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Matt Westbrook only turned his back for a moment. But when he looks around, his car – with his three young children inside – has vanished.
Panicked, Matt assumes a car thief has got more than he bargained for, but then he starts to receive text messages: This is a kidnap. If you want to see your children again, you will exchange them for your wife.
Matt and his wife Annabelle are horrified. They can’t involve the police, or their children will be killed. Which means they have to choose: Annabelle, or their children. Either option is unthinkable. But one is inevitable. And they have only hours to make their decision…
The gripping new thriller you won’t be able to put down!
The novel opens right at the point of action so make sure you’re strapped in from the start because there’s no long introductions here. The opening chapters preys on every parents’ worst nightmare. You pop in the shop – leave them in the car where you think the biggest worry is them not killing each other then in return find the car and the kids gone. This is exactly what happens to Matt and if this isn’t terrifying enough – he then receives a ransom demand promising his children will be returned unharmed in exchange for ……his wife.
The whole concept of this novel was thought provoking and I found myself constantly imagining how I would react in this situation. I really felt for Matt and Annabelle throughout as it was such an impossible situation. The tension created by Alex Lake through fast paced writing and constant action meant that I raced through from start to finish and couldn’t put it down.
Told through Matt, Annabelle and the kidnapper’s eyes, we see the persepctives of all involved. Adding in short but terrifying chapters from the perpertrator really provided a fear factor. Their voice was cold and calculating which made me more terrified for the children. Events are recalled from 2004 when Matt and Annabelle were at university and I found myself drawing conclusions and assumptions about who the kidnapper is and thier motive. I love how things about the past were revealed slowly which added some mystery to the thrill.
A fast-paced thriller with a thought provoking and terrifying premise. Very enjoyable.
Author Bio – Alex Lake
Alex Lake is a British novelist who was born in the North West of England. After Anna, the author’s first novel written under this pseudonym, was a No.1 bestselling ebook sensation and a top-ten Sunday Times bestseller. The author now lives in the North East of the US.