See How They Run by Tom Bale Blog Tour

Posted May 11, 2016 by thischickreads in review / 2 Comments

 

 

Today I’m part of Tom Bale’s blog tour for his new thriller, ‘See How They Run’ which was published just five days ago by Bookouture. If you’re looking for an action packed thriller, you should definitely check it out. It’s currently 99p/99c for a download, so better be fast and head to amazon to get your copy. Massive thanks to lovely Kim from Bookouture for the review copy and the chance to take part. Enjoy!

 

 

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

See How They Run by Tom Bale Blog TourSee How They Run by Tom Bale
Published by Bookouture
Published on 6.5.2016
Genres: thriller
Pages: 411
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley
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three-half-stars

How far would you go to save your family?
In the dead of night, new parents Alice and Harry French are plunged into their worst nightmare when they wake to find masked men in their bedroom. Men ruthless enough to threaten their baby daughter, Evie.

This is no burglary gone wrong.
The intruders know who they’re looking for – a man called Edward Renshaw.
And they are prepared to kill to get to him.

When the men leave empty handed, little do Alice and Harry realise that their nightmare is just beginning. Is it a case of mistaken identity? Who is Renshaw? And what is he hiding?

One thing is clear – they already know too much.

As Alice and Harry are separated in the run for their lives, there is no time for breathe in their fight to be reunited. And with their attackers closing in, there is only a choice:

STAY ALIVE. OR DON’T.

Terrifying, unputdownable and full of twists and turns, this stunning thriller will have you on the edge of your seat right to the very last page.

 

 

If I’m not mistaken ‘See How They Run’ is Tom Bale’s fifth book, but it’s the first one by this author I’ve read. It also was one of the most anticipated May releases by bookouture, along with Angela Marson’s ‘Play Dead’. Bookouture is a brilliant publisher, which in a rather short span of time have signed up some amazing authors. Though initially they were publishing mostly women’s fiction, these days they are focusing more and more on thriller/crime. Which is definitely OK with me, as variety is great and it means more different titles and genres readers can pick from. Bookouture basically have everything, from chick lit/commercial women’s fiction, to thriller and paranormal. I was thrilled to hear they’ve signed up a new thriller author and when I saw this book going on NetGalley, I had to get my hands on an early copy.

‘See How They Run’ is described as dark and gripping, and it definitely is one of these reads that grabs you from the start. On what seems to be a normal night, young couple is off to bed only to be woken shortly by intruders who are looking for certain Renshaw in their house. Alice and Harry are doing their best to explain these intruders they must have got the wrong address, but the masked men who broke in are not joking. They are absolutely certain they have the right address and are threatening Alice and Harry to kill their little daughter, Evie, if they are trying to cheat them and hold information. My stomach was turning as I was reading how this young couple was being accused and thought they were going to be killed off by these nasty men. They survive, however their normal lives are forever shattered. They can’t call the policy as intruders said they’ll keep a close eye on them 24/7, with one wrong move leading to 8-weeks old Evie dead. They can’t risk their daughters safety, so it’s only natural that they choose not to involve the police. However, very soon Harry finds out that the intruders were really looking for something, and from husband and father he soon goes to being a fugitive. Alice on the other hand does some investigation on her own, finding out who this Renshaw really is. To be frank, this really bothered me. While I understand human curiosity, especially if ones life is threaten, I’m strongly against some of the choices Alice makes. For fear of spoiling this book for you, I’ll not reveal them, but I’m sure you’ll figure it out by yourself once you start reading this book.

The title of the book ‘See How They run’ truly suits the book, because boy, running they did. It’s like, one action after another, chasing, running, jumping, you name it! It’s definitely action packed, but a warning – you better pay attention when reading or you may end up confused because of missing out on something important. While I do love fast pace, I have to admit it was too fast for me. But if you like your thrillers with loads of going on, this will definitely do for you.

Alice and Harry are OK characters, and they do love to play investigators (which as I said, it’s only natural as they can’t turn to anyone else for help), but I really wish I could find out more about their personalities, their likes and dislikes, their history as partners. Maybe I’m just reading too much psychological thrillers and I’m used to getting to feel the characters, their urges to act etc. That definitely could be the reason for not enjoying this book more. While there was a lot of action and suspense, I didn’t feel the characters that much.

However, what I liked was the fact I didn’t know who really to trust. Is this Renshaw who he says he is? He says he’s a doctor, but why would criminals be chasing a doctor? And who’s this Ruth woman who’s trying to help them out by reaching out to Harry? What’s in it for her if they do catch the criminals? There are not too many characters thankfully, but still, I couldn’t figure out what will happen next. I did know though, that I wanted Alice, Harry and Evie alive.

As you see, there were some things I liked and some I liked less (or which bothered me) but I’m definitely glad I read this book and would most definitely read more by Tom Bale. If you like fast paced thrillers, do not look any further. And with this book being only 99p/99c on amazon, I don’t see a reason why not to check it out. Snatch it while a bargain!

 

 

About Tom Bale

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. Tom has been writing since the age of seven, and completed his first novel at fifteen. 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. He lives in Brighton with his family.


2 responses to “See How They Run by Tom Bale Blog Tour

  1. Christine Terrell

    This is an excellent critical review, Ana. Lots of valid points. Though I really loved the ride, I was wishing for more character development as well–it would have really enhanced what I found to be an already enjoyable tale.

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