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    A laudable debut!

    Rebecca Chase, a cancer researcher, was in New York City for a medical conference. She went to a bar, where she met an unemployed stock trader: Ragnar Johnson. Rebecca suggested they went back to his place, as she said that her hotel was very noisy. Their chemistry was obvious, and Ragnar accepted. The next morning, Rebecca had vanished, and Ragnar decided that since he liked Rebecca and he had nothing better to do, he would look for her. What he hadn’t expected was that bodies soon would be piling up! But where is Rebecca? Is she even alive? As a long-time reader of thrillers, I tend to be difficult to please, and as THE GIRL AT THE BAR is the author’s first novel, I will try to be indulgent, as thrillers are probably the most difficult genre of fiction to pull off. I must say that I had three suspects on my list, and the culprit was my last choice; it was not obvious. However, “the phantom” had made it easier to narrow it down. My main issues with the book are the needless repetitions, and the overwhelming presence of superfluous information: detailed backstories of very minor characters, overlong descriptions of buildings and such, which add nothing to the narrative; too many mentions of the characters’ names where a pronoun would have sufficed, without causing any confusion; and recapping events that happened previously in the book, which no one could have forgotten. I felt all those things bogged down the narrative, slowed down the pace, and made for a heavy reading experience. Overall, THE GIRL AT THE BAR is well written and fast-paced, and quite entertaining mainly because of Ragnar Johnson; Nicholas Nash definitely shows potential. I am looking forward to the author’s next book, as the subject is World War II; it’s a period I know very well and I love to read about. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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    A refreshing thriller

    The Girl at the bar is a near future thriller featuring advancements from current technology in areas of cancer research and computer programming. The excitement runs high throughout the story, and Nicholas Nash has created characters that are well constructed and perfectly fitted the plot, plus they are very believable. This is a thriller that reveals itself consistently at the right times, whilst also keeping me guessing all the way to the very end. The story moves well through time, and at a good pace and flashbacks are well used. This is a very easy read, with some blood and gore! Nicholas, kept the intrigue and suspense going right to the final chapter, which turned out to be quite a revelation! I really enjoyed reading, ‘The Girl at the Bar’ which fits its genre perfectly. A refreshing thriller, with an intricate set of crimes to solve. I would definite recommend this book, and I look forward to reading more from this author.
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    Action-packed

    A well-developed plot with fleshed out characters, each carrying the story to the next unexpected turn, seamlessly weaving the sub-plots into a mystery medical thriller!
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