Friday, 6 May 2016

Book Review - See How They Run by Tom Bale

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Title: See How They Run
Author: Tom Bale
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Publisher supplied review copy
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 6th May 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

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 for breathe in their fight to be reunited. And with their attackers closing in, there is only a choice: 


Terrifying, unputdownable and full of twists and turns, this stunning thriller will have you on the edge of your seat right to the very last page. 

Word of advice don't read the start of this book before you go to bed, and expect to have a great nights sleep. I made that mistake and found my dreams were troubled by the opening scenes of this book, and I suspect they will continue to affect me for some time. 

It must be everyone's nightmare to wake up in the middle of the night to find strangers staring down at you as you sleep, who are willing to threaten your 8 week old child, and are looking for someone who you have never heard of, but that they believe live in your house. And if you tell the police that these men were there, or if the person they are looking for says you did know him, that they will come back and kill you all. 

Well this is exactly the nightmare that Harry, Alice and baby Alice wake up to one night, and from then on their lives become a living hell. After a couple of poor decisions, they both end up on the run, separately all chasing down a common enemy, and its a few days of high action where they have no idea who to trust, who will end up alive, or if they will ever go back to their normal life. 

See How They Run is compulsive high adrenalin reading at its best, as you encounter all manor of unsavoury characters. One or two have half way decent motivation but on the whole greed drives a lot of people, and that is very apparent in this book. 

What gives this whole story a more humane feel to it, and slightly more palatable to the reader is that Evie is involved, and dealing with various situations with an infant who is still being naturally fed makes you really see people's true feelings. Evie is the most innocent party in all of this and she has a pretty good personality for a baby, and there were some moments of complete tenderness between parent and baby that made me smile in amongst all the chaos. 

See How They Run felt quite different to other thrillers I have read recently, in that its people fearing for their lives instead of watching a serial killer at work. There is very little police presence at all in the book, and its all about regular people (well and some criminal masterminds of course). 

I really can't say too much about the story, but I can fully understand that this could be quite rightly a hyped up release, as the book is that good. I loved the writing style and am amazed that I hadn't heard of the author before he was signed to Bookouture. Can't wait to see what other books he will release with them in the future. 

Thank you to Keshini Naidoo at  Bookouture for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

Happy publication day to Tom Bale. See How They Run is out now. 

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