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Publisher's Summary

One secret could destroy a family.
One lie could save them.

The brilliant prequel to The Boy Who Saw, a gripping thriller from Sunday Times best seller Simon Toyne, featuring the enigmatic Solomon Creed.

A stranger
Solomon Creed is an outsider with an unknown past, travelling through a remote part of Texas. He doesn’t look for trouble - but trouble finds him.

A family
At a roadside diner, he runs into a worn-down family whose ancestral land and home is about to be auctioned. But when Solomon suspects it’s worth a lot more than they think, he decides to take things into his own hands.

A secret
As Solomon races to find hard evidence of the land’s true value, he uncovers a dark truth - hidden for generations - that changes everything. But how far is he willing to go to save a family from potential ruin? And how far will others go to stop him?

©2018 Simon Toyne (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

Praise for The Boy Who Saw: "Wow, what a book. I thought it was powerful and innovative, a riveting blend of action and quest that takes the thriller into territory where thrillers rarely venture." (Andrew Taylor, best-selling author of The American Boy and The Ashes of London)

"Tense, nail-biting and exciting. The Boy Who Saw is a heart-in-the-mouth race against time thriller and I couldn't put it down. Solomon Creed is one hell of a hero and Simon Toyne is one hell of a writer." (C L Taylor)

"Tense, intriguing, mysterious...everything you could want in a thriller. Toyne has done it again." (Paul Finch, best-selling author of Strangers)

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  • Kd
  • CLINTON, MS, United States
  • 05-14-18

Simply good

This is bit of a paranormal tale, so you won't enjoy it unless you understand that. Solomon has extra sensory skills, so you have to believe that to enjoy the tale. Once you do that, enjoyment comes really easy. There's no physical violence just ugliness so common in our world. There's no extreme language, f-bombs or extreme acts. It's just a good story without any embellishment beyond Solomon's special senses. I don't have a problem with that sort of language, but I know some people do so…. People aren't described explicitly in great physical detail, so you're left to envision much of the stories happenings on your own. But you're given all you need to do that is less explicit means. That's part of the writing talent of this simple novel. And I don't mean simple in that it's lacking. I mean simple in the sense of no extraneous stuff and yet being everything that it needs to be.
The only bad thing is that this story left me wishing for people like him, with such consideration and unselfishness, actually existed in greater numbers and had more control and power in our society and world. Until that day, I'll look for more of his stories so that I can get lost in them. I look forward to being there as his journey unfolds.