In the dead of night, new parents Alice and Harry French are plunged into their worst nightmare when they wake to find masked men in their bedroom. Men ruthless enough to threaten their baby daughter, Evie.
This is no burglary gone wrong.
The intruders know who they’re looking for – a man called Edward Renshaw.
And they are prepared to kill to get to him.
When the men leave empty handed, little do Alice and Harry realise that their nightmare is just beginning. Is it a case of mistaken identity? Who is Renshaw? And what is he hiding?
One thing is clear – they already know too much.
As Alice and Harry are separated in the run for their lives, there is no time for breathe in their fight to be reunited. And with their attackers closing in, there is only a choice:
STAY ALIVE. OR DON’T.
This review will be short, but only because I bloody loved it and there’s only so many ways to say I loved it, go read it!
From the opening chapter Tom Bale takes no prisoners in grabbing hold of the reader’s attention and then doesn’t let go until the very last page.
From the very beginning I got swept along in the thrill of the chase. Page-turner is such a cliché way of describing a book but this is exactly what this is! I love it when regular ordinary people get caught up in bad things and you just wonder, what the hell would I do??
I immediately bonded with Alice and Harry and was sympathetic to their extraordinary and horrifying situation. Of course there’s this sense of implausibility but if there wasn’t, then there wouldn’t be a book!
I’m not gonna lie there are some grisly scenes but no worse than what you’d probably see in an episode of CSI but they made me wince all the same and only added to the gravity of the situation.
This book very much reminded me of the Will Smith movie Enemy of the State which is a movie I love too. Both fast paced, gritty and with characters you care about from the outset that get swept along in illegal activities to try and guarantee their survival.
Loved everything about this book and will definitely read more from Tom Bale.
Many thanks to Bookouture for the ARC of this book.
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