How far would you go to save your family?
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 to breathe in their fight to be reunited. And with their attackers closing in, there is only one choice:
STAY ALIVE. OR DON’T.
From the positive comments I'd read about this book, I knew it was good... but not THIS good! WOW!! As from the first terrifying chapter Tom Bale took me on a hair-raising, heart-pumping ride at breakneck speed. I couldn't read it fast enough, however I WAS forced and NEEDED to take short regular breaks from all the tension.
What would you do if one night you woke up to find armed intruders in your bedroom? Threatening you and your family?
Home is supposed to be a shelter from all sorts of storms. However it is actually at home where Harry and Alice French and their baby daughter Evie find themselves in the eye of a huge storm. A storm that has nothing to do with the weather.
One night, the family is assaulted by two violent intruders. They are searching for a man called Edward Renshaw. When Harry tells them they do not know anyone that goes by that name, the thugs are not convinced but they reluctantly leave their house, however not before issuing a final threat:
"We will be watching you."
Harry and Alice want to put the whole ordeal behind them, hoping it's just one big misunderstanding, however they soon realise that the worst of their nightmare hasn't even begun. From then on they find themselves always on tenterhooks, watching behind their backs and distrustful of all humans, before finally having to actually RUN for their lives. This book is aptly titled 'See How They Run' and oh how they run!
"You are part of this now. You cannot walk away."
Who are these people? Who is Edward Renshaw? Why did Harry and his family find themselves in the cross hairs of these dangerous persons?
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is an all-rounder with excellent writing, a clever, well thought-out plot full of twists and turns, great, believable characters and realistic dialogue. I found myself biting my nails on many occasions as the tension remains high throughout. My heart went out to Harry, Alice and little Evie. I wished I could somehow help them and I couldn't even imagine being in their same frightening situation. I loathed the time I had to spend away from the book as I desperately wanted to know whether or not the family (especially baby Evie) would come out of the whole ordeal in one piece.
I highly recommend this book to anyone loving a good, tension-packed thriller. Well done Tom Bale and don't you ever think of 'packing it in and do something else'. You have a great talent and I want to read more of your books.
With thanks to Bookouture for sending me a copy of this fab book to read and review.
Tom Bale has had a variety of jobs including retail assistant, claims negotiator and project manager, but none was as exhausting as the several years he spent as a househusband with two pre-school children. Tom 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").