Two reviews in one day, it’s a busy Saturday on the blog!
Thank you to Sarah Hardy for inviting me to be part of this blog tour!
Title: I Know Where You Live
Author: Pat Young
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Date of publication: March 2018
Format: Digital Review Copy
The police beg Penny and her husband to take part in a television appeal but the couple refuse. Unknown to the police, Penny and Seth have new identities and are determined to lay low and protect them. But it may be too late for that.
Sequels are a hit or miss.
I remember loving Till the Dust Settles. You can find my review here. The way the author had put such a horrific day in our history all around the center of her story and created characters strong enough to make you believe and feel.
So what about the ten years later?
A new life for our main character. I was so happy to meet with Penny again. It was as though I was meeting an old friend after so long. Ten years? Despite the changes in name and life in general, Penny hasn’t lost her old self, it clings to her despite everyone’s efforts to create a new woman. The wife and mother, the happy and totally normal person who has been under police protection since 2001. The author’s choice to portray her main character filled with fear, struggling, doing her best, looking over her shoulder, everything was spot-on and I was relieved Penny’s new name hadn’t completely erased her old self. Because no matter what had happened in the aftermath of September 11th, I had grown to like her and I was hoping to spend more time with her.
I was not disappointed! Busy Penny, scared as she may be, trusting a stranger so easily was very strange, especially when it came to her kids, but for having felt this sort of connection to someone I did not know, I glossed over it. There was the perfect dose to make me believe in what was happening. And most of all, it brought another very interesting character to the story!
Sophie. What to say about her? Her youth made me smile, her way with kids was impressive, don’t ever leave me with children alone, please. It was a pleasure to pick up some French here and there as I discovered Carcassonne with the little family + 1! I knew something was off and I just couldn’t wait for the chase to start!
I love it when protagonists have more than one face, one motive, one train of thoughts. Seth, lovely husband, reacting like a real human, not a weird robot going from the perfect husband to an absolute twat in two pages. Penny, worried but happy, holding on to secrets and fears, trying to live with them. Kids being kids. And bad people being more than just bad people.
Child abduction is tricky to write about. You don’t want to go too far, you want to take your reader a certain way but if the writing doesn’t deliver, it fails. Well, I Know Where You Live did NOT fail! My heart cried with parents looking for their cutie Ethan while my brain was running every possibility to find out who was the culprit! There weren’t real twists to the story, and this is a point that amazes me. The read is addictive without the need of pure tension at all time created by OMG cliffhanger chapters. The pages are somehow filled with electricity and you just have to wait for the big explosion.
Yes, this book is different from the first one. You can’t compare, you can only enjoy the fact the author brilliantly managed to create another case of “intense, gut-wrenching, powerful and compelling thriller served by genuine, terrific, and most of all “human” characters.” (Yep, quoting myself here :p)
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Pat Young grew up in the south west of Scotland where she still lives, sometimes. She often goes to the other extreme, the south west of France, in search of sunlight.
Pat never expected to be a writer. Then she found a discarded book with a wad of cash tucked in the flyleaf. ‘What if something awful happened to the person who lost this book?’ she thought, and she was off.
Pat knew nothing of writing, but she knew a thing or two about books, having studied English, French and German at Glasgow University. A passion for languages led to a career she loved and then a successful part-time business that allowed her some free-time, at last.
Pat had plans, none of which included sitting at her desk from daybreak till dusk. But some days she has to. Because there’s a story to be told. And when it’s done, she can go out to play. On zip-wires and abseil ropes, or just the tennis court.
Pat writes psychological thrillers. Her debut novel Till the Dust Settles, has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable Stag trophy. Following publication in July
2017 Pat was delighted to be chosen as an ‘emerging talent’ for Crime in the Spotlight and read from Till the Dust Settles to an audience at Bloody Scotland – another dream come true.