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About the Author
Tom Bale is the author of eight books, including the bestsellers SEE HOW THEY RUN and ALL FALL DOWN. He has been writing since the age of seven, and completed his first novel at fifteen. After twenty years and hundreds of rejection slips, his first novel SINS OF THE FATHER was published under his real name, David Harrison. With his next book, SKIN AND BONES, he acquired an agent, a pseudonym and a book deal that enabled him to write full time. He lives in Brighton with his family. Visit his website at www.tombale.net, follow him on Facebook, or on Twitter: @t0mbale (zero instead of "o").--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B01D25LZD0
- Publisher : Bookouture (May 6, 2016)
- Publication date : May 6, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1014 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 452 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #341,088 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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And that is the chapters that alternate between the main characters.
This book is about an ordinary young family thrown in to very extraordinary circumstances. One chapter will be about the husband searching for his wife and child while being wanted for questioning in their disappearance. The next chapter about the wife as she fights to protect herself and her child. Then a chapter here and there about the various people that are helping them or double crossing them.
Because of this, the book moves along very quickly and is full of fast paced action. It's all very refreshing that even though there is plenty of murder and mayhem it is done without being too graphic.
Harry and Alice think that's the end of it because they really don't have the information the two thugs want, but it's only the beginning. Things begin to spiral, they both make some questionable decisions, but nothing too unrealistic. Harry and Alice get separated at one point, and Alice's storyline is a little more intense, if only because she has baby Evie with her. I could relate to her mama bear instincts. It was a fairly accurate picture of a small infant: she mostly sleeps, eats and needs diaper changes, but she doesn't just fade into the background.
Not too much is revealed about the bad guys, and I really didn't care. Harry, Alice and Evie captured my attention from the get go and kept it all the way through.
The suspense is unreal and when the truth is finally revealed, I was completely in shock. There are so many twists and turns, I found myself questioning everyone Harry or Alice came in contact with wondering if they were good, bad, or just plain evil as some of the characters were. At times I did find the story a little confusing. There were so many characters it was hard to keep up. I found myself having to read pages over again just to make sure I understood what was going on.
While I know of many reviewers who gave this book a perfect 5 review, I couldn't bring myself to do it. There are two sexual scenes that were very difficult to read. One of them might be one of the most disturbing scenes I've ever read, and I've read some pretty messed up stuff. For those scenes, I had to knock my review down a star. However, keep in mind, just because they bothered me doesn't mean they will bother everyone. The author's writing was phenomenal and I highly recommend this book.
Two men break into their home and entered their bedroom. Harry and Alice are awakened and asked where Edward Renshaw was. They tell the men that they've never heard of him. The men don't believe them - so they torment them. They pistol-whipped Harry, assault Alice and threatened to kill Evie. Harry and Alice continue to tell these men that they don't know Renshaw. So before they leave, they tell them if they call the police or tell anyone, they will know and will come back and kill Evie, then Alice and finally Harry. Then they leave...
What happens next is a story of finding out who Renshaw is and what he's hiding. Alice and Evie encounter Renshaw and are on the run, for fear of being killed. Meanwhile, Harry encounters Ruth, who knows what happened and tries to help Harry find his family.
There are so many twists and turns! It's a fast-paced, edge of your seat read! It's a story about a husband searching for his family, in the midst of criminals looking for them.
Tom has written a fantastic story! His attention to detail is spot-on! As you read, you can imagine in your mind being there. I am a fan of Tom's books and he didn't disappoint!! I look forward to reading more books from this amazing author!!
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The book opens at a fast heart stopping pace and one that sent shivers down my spine, the pace continues throughout the book, with moments where my heart was in my mouth, brain thinking the author won't go any further with this description only to flick the page and he did. Very descriptive scenes that sent chills down my spine.
How are Alice and Harry French, a couple with a new born baby and a mystery package delivered to the wrong house connected? Whose the mysterious Renshaw that the package is for?
Tom's descriptions of the characters are so good, it made me feel like I knew them personally. They are all described in such detail and for one I loved the way he described Alice, as she was in the early days before meeting Harry, the way she was when they were a couple and how she is now as a mother. A mother that will do anything for her baby!
As the story becomes more fast paced, the descriptions do as well, you are drawn in with every word you read, every page you turn and I for one became fully immersed in the story, especially being a mum to a daughter as well. I could imagine the way they felt when their daughters life was threatened, imagine the lengths I would go to, to ensure she was safe.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by Tom Bale. I even have another one on my kindle ready to read soon. An excellent book and an author whose work I will be following a lot more closely, along with his publishers Bookouture who have some other fantastic authors whose work I cannot wait to read.
Oh yeah and one more word of advice and one I'll repeat from above DON'T start this book at bedtime!
The story really shines a light on ordinary people being dragged into something out of their control and completely opposite to their normal, safe existence. As the story unfolds, it gets you questioning neighbours, twitching curtains and considering how this other, criminal world exists in parallel with normality. The characters are so well written and developed, and I loved the fact they are new parents as it adds such a chilling vulnerability to their story of survival. I am also a Brighton resident and suddenly started thinking of my city as somewhere totally different and potentially very scary!