If you are looking to read a thriller with a difference that you are used to, locations that vary and are willing to be enthralled, Peter Bests The Burden of Truth is definitely for you.
I found the plot slowly threaded and weaved together combining the characters in ways I wasn't expecting.
While the pace sets off slow to give you a deeper insight to the plots, especially for thriller reads. I found that this made it a strength running through the book.
There is plenty to absorb within the pages of Burden of Truth, and it has some grit, thrills, and Peter really has given us a gem of a story that is multi cultural, as well as multi layered.
I found myself immersed in the story and enjoyed the diversity of the plot, characters and the insight into Buddhism.
After reading this book, I found myself still thinking about it days later.
A highly recommendable read from a prolific storyteller.
Peter Best was born in North Shields, in the North East of England at the start of the sixties. Albeit the son of a shipyard worker, Peter was brought up in a small mining town until the age of eight, when for some reason or another, somebody made the decision that the community should be uprooted and moved to a place called Cramlington, on the outskirts of Newcastle.
After his time in school, he served an apprenticeship, working mainly on building sites as an electrician, which he hated by the way. However, as Peter always looks on the positive side of things, he was pleased he did.
It was on these building sites where he came across many different characters, strong characters from many walks of life with stories to tell. Many of these men he was pleased, and proud to call his friends. "Real people," he called them. It turned out that many of these so called real people featured quite strongly in his novels.
Of course, it's not just the people he met on the sites, Peter, over the years has come across many different characters on his travels. Many, have played their part in working their way into his mind. Not just because of the way look or act, it was more on how they think about life and their thoughts in general. Over the years he has listened and talked to them all, he has drank with them, laughed with them and even cried with them. He loves people and loves life too.
In 1996, he married for the second time to a young German girl. Soon after, they moved to the south of England. After that, he upped sticks again, and moved to Wiesbaden in Germany to help support his wife as she pushed at her career as a doctor. Peter fell in love with the culture of his new surroundings, especially the culture of one of his neighbouring counties, Bavaria. However, as they say, all good things come to an end, and he moved back to England.
It was at this time his writing started to come together. Over the next few years Peter started to string together his thoughts and ideas for The Burden of Truth and it's sequel. (The name remains a secret for now.) He now lives with his wife and daughter in a small seaside town in Essex called Frinton on Sea. Frinton, along with its neighbouring town, Walton on the Naze, both feature in his novel, The Burden of Truth.