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The Vault [Kindle Edition]

Huw Thomas
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Book Description

From award-winning British novelist Huw Thomas, a story of hidden secrets, childhood drama and murder...


Adam Strong has two main problems in life: how to escape a gang of yobs who are out for his blood and how to get the new girl at school to notice that he exists.

But the ancient woods next to Compton Fosse contain more dangers than just the risk of a beating from the town's teenage psycho. Hidden in Hobthrush Wood is the key to a mystery that weaves four disparate stories into a single web.

* The mansion: A gang of professional robbers mount a night raid on the secluded country home of a reclusive billionaire.

* The dead: Three decaying bodies, wrapped in plastic and chains, are found lying at the bottom of an ornamental lake.

* The convict: A sex offender is released from prison but breaks his parole and goes on the run after giving into temptation once again.

* The friends: Two boys stumble across an eerie secret...


The Vault is being published on Kindle in aid of the disaster relief charity ShelterBox, which provides emergency shelter and vital aid for families who have lost their home as a result of earthquakes, floods, volcanoes etc.

Half of all royalties from sales of the Kindle edition of this book will go to the charity to help its work around the world - see for more information.

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About the Author

Huw Thomas is an award-winning UK writer and the author of four novels and a collection of short stories. A former journalist, he has also worked as a gardener and English teacher.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2093 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0957584105
  • Publisher: Engine House Press (December 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IVM32W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,368 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down April 11, 2012
By Kmoo
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Loved this story!! The characters are completely real, and you feel you could meet them in your street. Adam is torn between several allegiances and struggles with issues so many kids have. But the real treat in this book is the compelling way it begins and carries on....we are introduced to several different plots which seem unrelated...but you know they MUST be related....but HOW??? So it is un-put-down-able until the plots begin to be connected and then it is too late; you can't put it down until you see how it is resolved. The finale is perfect, our hero remains true to his character. He is afraid, he tries to escape, but his humanity and curiosity win out. Totally satisfying!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting, layered story October 9, 2012
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The Vault by Huw Thomas

"The Vault," is a unique, layered read. There are multiple story lines going on in this book at the same time, which makes it different than your average read. While there are moments of suspense, mystery and intrigue, there is also an emotional and human element to this book that makes it special.
The story of Adam and his adventures in the Hobthrush Woods was by far my favorite part of this book. As you get to know this character, he brings back memories of our own childhood fears and delights and draws the reader into the book more fully. I found it was easy to identify with the younger characters in this book and thought Mr. Thomas did and exemplary job of portraying what a child goes through when they are being bullied by other kids.
While I liked that there were multiple story-lines in this book, I found that some were integral to the plot of the story and some were not. I felt the author handled the scene changes well and kept my attention. There were times when I turned pages hoping to get back to Adam and his story, but the feeling that I missed that character while reading other sections of the book kept me wondering, and kept me going even through the lesser story-lines.
I liked that there was an element of humor in this book; particularly during the crime investigations. The ability to transform a dreary subject into one you can laugh about is a plus in my opinion, especially when you are dealing with dark subject matter. A good laugh never hurts.
I thought the ending of the book was handled nicely with all of the loose ends being tied up, yet leaving the reader with some spots to be filled in by one's own imaginings. The author left just enough to the imagination to make it worth the read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A flawed gem? September 29, 2012
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After rather a slow start - caused partly by the need to set the scene for several different plot lines - this novel really got into its stride about a third of the way through and I found myself keen to read on and find out what happened next. I was in two minds about the amount of description at first, but once I realised there was no way of making sense of the action without knowing more about the layout of the woods and the house, I was glad I had paid attention!
The story about Adam and his struggles at school, in the family and outside, was by far the most interesting thread in the plot, and in some ways this on its own would have made an excellent young adult novel, although it might be worth reconsidering the ages of some of the kids. Certainly I liked the way this part of the novel was rounded off, without further explanation. I am still not entirely sure why the writer included the 'Lester' plot at all and I feel it could have been cut out altogether without detriment to the novel.
The other thing I am not clear about - but this may be because I hadn't followed something properly - was the final chapter. I couldn't understand what the characters were talking about, and it ended quite abruptly before I had time to work it out.
Although there are some flaws in this novel, for most of its length it is an absorbing read, and although the different plot and time lines could potentially be confusing, I found I could follow it once I got used to them. I usually enjoy having to work things out as I go along, as long as there is some sort of internal logic to them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Complicated and intriguing September 19, 2012
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The Vault is a complicated and intricate story, there are three main threads bound together by location. Adam is an endearing young man who has a difficult home life but finds peace in the woods. The billionaire recluse Clay would seem to have no connection to the boy and the discovery of bodies in an ornamental pond with the subsequent involvement of Police Sergeant Claire Mallory is yet another strand in the tapestry. However as the story unwinds the threads cross and recross just like the streamlets from the little river rippling through Adam's refuge and though at times the ribbons seem to be almost unrelated they turn and return until finally all is resolved. The writer has created believable characters who are well rounded and has peopled the narrative with a cast of junior members who bring real life to the book.

In addition to the main story of crime and murder, there is teenage angst, first love, bullying, a dark and menacing side with a character preying on children. There is a broken marriage and even some little hint of racial prejudice. On the face of it that would seem to be too much for one book to hold but Huw Thomas skilfully packs all these into an enjoyable, thrilling and enthralling read that is at times unputtdownable. I would have loved to give this book five stars but it is let down slightly by editing and proof reading glitches which is a shame. Nonetheless I enjoyed it and would recommend it.
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More About the Author

Writer, traveller, cyclist and gardener: I've always been a dreamer - I wrote my first 'book' while at primary school and making up stories has long been one of my favourite occupations.

I was born in Southampton, England, in 1965 and grew up in a small market town called Romsey.

Over the years that followed I worked as a journalist, PR consultant, gardener and, most recently, teaching English in Portugal.

My latest novel - Pagan's Sphinx - came out on 1st December 2012. This one's published under the pen name William Webster as it's a bit different from my other books. 'Pagan's Sphinx' is an adventure story about an archaeological expedition hunting for a lost statue that may provide a link to the lost civilisation of Atlantis.

My first novel - The Tale Of Findo Gask - was published in 2006 after winning the national final of a UK competition to discover new authors. I've also written several other books and published a collection of short stories.

'The Vault' is published in aid of the disaster relief charity ShelterBox (I've been involved with this charity for a few years - I was previously in charge of PR & Fundraising at its UK HQ and in 2010-11 my wife and I undertook a 10,000-mile tandem bike ride in aid of ShelterBox!)

Please visit my blog - at - for more information about me and my books, as well as some of my thoughts on being a writer and the creative process. You can also find me on Facebook - look for 'Huw Thomas author'.

I'm always happy to hear from readers - contact me via the blog or Facebook.

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