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)
"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.
"Couldn't stand the narrator"
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.
"fantastic, kept me on the edge of my seat"
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.
"Brighton is the place to be."
I found this novel somewhat overlong. Tom Bales novels are invariable good, but I am afraid this was a let down.
"Barely believable dull story"
I couldn't wait for this book to end, so I just stopped listening to it with 40 mins to go. I think that says it all really.
"MIND BLOWINGLY SUPERB !"
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 ok, but not stunning"
It was a bit convoluted an unbelievable. Usual stupid people doing stupid things they grow to regret later on in the story.
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!
"Not for me."
Got half way then quit. Slow and very sadistic and too long. Weirder than most.
"Sins of the Fathers"
To modify a well worn cliche to fit, it's a good listen! As evidence, I can only say that I listened to the book over a period of two weeks, every time I went to the gym to go through my routine. I got to the stage where I was actually looking forward to inflicting the torture on my body so that I could move on with the story line and I have to say that the time exercising, when I normally count the minutes to exhaustion, passed in a flash. Apart from the aspect which I deal with below, the damage that parents can wreak on their children and the soul searching that the older generation do to compensate or not, comes through loud and clear and is well done.
It is difficult and probably unfair to compare one book with another directly. I read and listen to many novels in the crime and thriller genre, both for enjoyment and training, and I consider that each should be judged on its merits. I would stratify it as in the top half of my contemporary universe of novels on the same shelf as Greg Iles and P J Tracy
No. This is the first one I have heard. I thought it was particularly well read and accented as he moved through the character changes. I would not like my overall impression of a first class narrator to be sullied by the fact that I found that some of the female characterisations grated on me.
Without giving the game away, a large part of the book is devoted to the relationship and development of the story between captors and captives. There were two aspects which moved me in a negative sense. I could not really get my head around the cigarette baron's reasoning for chasing after his prey so avidly, nor the Manson morality to explain that what the group was doing could in some way be preparation for a financial armageddon. I think I would have tried to develop the plot to achieve the same ends with slightly more credibility.On the positive side, I particularly enjoyed and felt the author had a real empathy for the relationship between Georgia and her school friends, the bitchiness and the psychological bullying that must go on every day in the real world.
It is easy to sound over critical and I don't mean to. I enjoyed the book; I thought the characters were well drawn, their backgrounds and moods intelligently presented and I can only thank Tom Bale for his ability to make the pain of the press-ups go away. Thank you, Tom.
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