Wednesday, 25 May 2016

See How They Run by Tom Bale

See How They Run
By Tom Bale
Published by Bookouture (6 May 2016)

Publisher's description
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:


My verdict
See How They Run is so fast paced that at times I struggled to catch my breath! The constant action reminded me of Claire Seeber's 24 Hours, which is also published by Bookouture.

The book takes an ordinary family and sticks them in a very extraordinary situation to see how they would cope and react. It made me wonder what I would do if something similar happened to me. Imagine waking in the night to discover two strangers in your bedroom - and they threaten not only you, but also your baby. Because they believe you have something of theirs - even though you don't. That's when Alice and Harry's nightmare begins.

The book is basically non-stop rollercoaster action, with plenty of twists and turns and cat and mouse chases.  The plot moves very very quickly (sometimes a bit too quickly for me), making the book an easy read. The storyline isn't believable at all times, but it's certainly entertaining. Adding a baby into the mix enhanced the plot, as Alice's main focus was protecting her daughter, although there were lots of nappy changes involved. I was surprised that Alice took some of the risks in the first place - certainly a brave woman!

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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