Published in 1994, this novel bears no relation to the 2009 sci-fi thriller of the same name. The Day After Tomorrow was Allan Folsom’s first venture into novel-writing. It incorporates multiple storylines and spins them into a yarn, but the real question is, does it succeed at thrilling the readers?

The plot-lines go as follows :

  1. A physiologist, Paul Osborn, has been haunted by his father’s murder from his childhood, and the murder has affected his life in a really bad way. One day, when he goes to Paris to grab a bite at the local brasserie, he sees his father’s murderer there. Now Osborn, who realizes the only way to put his life back on track is by uncovering the reason behind his father’s death, decides that he has to get the murderer to spit out the truth.
  2. A veteran homicide detective, William McVey of the LAPD, has been asked by the Interpol to investigate the discovery of several headless corpses in Europe, with the latest discovery happening in London. Their only clue to the perpetrator(s) was the fact that the heads appeared to be surgically removed, as if the removal of the head was a part of an operation, rather than an act of killing.
  3. An old man and a millionaire, Elton Lybarger, is convalescing from a heart condition under the supervision and care of Joanna Marsh, a physical therapist. Lybarger was going to return to his homeland of Germany for a ceremony, to give a speech there.

On the outset, the three storylines couldn’t be more disparate, and the idea really shouldn’t have worked. But the way Allan Folsom spins them together is nothing short of marvelous. Great writing throughout; we often read “This book had me from the first page,” and similar stuff, but in the case of The Day After Tomorrow, this is actually true. And the book only gets better as we delve deeper into the story. The writer’s brilliance strikes home when the reader observes the way Allan Folsom juggles the multiple POVs with apparent ease, with no break in the story whatsoever.

Allan Folsom, the man himself…

Not to mention the method in which he incorporates science, history and technology into the book so that they stand side-by-side. The amazing thing is the advances made in these fields of science and tech since then. Folsom has already guessed the direction of these developments more than 20 years ago, which is unbelievable.

The only weakness(kind of) is one of the main protagonists, who isn’t relatable sometimes, but it is too small a reason to stop yourself from picking up this wonderful piece of writing.

The book is almost 700 pages long, but it never feels that large because of the breakneck pacing of the novel. Definitely worth reading, especially if you are a fan of the thriller genre.

RATING : 8.6/10

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