You tried to save a life. Now you're fighting to save your own.
It should have been an idyllic day for the Turner family - until a dying man, beaten beyond all recognition, arrives at their home, uttering the words 'help me'.
Rob and Wendy Turner and their children try to explain away the horrific scene as being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but in the days that follow, their lives are threatened in ways they could never imagine.
The family is unaware that they are being watched by someone with their own terrifying agenda, who will stop at nothing to fulfil their own twisted desires. But when hidden secrets come rushing to the surface, it's clear not everything is as it seems in this happy family. Are the Turners victims of circumstance - or does the key to their fate lie closer to home?
Forced to fight for everything they hold dear, can they save themselves before time runs out - or will their act of compassion see them paying the ultimate price?
A heart-stopping, shocking and tense thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last minute.
©2016 Tom Bale (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
"Tom Bale is one of the best British thriller writers around." (Simon Kernick)
Listened to a couple of hours of this and enjoyed the story so far, but absolutely couldn't stand the narrator. He made the female voices sound like a parody of a transvestite and the intonation of all of his characters seemed all wrong. Returned the audiobook but I will get it in paperback to finish.
loved the book, it kept me on the edge of my seat most of the way through, not for the faint hearted. can be a little graphically in places, but not over the top. would recommend 100%, good thriller.
It starts off as a good little thriller and seemed like it would be good.
However, I turned it off half way through. It becomes sick and disturbing and frankly stupid. I would avoid this author in future.
I will be 70 in a week. I am a widow, with three children, and four grandchildren. I like books with a bit of punch. Can't read romance.
I found this novel somewhat overlong. Tom Bales novels are invariable good, but I am afraid this was a let down.
Brilliant story, brilliant narrator, kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end .. the narrator was excellent & made you feel as though you were actually in there with all that was going on.....
I certainly didn't expect the ending it had - have I said it was brilliant ;) It WAS !!!!
It was a bit convoluted an unbelievable. Usual stupid people doing stupid things they grow to regret later on in the story.
I am a fan of Peter May whose atmospheric stories mean the housework etc. has to wait, but they stay with me long after they're finished..
Enjoyed it and was surprised at the constant turn of events.
I did wonder how Georgia got away so quickly when her feet were tied together!
Where on earth do I start with this shambles of a book?
The story is trying to desperately to explore the gritty workings of an interesting theme but hasn't put any work into the foundations. There's no explanation as to why the characters act the way they do, how the big baddie managed to get to the place of power he's in at the time of the book and offers only exaggerated, unbelievable acts of violence with all the subtlety of a brick. It screams of a 14 year old emo kid who wants to prove how 'edgy' he is by writing trash fantasies about 'punishing his family'. It didn't even make sense half the time. There were a lot of needless loose ends and pointless bits of information... Even more shamefully, the very first chapter pushes some details into the reader's face that would have been far more effective as subtle hints later on in the story.
The writing itself is teeming with cliches, tactless descriptions and uninteresting characters. At 9 hours into the book, I could barely remember the names of the characters and had an even harder time trying to sympathise any of them. The main character's only defining feature is his short temper... that's it. Joe Bloggs the Angry Man and his Meek Wife want a holiday with their Generic Teenage Daughter and Twins with Vaguely Opposing Personalities. Don't get me started on the antagonist. If you're going down the route that this book takes, if you're going to write about the kind of social dynamics explored in this novel, then you HAVE to give some background as to how this all came about. Oh, sure, there's a ham-fisted chapter detailing his childhood but it's about as emotionally stirring as a bowl of porridge.
Finally, the narration is just awful. The tone of his voice often contradicts the sentences spoken by the characters, his attempts at female voices all sound like a middle aged man's audition tapes for the role of Annie and there were times when I couldn't tell whether a dialogue was happening or whether the protagonist was just talking to himself (due, in no small part, to the narrator's One Size Fits All voice acting). I understand that voice acting isn't necessarily an easy skill... but if you aren't confident doing a feminine voice, just don't do it.
All in all, this book was unimaginative, unorganised and didn't even have enough emotional impact to be considered insensitive or offensive. It was just a waste of 10 hours.
I honestly feel the need to return to well-written cult crime thrillers. Maybe Silence of the Lambs or NOS4R2
Hm... The theme was interesting but unexplored. In the hands of a more attentive author, it could have been far more interesting.
I'm a fan to trashy novels, but this didn't even qualify for that category. Just pointless.
This story feels somewhat contrived, but bumps along at a fair pace. The narrator was somewhat annoying because, according to him, one of the main protagonists was called "Windy* and it jarred my ficus every time he said it.
"Stellar psychological thriller!!#"
This book was Stellar, It's fast paced, with a healthy dose of suspense, Action and Adventure..
I always enjoy when the victim is someone you love to hate. pick the villain and it fits. I enjoy this type of psychological thriller because everyone's a suspect and you don't just guess the answer right away.
I look forward to more by this author ..
"I wanted better..."
I will not be recommending this book to anyone. I was actually giving out 4 stars for a while and wondering if I was just crazy in love with the genre. Upon getting to another book before this and now this one, nope, those were just very well written. I expected more from Bale. Plots are layered upon each other only to be quickly done away with. The pacing is a rollercoaster ride, with the end taking no turns, but merely chugging along at a snail's pace. The final 30 minutes seemed contrived for added action, and the hour leading up to that was painful. A decent story if you are between intense thrillers, but don't want to switch genres. I haven't given up on the author though. I'll try one more, but I wasn't largely impressed. This wasn't terrible, but there are better.
"start so well"
Nice slow start, except for the dying man. I enjoyed the building of the plot but lost interest during a protract ed sequence of violence. I finally skepped all that... the book ended up being pretty good.
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