‘The best thriller I’ve read this year’ LISA JEWELL
‘A fantastic thriller... It doesn't get better than this’ LEE CHILD
Her fresh start is about to turn into a nightmare…
Audra has finally left her abusive husband. She’s taken the family car and her young children, Sean and Louise, are buckled up in the back. This is their chance for a fresh start.
Audra keeps to the country roads to avoid attention. Then she spots something in her rear-view mirror. A police car is following her and the lights are flickering. Blue and red.
As Audra pulls over she is intensely aware of how isolated they are. Her perfect escape is about to turn into a nightmare beyond her imagining…
‘A rollercoaster…complete with agonising tension and a heroine you can’t help rooting for’
‘Almost unbearably tense… Cancel all your plans and settle in for the ride’
Audra Kinney, the heroine of this suspenseful but deeply disturbing thriller from Beck (the pseudonym of Irish author Stuart Neville), is fleeing from New York to California with her two kids to prevent her abusive ex from getting custody. One minute Audra is submitting to what seems a routine traffic stop in an Arizona backwater, the next she's in a cell facing charges of marijuana possession with intent to distribute, 10-year-old Sean and six-year-old Louise have disappeared, and Sheriff Ronald Whiteside insists that no children were in the car when he pulled her over. When the story hits the media, the only person who credits Audra's frantic claims that the last she saw of her kids was Whiteside's ordering a deputy to drive them away to "somewhere safe" is a stranger, San Francisco gang member Danny "Knife Boy" Lee because he's convinced something similar happened to his wife and daughter five years earlier. The narrative drive more than compensates for sometimes inconsistent and less-than-convincing characters, though Audra and her children's plight may upset some readers.
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I loved this!! Couldn’t put it down and read it in about three sittings. Would definitely recommend!!
Never a dull part
Loved it, could see this being a great film!