The Destroyers by Christopher Bollen

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Read The Destroyers Online Free - Arriving on the Greek island of Patmos broke and humiliated, Ian Bledsoe is fleeing the emotional and financial fallout from his father’s death. His childhood friend Charlie—rich, exuberant, and basking in the success of his new venture on the island—could be his last hope.

At first Patmos appears to be a dream—long sun-soaked days on Charlie’s yacht and the reappearance of a girlfriend from Ian’s past—and Charlie readily offers Ian the lifeline he so desperately needs. But, like Charlie himself, this beautiful island conceals a darkness beneath, and it isn’t long before the dream begins to fragment. When Charlie suddenly vanishes, Ian finds himself caught up in deception after deception. As he grapples with the turmoil left in his friend’s wake, he is reminded of an imaginary game called Destroyers they played as children—a game, he now realizes, they may have never stopped playing.

An enthralling odyssey and a gripping, expansive drama, The Destroyers is a vivid and suspenseful story of identity, power and fate, fathers and sons, and self-invention and self-deception, from a writer at the very height of his powers.

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ISBN : 0062329987
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 496 pages


TL rated it ★★★★☆

June 25, 2017

I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in an exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own:). ---- Beginning: very good 4 stars Middle: still good but goes between slow and steady paced... stuf does happen but takes the time getting there (not all of that a bad thing) 3.5- 4 stars at time...

Harvee rated it ★★★★★

May 24, 2017

Two school friends meet again many years on the island of Patmos, Greece. One is from a wealthy Cypriot family, the other has been disinherited by his rich father at home in England. One helps the other, but which one helps who? A thriller with twists and turns in the plot, while the novel shows...

Melissa rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 08, 2017

The author appears to be infatuated by his own prose as this book was far too long. The resolution of the story came out of nowhere. Given the book's length, the author should have had plenty of opportunity to lead you to it. It was deeply frustrating to read nearly 500 pages without a satisfying...

Elizabeth rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 10, 2017

This book is described as literary fiction and a thriller. It's got an interesting plot and the beginning draws you in but then the story gets tedious and stale. I did not enjoy this book and it seemed like it would take FOREVER to get anywhere with the plot. I wanted to learn so many details abo...

Suzanne rated it ★★★☆☆

June 23, 2017

This book has an amazing beginning with writing and action that breathlessly pull in the reader. Unfortunately, the vast middle of the book cannot hold up that level of excellence and the narrative changes. The book becomes far less engaging and far more work. The ending is good and almost makes...

Ilyse rated it ★★★☆☆

July 10, 2017

Heard Bollen on The Lit Up Show, and I was like YES! Can't wait to dive into this summer read, has all the ingredients I love--beautiful locale (Greek Island) + wealthy people behaving badly + murder/some kind of talented Mr. Ripley shananigans

Bridget rated it ★★★☆☆

May 09, 2017

What a brilliant start to a story! The odd thing was that the beginning felt like a different style completely from the rest of the book, the beginning feels like an action thriller, the rest of the book is far more thoughtful and slow moving up until the end, which again moves briskly and concis...

Stephanie rated it ★★★☆☆

April 18, 2017

There was a lot going on this book, and at times it was fairly disjointed. The ending definitely saved it, but it took so long to get there, that even with great ending you're wondering why you're still reading it.

Natalie rated it ★★★☆☆

May 16, 2017

Exciting beginning, memorable ending, sluggish middle.

Sarah Beth rated it ★★★☆☆

June 22, 2017

I received an uncorrected proof copy of this novel from HarperCollins. After his father's death leaves him destitute, Ian Bledsoe calls upon his wealthy childhood friend Charlie to bail him out of his financial straits. Charlie invites Ian to the Greek island of Patmos to assist him with his busi...

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