Acts of Vanishing
Fredrik T. Olsson
Rating: 3.5 / 5
Acts of Vanishing starts life as a political-cum-espionage thriller. Swedish encryption expert William Sandberg discovers that he and his daughter Sara are somehow linked to a series of power blackouts wreaking havoc on Stockholm and other cities around the world. Add subterfuge, secret agents, politicians, conspiracy theorists, a neurologist and computer hackers to the mix and you have a pretty exciting plot.
The first third of the book is terrific—fast-moving, clever and complicated. The plot then slips sideways.
You might enjoy dystopian fiction—if that’s so, you will revel in Olsson’s exploration of the way civilisation might be brought to its knees. I felt short-changed and disappointed that the novel’s initial premise had morphed so markedly. But if you’re into sci-fi thrillers, this might be just what you’re looking for.