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Summary

We've got your daughter.

It's evening, you're back late from work - and the house is in darkness.  

You step inside, and the phone rings. You answer it - and your world is turned upside down. Your 14-year-old daughter's been taken and her kidnappers demand half a million pounds in cash. They give you 48 hours to raise the money. If you call the police, she will die. 

As the nightmare unravels, you can be certain of only two things: that you will do anything to get your daughter back alive - and that time is running out....

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©2008 Simon Kernick (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd

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"So authentic that it completely takes your breath away." (Mirror)

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A good yarn

Simon Kernick is a writer I wanted to return to having thoroughly enjoyed his earlier thrillers and he does not disappoint with Deadline. It's a pacy, exciting story populated with interesting characters and some surprising twists. The narrator kept up a consitently menacing tone and, although his attempt at female voices were a bit Pythonesque, it kept my interest until the last word. Highly recommended!

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Tight pacy thriller

Simon Kernick does the same thing with all his books from what I can see. They are tightly plotted, with cartoonish baddies and protagonists who are not especially sympathetic either. The narration is top notch and the books never let go until the end. This was one of the best Kernick books so far.

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Gripping and tense but some times hard to believe

First book I have tried from this author and I really did enjoy it. I found it addictive and wanted to get a resolution. I did feel some scenes just fell a little flat and so lost the true gritty sense it needed.
I did struggle with the storyline a bit I kept thinking that the main character could have saved a whole lot of grief by acting in a less sensational way. OK I just accepted it was a novel and not real then I enjoyed it.
If you like a bit of tension and evil then this is a good light read.
I will try more from Simon

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Not his best

This book contains all the suspense, fast-pace and excitment of his other books but unfortunately all the implausibilty too. It's OK but I found it a bit simple and not particularly gripping. It's a bit like Eastenders, if there's nothing on then a bit of brainless and unchallenging entertaintment fills the gap! Didn't think it was very well read which I found frustrating.

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Pacy story that keeps you listening

While not quite as good as the author's book, Relentless, this is nevertheless a pacy thriller that certainly kept me listening. The story depends on a fair number of coincidences but the tension is maintained throughout and the twists and turns keep the surprises going until the end. The narrator is good. Maybe because I'm s non-smoker but I do wish that Kernick didn't glamorizes smoking so much in his books.

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Psychological Thriller with twists

A fantastic story full of twists and unexpected twists. Well read by Paul Thornley and very well written by Simon Kernick.

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Another good London based Crime Story

Loved it....and the story line....with places that you can relate to. makes it all the more real

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Very Entertaining

A great listen. This narrator really brings the story to life. I enjoyed every chapter and listened to the whole book in one go.
Well worth adding to any library of suspense, thrillers. I've added it to mine, so I can re-listen again and again.

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Gripping thriller, enjoyable narration

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There was less action than I had anticipated when it built up to the climax.
But other than that, the story was well constructed and characters had a good amount of depth.

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The narrator was very versatile and manage to pull off a good performance with all the characters.

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This is really a good book !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is really a good book and i recommend this book to everyone and this Audiobook is worth buying

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  • 08-02-12

A normal average husband then......

Which character – as performed by Paul Thornley – was your favorite?

For me Paul Thornley is one of the best narrators the is..

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An excellant story line which takes an normal, average husband into his worst nightmare.
He faces loosing everything he has unless he changes his outlook on life. Time to become James Bond..