We Can See You – Simon Kernick

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About the author

‘I always wanted to be a writer ever since I was old enough to pick up a pen. I started with one page stories that I illustrated myself (badly) and as I gre older, the stories got longer.

I have always been a huge crime fiction and thriller fan and I finally struck gold with The Business of Dying, which was described as ‘the crime debut of the year’ by the Independent – a very nice compliment.

Since then I’ve written a book a year specialising in very fast-paced thrillers set over a short space of time.  My fifth novel, Relentless, was a Richard and Judy summer read and the ninth and tenth, The Last Ten Seconds and The Payback, both reached number 1 in the UK book charts – so they’re good – I promise!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy reading my stories and please feel free to let me know your thoughts.

You can email me at simonkernick@gmail.com, visit my website www.simonkernick.comor like my Facebook page /SimonKernick

Blurb

You have it all.  Success.

A beautiful home.  A happy family.

Your daughter has been taken.  The people who have her will kill her if you involve the police.  You can’t rely on anyone, not even your husband. Because it seems you have enemies too.

But remember, they can see you.  And they know everything about you.  Including secrets you’d hoped were buried in the distant past.

As your nightmare begins, you can be certain of only two things: that you will do anything to get your daughter back alive.  And that time is running out…

My review

I have read a few of Simon Kernick’s novels before so was delighted to be asked to go on his blog tour for ‘We Can See You’.

This is a fast-paced, exciting novel, which brings in various fragments of clever information throughout and they all hang together exceptionally well.

One evening Brook Conner arrives home to find her five-year old daughter, Paige, and her nanny, Rosa, missing.  She calls her husband, Logan, who takes his time getting home.  Conner is successful as an author and life coach.  Logan is struggling to be an actor and makes his living as a tennis coach.  There is a note on the kitchen counter with a cell phone, ‘we have your daughter. We can see you.  Do not call the police.’

Logan finally arrives home and takes control of the cell phone even though Conner is suspicious of what is happening.  We follow her through getting the ransom money and going with Logan to meet the kidnappers.  This is when it all goes wrong and the next thing we read is Conner sitting in a police interview room being grilled for more than one murder including that of her husband.

The previous four days are revealed as Conner tells her side of the story. The two police officers are Tyrone Giant and Jenna King who are a little like chalk and cheese from a personality viewpoint.  Conner has her lawyer with her, Angie Southby, but Conner knows that her friendship has always been to Logan so isn’t clear if she will do her best.

The characters are brilliantly crafted and the plot cunningly put together with those twists, turns and inter-linking lives that found me shocked on more than one occasion.  A must read.

Thanks to NetGalley, Random House UK, Cornerstone and Simon Kernick for the ARC in return for my honest review.

Brilliant Read. Highly Recommended.

 

 

 

 

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