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Publisher's Summary

An incredible new psychological crime thriller from the top ten Sunday Times best-selling author.

A kidnap....

Matt Westbrook only turned his back for a moment. But when he looks around, his car - with his three young children inside - has vanished. 

A ransom....

Panicked, Matt assumes a car thief has got more than he bargained for, but then he starts to receive text messages: This is a kidnap. If you want to see your children again, you will exchange them for your wife.

A choice....

Matt and his wife Annabelle are horrified. They can’t involve the police, or their children will be killed. Which means they have to choose: Annabelle, or their children. Either option is unthinkable. But one is inevitable. And they have only hours to make their decision....

©2020 Alex Lake (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Relentlessly fast paced, a compelling plot and anxiety inducing finale. A cracking read." (John Marrs, best-selling author of The One)

"Opens with a nightmare scenario and races to a gripping, horribly tense ending – I think I actually stopped breathing several times. Loved it!" (Jackie Kabler, author of The Perfect Couple)

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  • I'm all ears
  • 08-31-20

Best Book I have listened to for a while

I am always ending up disappointed by the books I choose and end up having to return them. But I really enjoyed this one. Great storyline and characters and I liked the way it went back into the characters pasts without being confusing. Easy to follow, characters easy to identify. I do agree with another review I read which referred to the narrator saying 'he said, she said' after every sentence even though it was easy enough to know who had said what, but I did my best to ignore it, even though at times once you heard it, it was hard to ignore and it seemed thats all I could hear, but I didn't want to let it ruin the story, so I didnt.

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  • Pam
  • 11-17-20

Promising start with a very weak story

Sorry but I was looking forward to listening to this book- the opening for me hooked in. But as the book progresses the story line is unbelievable and the police in particular are simply awful!

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  • indigotoast
  • 10-27-20

Good read

It plodded along in bits but was an odd enough story to keep me captivated. Lots of exciting incidents throughout. Highly readable

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  • 09-23-20

Simple

A very easy and simple read. At times it feels this writer is a complete beginner with a very basic grasp of novel writing. Simple story line with nothing special. Would try another one for comparison.

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  • 08-21-20

Good story but...

The overuse of " he said she said " when it was obvious who was speaking drove me insane ... once you hear it you can't unhear it almost gave up the book.