See How They Run – Tom Bale

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 to breathe in their fight to be reunited. And with their attackers closing in, there is only one choice: 
 
STAY ALIVE. OR DON’T.

 

I admit I’m not one for reading a hyped up super brand spanking new release immediately, rather preferring to wait until the flurry of activity has died down somewhat. Simply for a couple of reasons. Firstly and not only does this it revives the hype generating more interest encouraging the boost of sales. Secondly it give the author the opportunity to take stock and really appreciate the review and absorb the content. Not that I am saying authors are not appreciative, just when you have hundreds of reviews to read and share in one short published week how much of those do they actually digest and remember for that one amazing sentence that sums up their whole novel?

So, with that in mind, I waited a while to read See How They Run by Tom Bale which I agree was very worth waiting for.

this was my 66th book this year with not all books being as memorable as others, however, by chapter three of this book I was in floods of tears, holding my breath and realising this as instantly a memorable read.

See how they run played and pulled at every parent’s heart strings, fiercely. We are introduced to Harry and Alice, who are ordinary everyday people along with Evie, their very delicate newborn of 8 weeks daughter. The scenario they find themselves in is outlandish and beyond understanding and with each step of the way Bale visually allows us to witness this horrific tale with his descriptive writing style full of emotion and reality of how these new parents are feeling and reeling from such events.

I read often, this was my 66th book this year with not all books being as memorable as others, especially if the one before was outstanding. However, by chapter three of this book I was in floods of tears, holding my breath and shaking on the inside………a memorable book instantly.

Bale takes us on a journey we will no doubt never want to find ourselves in. The French family are locked into something against their will, trapped into secrecy and fearing for their lives. The writing is gripping, heartbreaking and realistic as we watch horrified as the journey unfolds and progresses.

With an array of very well developed characters, some you may dislike or not trust, others you misunderstand and those you really connect with. An explosive plot line with a fast furious speed and excellent writing skills this book is a certain for your bookshelf or kindle.

If I was to watch this on screen, I propose Colin Firth as Harry, I have no idea why but that is who I envisaged throughout. Edward Renshaw reminded me of Inspector Columbo…and I have no explanation for this at all. It would make an excellent movie.

I can’t wait to read the next instalment by Tom Bale.
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