Happy hump day! Today is all about what a mother would do for her daughter…
My thanks to Arrow Publishing for inviting me to be part of this blog tour and providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Title: We Can See You
Author: Simon Kernick
Date of publication: (Paperback) 30 May 2019
Publisher: Arrow Publishing
Number of pages: 400
You have it all. Success. A beautiful home. A happy family.
And then in a heartbeat it’s all gone.
Your daughter has been taken. And 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 you’d buried in the distant past.
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…
We Can See You. In a normal context, this sentence can fit in with different situations. Parents warning their kids they are watching them so they better not keep pulling at the flowers. A teen rolling her eyes because she spotted her parents snogging in the kitchen. Friends laughing at someone who tried to hide and give them a scare.
Simon Kernick gives We Can See You a darker, spine-chilling meaning. Rarely had a title been so openly threatening!
I had no idea what to expect when I began reading, as this was my first book by Simon Kernick. Well, he definitely knows how to lead his readers by the nose!! What better to turn a life upside down than an empty house, a missing child, and an alarming note?
In a matter of hours, Brooke’s seemingly perfect picture as a life coach and famous writer shatters and it is not long before she finds herself alone, fighting against time and the police to retrieve her daughter Paige. I truly enjoyed the narrative format, going back and forth between the present and the previous days, from different POVs. The feeling of urgency never left me as I was racing along Brooke to find answers, only to be met with secrets, lies, and people I wasn’t sure I could trust. Imagine a ball in a maze. It bounces on a wall, violently gets sent a different way, to be slapped again on another hard, cold surface. That ball is Brooke! Every step she takes seems to add more complexity to her task. Everywhere she looks, a surprise is waiting for her. No respite for brave people! We Can See You associates a parent’s worst fear, one of the strongest case of resilience I’ve ever seen, and a relentless sense of urgency. This is an explosive mix!
With twists galore and a woman who will not let anything or anyone stand in her way, We Can See You offers many heart-stopping moments. I particularly enjoyed a detail in the novel about Brooke and her daughter Paige (you need to read to know what I’m talking about! No spoilers here!) It kept me rooting for Brooke when I sometimes felt she was getting on my nerves or when I started doubting the number of situations she got herself out of. I could feel myself rolling my eyes whenever she mentioned her self-help books, but hey, when you’ve got nothing left, you cling to what you know, right? Anyway, despite Brooke sometimes appearing as a superwoman and not a regular mom, I couldn’t help but being 1) freaked out by the whole situation 2) completely addicted by the chase 3) in dire need to know who could have eyes everywhere!
Simon Kernick brilliantly portrays a desperate but resourceful woman who encounters many obstacles but never gives up. She meets a very diverse cast of characters, each of one adding spice and turns to the plot. I liked some, pitied a few, utterly loathed others.
Isn’t it unfair to fight faceless monsters who seem to always be one step ahead? As the title suggests, Paige’s kidnappers watch Brooke, and they seem to have no boundaries. I was so frustrated to see Brooke’s tries to save her family go to waste as every door was slammed to her face. Who has such power? ARGH! The closest you get to the end, the more claustrophobic this novel becomes, as the trap set to destroy Brook closes in on her. Every time I thought I knew where the book was leading me, I found myself proved wrong as more people added their own story to the plot. Without ever forgetting the core of the chase – Paige’s abduction – Brooke must deal with jealousy, deceit, people you should not cross path with, violence, and a ruthless tension.
There is no coincidence in this book. All the threads lead one a final moment you won’t see coming. I know I didn’t!!!
Suspenseful, We Can See You is a powerful rollercoaster with an explosive ending!
The paperback is released tomorrow! Here’s the link to your copy 😉 Amazon
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Simon Kernick is one of Britain’s most exciting thriller writers. He arrived on the crime writing scene with his highly acclaimed debut novel The Business of Dying, the story of a corrupt cop moonlighting as a hitman. Simon’s big breakthrough came with his novel Relentless which was the biggest selling thriller of 2007. His most recent crime thrillers include Siege, Ultimatum, Stay Alive and The Final Minute. He is also the author of the bestselling three-part serial thrillers Dead Man’s Gift and One By One. Simon talks both on and off the record to members of the Counter Terrorism Command and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, so he gets to hear first hand what actually happens in the dark and murky underbelly of UK crime.