Dead simple begins with a stag night going very, very wrong. Michael Harrison is about to get married to beautiful Ashley Harper. Since he is a practical joker himself, his friends have decided to take revenge, put him in a coffin, and bury him for a couple of hours, just time for them to get more drunk and look at some pole dancers. But an accident happens, and Michael’s four friends die…

D.S. Grace is a man haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his wife, years ago. He is controversial within the police for his past repeated use of mediums in several cases of disappearances. Learning that Michael is missing, he decides to use every resource available to find him alive. A race against the clock begins, but there are people whose interest it is that Michael remains buried…

Dead Simple is a fast-paced thriller made in England, a race against the clock for finding a man in a rather tricky situation (it reminded me of a CSI episode, in which character Nick Stokes finds himself in a similar predicament…). Dead Simple is suspenseful, but sometimes loses its momentum due to some lengths. In my opinion, it was about 100 pages too long and needed serious editing. Also, I thought there could have been more surprising twists and turns along the way (there was a big twist in the first half of the novel, but the other one did not really come as a surprise). Some people did not like the supernatural element, but it did not bother me. I was intrigued by the story of Grace’s missing wife, and for this reason alone I might be looking for the next installment in D.S. Grace’s investigations, Looking Good Dead. All in all, Dead Simple is a mostly satisfying thriller for those looking for a light summer read…

Rating: 3,5/5