What’s it about?
You tried to save a life. Now you’re fighting to save your own.
It’s the perfect Sunday. Summer sunshine, a barbecue with the kids. But a knock on the garden gate and two words, ‘HELP ME’, changes everything.
When loving parents Rob and Wendy Turner let a dying man into their home, and do their best to help him, they think pure chance led him to their house. But soon their lives are threatened in ways they could never have imagined … and then the first anonymous letter arrives, forcing them to question all they know.
Someone is watching.
Someone is waiting.
They will stop at nothing.
Rob and Wendy will do anything to keep their family safe, but their children Georgia, Josh and Evan are teenagers now, with their own hidden lives.
After reading and marveling at Tom Bale’s previously published novel ‘See How They Run’ I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a new story. Mr. Bale proves himself again an excellent writer and this novel sure has some twisted minds and frightful moments of terror again.
In this story there’s another family at the base with Rob and Wendy Turner and their already grown-up children, twins Evan and Josh and Georgia. It’s a hot day and the Turners are having a barbie. Their family-moment is disturbed quite abruptly when a man comes knocking at their fence and falls at their feet with life-threatening wounds. Was it because of the music playing, their presence at home obvious, that they were sought out by this man or for a specific reason? Both Rob and Wendy take wild guesses and try to find some answers in the subsequent days. It’s what anyone would do right, and it seems there are some secrets and dark clouds of their past still hanging over them.
While the police are investigating what’s happened, a whole other story starts to unfold. Someone is giving instructions to others to commit crimes, and with every returning chapter, the tension and crimes are ramping up. All the while Rob and his family are oblivious but I could feel the danger already and was very worried about their probable encounter with these members of the Brood. The intermittent scenes were more than a little worrisome, going only crescendo in violence and knowing that it’s only a matter of time before their paths will most definitely cross.
We get to know each member of the family very well and they all play a big role in the story. Of course I liked Georgia best, not only because she’s suffering in the way her so-called school friends treat her, but also because of her optimism and resourcefulness, her Lara Croft-vibe. Seriously, what’s not to like about that? A strong hero or heroine is what we all want. They all try to be strong and heroic in this story but it’s Georgia – lovingly called the squirt by her brothers – who sticks out head and shoulders above the rest. Georgia also takes part in one of the most heart pounding scenes for me. It’s nail-biting and ‘hold your breath’ worthy, I promise you.
Tom Bale is the greatest when he describes horrific scenes. He keeps the suspense high and the thought of finding a way out of this mess almost impossible. When one particular event surprises both the family and the members of the Brood, the Brood is obliged to re-evaluate the whole situation and their actions. It is the entry for change in their scenario and perhaps the family’s only opportunity to turn things in their advantage. Get ready to hold your breath again ;-).
The man has an unbridled sense of imagination and produces amazing twists like rabbits out of a hat but when I finished the novel I felt the plotline was maybe a little easy and thin. I like plotlines to be deep, complicated and meaningful. So I thought the background of the Brood was a little farfetched. That was until I read his epilogue that is. It seems his idea for the novel came from a real story and there really are people out there that are just as crazy. I’d think twice then before opening your door for wounded strangers ;-).
Overall this was a very enjoyable, gripping and suspenseful novel and I look foward to his next one!
I received a free e-copy of this book from Bookouture through Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.