Widower Sean Levitt receives the ominous message in the post a few days after his teenage boys go missing on their way to army cadets. As time progresses, the abductor makes increasingly horrific demands of Sean by sending him DVDs, and telling him to post videos online of the shocking assignments he sets him.
One Must Die is the story of one man’s fight to keep his sons alive, and the terrible lengths he must go to in order to do so.
Can Sean do what the police have failed to do and find his sons?
Or will the abductor achieve his twisted aim of destroying his entire family?
"I have both your sons, Mr Levitt. One of them must die. You choose!"
How can anyone, any parent, even contemplate such a demand, let alone come up with a decision? No one should be put in such a frightful position. Mark Tilbury enjoys digging out the most terrifying situations from deep inside his warped mind and turn them into nail-biting bestsellers.
I have 'enjoyed' all the books I've read by this author, but this one must be up there among his best and darkest to date. As a parent of two kids myself, I'm sure this book will remain with me for a long time. As I was living this daylight nightmare along with Sean Levitt, I constantly asked myself what I would have done if put in Sean's position, and for the life of me I couldn't come up with an answer. To go to the police was not an option for Sean, so what else could he do, other than obey all the abductor's sick requests?
The boys' abductor must be one of the worst villains I've ever come across in the books I've read throughout the years. I hated him with a capital 'H'. He is a sick monster with no empathy for anyone and who has no limits to his creative cruelty. The revolting demands he puts on Sean, with the promise not to kill his sons if executed as he demands, got sicker and sicker with each new DVD that landed on Sean's doorstep.
My heart went out to Sean, for the mental torture he's subjected to, which in some ways is even worst than that suffered by his sons. I was kept on tenterhooks throughout, not knowing what sick demand the abductor would come up with next. By the end of the book I've bit all my nails to the quick. As the story progressed, the suspense increased tenfold and the chance for Sean's sons to ever come out of this in one piece became almost non-existent. I had no clue where the story would go and I kept gnawing my nails till the end.
Well done to Mark Tilbury for another great, dark thriller. He sure knows how to keep his readers awake at night, not only reading but also reliving the nightmares described in his books. At least that's what happened to me. If you love going on dizzying roller-coaster rides, have a good stomach made of steel and don't suffer from high blood pressure then I recommend you read this awesome book. Don't miss it!
Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.
He's always had a keen interest in writing and after being widowed and raising his two daughters, Mark finally took the plunge and began self-publishing. Mark's writing has earned him the name #TwistedTilbury due to the dark and twisted nature of his books. He's published 10 thrillers, and an 11th is due out 24th June 2021
When he's not writing, Mark can be found playing guitar, reading and walking.