Couldn t finish, I tried Got to 27% and it was still dragging Interesting left brain right brain concept but the authors pontificating writing style disengaged me every time I picked it up. Influence killsInfluence is the greatest force on earth Influence equals power, the power to affect people and events The most powerful people alive have the greatest influence And they can use it for good or bad Marcus Kline is the world s leading authority on communication and influence He can tell what you are thinking He can see inside you He can step inside your mind Yet when a series of murder victims bear the horrific hallmarks of an intelligent and remorseless serial killer, Detective Inspector Peter Jones turns to Marcus for help and everything changes As the killer sets a deadly pace, the invisible, irresistible and terrifying power of influence threatens friendships, reputations, and lives When events appear to implicate the great Marcus Kline himself, everyone learns that the worst pain isn t physical Chris Parker is obviously a very talented and intelligent author, however, I just couldn t get into this book at all Too much pyscho babble interfered with the story in my opinion and I found it hard to understand and concentrate on.I have already bought the second in the series Belief through the monthly Urbane Book Club and I will give it a go still, but unfortunately Influence just wasn t for me. I always hold my breathe with debut novels, hoping they meet my expectations No problem with Influence Very well structured, excellent writing and I love the idea behind the book of control I hope this series goes from strength to strength. If you approach this asof a sci fi book, then it is a good read I found the premise of Influence particularly interesting it sets out that it is possible to tap into the subconscious and use it to control the actions of those around you The author s knowledge of the field is soon apparent and is used skillfully to make a story that might seem far fetched appear vaguely plausible The main protagonist Marcus Kline is the ultimate communications guru who can analyse any situation and thro If you approach this asof a sci fi book, then it is a good read I found the premise of Influence particularly interesting it sets out that it is possible to tap into the subconscious and use it to control the actions of those around you The author s knowledge of the field is soon apparent and is used skillfully to make a story that might seem far fetched appear vaguely plausible The main protagonist Marcus Kline is the ultimate communications guru who can analyse any situation and through his highly honed skills use his influence to steer the actions of others The almost superhuman skills Marcus has developed keep him from interacting with the world, and this detachment leads to some very intense story telling throughout.The plot is fast paced and kept me interested There were enough strands to the story to let you get to know the characters and keep you guessing about how it will come together.The characters around Markus are well developed and likeable, although each has their own set of emotional drivers and appears extremely adept at self analysing these in a way that I couldn t quite buy in too The intensity throughout makes sure that it keeps your attention even in the quieter moments, so I think Chris Parker s approach feels justified in the end.Influence is a great page turner I m looking forward tofrom Chris Parker From the pen of a renowned communications expert comes a serial killer story set in Nottingham The murders are gruesome one scene s description is particularly chilling with the victims scalped The detective, Peter Jones, is a strong, and in some ways a typical, lead investigator but it s his friend, Marcus Kline, that s the star of the book An expert in influencing people, he displays many of the traits that make mentalists so fascinating He reads people, Derren Brown by way of Sherlock From the pen of a renowned communications expert comes a serial killer story set in Nottingham The murders are gruesome one scene s description is particularly chilling with the victims scalped The detective, Peter Jones, is a strong, and in some ways a typical, lead investigator but it s his friend, Marcus Kline, that s the star of the book An expert in influencing people, he displays many of the traits that make mentalists so fascinating He reads people, Derren Brown by way of Sherlock Holmes, and can influence how they think and act Human interaction is a big part of the book Relationships between lovers, colleagues, friends and rivals are explored alongside a whodunit that keeps you guessing Some of the support cast particularly the woman are well drawn and there s plenty to suggest that this will make a good trilogy I m really pleased I am the first person to leave a review for Influence on Goodreads and hope it sets the trend going forward I could actually sum the book up in just one word excellent I thought the idea of Influence and the way Chris Parker builds it into the fabric of the story was very original His characters are very well developed, his plot was intricate but not overly complex and he has a very easy style of writing that is quick to get into I hope this is the start of a new series Another well written and intelligent novel that I had the pleasure of reading this week The concept behind Influence is actually quite chilling, the thought that we could, even are , manipulated so easily Brilliantly written I can see this is going to be a very popular series. A totally edge of the seat thriller Amazingly written. A page turner A thriller with fingers pointing to one killerhmmmmm