallery and Bonnier Books for the eARC in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.