Review: The Progeny

The Progeny
The Progeny by Tosca Lee

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

**Thank you to Howard Books for providing me a digital ARC of the novel via NetGalley for the purpose of review**

Okay, I hate to make comparative reviews, but we need to talk about The Da Vinci Code.

It’s difficult for any author nowadays to put out any kind of thriller that (a) crosses continents and countries while (b) trying to find out a hidden, historical-type secret that (c) people — usually secret societies — will kill or die for without b being compared to the Robert Langdon novels. In the same way that no psychological thriller with a female protagonist written by a female can exist without comparisons to Gone Girl or Girl on the Train.

But when I say we need to talk about The Da Vinci Code, that’s not quite what I mean. What I mean is: this book echoed some of the plot twists of Brown’s bestseller so much, that it ended up being to The Progeny’s detriment. The story became formulaic and predictable, which is the last thing I want to feel while reading a thriller — especially a thriller that features an amnesiac protagonist on a quest to rediscover her identity and lineage.

There’s a definite divide between the front half of the novel and the back half. Despite the serious issue of exposition-laden dialogue and massive info-dumps, the front half contains the most mystery and intrigue. As one progresses into the back half of the novel, however, those issues are only exacerbated by a plot that just becomes downright silly and, as I said above, predictable.

Ultimately, I didn’t particularly enjoy this novel and wouldn’t want to recommend it to anyone save those who are just die-hard thriller readers and don’t mind the formulaic, predictable nature of the plot.

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