I Am Pilgrim – Terry Hayes

A young woman murdered in a run-down Manhattan hotel.

A father publicly beheaded in the blistering sun of Saudi Arabia.

A man’s eyes stolen from his living body as he leaves a secret Syrian research laboratory.

Smouldering human remains on a mountainside in the Hindu Kush.

A plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

One thread that binds them all.

One man to take the journey.

Pilgrim. – Goodreads.com


Welcome to a little bonus review for the week! I just finished reading I Am Pilgrim at about midnight last night (I usually go to bed by 7.30pm). I couldn’t put it down once I got to those last 100 or so pages and I’m honestly going to miss carrying this book around with me.

I Am Pilgrim is the story of a man deep under cover, fighting to save his country and the world. It’s also the story of a young Saracen, pained by injustice and inhumanity and deeply devoted to his God. It’s the story of a young woman who will do anything to protect her family. And, it’s the story of a young woman who would do anything for love.

There are so many different crimes, worlds and people that come together in this novel to make it one of the most brilliant crimes/thrillers I have read.

None of the characters are empty shells. All of them are relatable in some way and all of them are so different.

This novel takes you deep underground, far across the ocean and into a strange and terrifying, brutal and unforgiving world but never loses its humanity.

If you like Dan Brown, you’ll love Terry Hayes.


  • Thrilling
  • Well paced
  • Excellent characters with well thought out motives and morals

Favourite characters

  • Saracen
  • Leyla Cumali
  • Ben Bradley
  • Pilgrim

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