Review of Tom Bale’s See How They Run

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What would you do if you woke to find two masked men in your bedroom, intending to coerce information from you that you didn’t have. And yet if you didn’t give it up, they would harm your eight week old daughter?

That’s the dilemma facing Harry and Alice French.

When the masked men eventually leave, Harry and Alice are traumatised and so terrified of promised reprisals, they make the decision not to call the police, but to try to get on with their lives.

However, Alice makes a rash decision which sets them both on a path that ultimately has consequences for all. Separated and running for their lives, Harry and Alice are forced into making decisions and acting in a way that is completely alien to them in a bid to save their family.

Throughout this book, I found myself asking the same question over and over. What would I do? Put in the same situation as Alice and Harry, would I follow the path they did, or choose a different one. And if I did, what would the outcome have been? Favourable or unfavourable?

I found myself questioning who to trust, and my mind was changed several times during reading the book, and that is one of the most difficult things to realise – if you trust the wrong person, that decision may ultimately be your downfall.

And it’s then I know I’ve been suckered in by a wonderfully crafted, fast-paced and downright terrifying novel that deals with seemingly impossible choices that ordinary folk, thrown into the most awful of circumstances, are forced to make.

If you like fast-paced thrillers that keep you turning the page and constantly asking yourself questions, then this book is for you.

This is the first novel I’ve read of Tom’s – it won’t be the last.

A grippingly awesome Five Stars




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