One momentary lapse of intelligent decision leads to uncovering of deception and lies…
This 69 chapter book starts with Jennifer Cornish, a single mother, doing an utterly stupid thing. She picks up her neighbour, Alex Wilson’s keys, as he rushes out in a hurry, and instead of giving it to the police, decides to write a note for him and stick it, onto the door. Unfortunately, with no pen in hand and in a hurry to do a good deed, she uses the keys and trespasses into his home to find paper and pen…
This starts the ball rolling with false charges of home vandalism and arrest, her stay in prison, then release on bail. Instead of cowering, she decides to fight back and investigate into these charges. There are many characters she comes across, each one worse than the other, pervert neighbour Russell Pearce ( too slimy ), her boss Nick ( too moody ), neighbour Alex Wilson ( too cunning ), her soon to be ex- husband Freddie ( too weak, no back bone, no guts ), her father-in-law ( too dominating, too aggressive, doesn’t value anyone), and other vague, thinly etched characters like Sam, Dean.
She discovers conspiracy and deceit. Someone seems to be out to get her, to totally destroy her. She seems naive in some instances like justifying entering into neighbour’s home, and clever in some, discovering the actual conspiracy. She is supposed to be a tour guide, scaling mountains, before marriage but yet, has so many doubts about herself. She even wonders if she has had episodes of blackouts and destroyed her neighbour’s figurines in such an episode. But she is strong, in not wanting to take things lying down, she believes in getting to the bottom of the charges. I especially liked the fact that she does not give in to blackmail inspite of the threat of arrest. Only her love for her son, Charlie is constant and palpable in the entire book, rest of the characters come and go.
Tom Bale has put a lot of effort in this book to make it intriguing and filled with suspense. There is deceit, industrial espionage, kidnapping, manipulation, false charges, with hit men and con men abounding. Each character behaves suspiciously and has ulterior motives.
The book starts well, builds up slowly, picks up in the middle then becomes a bit outlandish at the end but I stuck on with it till the last page… I dont think the entire book has any good male character except Jen’s father and her son, Charlie. The book is long but the chapters turn fast.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 3.5 stars
About the Author
Tom Bale has had a variety of jobs including retail assistant, claims negotiator and project manager, but none was as exhausting as the several years he spent as a househusband with two pre-school children. After twenty years and hundreds of rejection slips, his first novel SINS OF THE FATHER was published under his real name, David Harrison. With his next book, SKIN AND BONES, he acquired an agent, a pseudonym and a book deal that enabled him to write full-time. His next novel was the thriller SEE HOW THEY RUN, published by Bookouture in May 2016.
Single mother Jen Cornish is just trying to hold things together for the sake of her seven-year-old son Charlie. Until the day when she does an impulsive good deed to help a neighbour, setting off a terrifying chain of events that quickly spirals out of control…
When she is arrested for a crime she didn’t commit, Jen quickly starts to wonder if someone is playing a cruel game with her – or is she losing her mind? Desperate to clear her name with the police, she must first untangle a chilling web of lies. But someone is watching her every move – and it isn’t just Jen who is in danger.
They’re watching her child as well.
Publication date : 29th June 2017
Publisher : Bookouture
Language : English
Available on Amazon
An Ok read, needs patience