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- Print Length: 324 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (31 Aug. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073C7F8D3
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 74 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,914 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hide and Seek: An absolutely gripping thriller with heart-pounding suspense Kindle Edition
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We first meet Lana when she is fighting with everything she has to stop someone abducting her son. Well right away my heart was in my mouth. Apart from my children dying, abduction has got to be my next worst fear. Every emotion that Lana was feeling, I felt every bit of it.
You don’t have to be a parent to have compassion for Lana. I loved how strong she was. I think most of us would go to pieces but she is hell bent on finding out who has taken their son. I was right there with her urging her on and sending her strength to continue.
The story is so fast paced. With short chapters, I literally raced through the book and it certainly gets the adrenaline pumping. With plenty of twists and turns, Hide And Seek makes for an exhilarating read. Definitely one for die hard fans of psychological thrillers that will have you not wanting your kids to leave your sight for even a minute!
From the very outset of this book I was hooked. It seemed innocuous enough a start. A woman grappling with her laundry as her son plays outside. It takes only a small fraction of time for everything to change and from this point on you get the ultimate sense of pace and jeopardy which will prevail throughout the whole book. As Lana fights with the man in the mask to keep Cooper with her, you feel her whole world is shifting and what follows is somewhat inevitable and yet no less unnerving and heart thumping.
Lana’s obsession with finding the man who tried to take Cooper dominates the early part of the book, her quest even taking her to former murder sites, every killer, at least in her mind’s eye, a potential match for the man she is looking for. So it is somewhat of a surprise that both she and her husband Todd overlook what, to even the most oblivious reader, is obviously setting them on fast track to impending doom. They say you should never look a gift horse in the mouth, but when the horse comes fully dressed in a Snip the Squirrel mask, it should at least set some alarm bells ringing. Read the book and believe me that will make a lot more sense.
Although completely different in tone, I still really enjoyed this book. There were less of the shock, bam, in your face moments, it really wasn’t that kind of story, but there was a growing sense of unnease with every passing moment, and a slow build of the tension to a highly dramatic conclusion. In some scenes I was almost holding my breath, poised on the edge of my seat, desperate to see what would happen. While I anticipated that some of Lana’s so called friends probably couldn’t be trusted, I definitely didn’t call the who, the why or the how. And as Lana was led on a wild goose chase in search of her son, Todd was dealing with a problem of an entirely different nature. His ‘situation’ led to some of the more, how should I put it, wince inducing moments of the story, showing that Mr Parker’s thirst for blood isn’t entirely sated just yet. Not on the same level as its predecessor, but still able to make the skin crawl.
I love the style of Richard Parker’s writing and the way he can make me invested in the characters, even if I don’t always entirely like them. Not that I particularly disliked any of the characters in this book, with the exception of the obvious, Mr Whisper. I admired Lana’s tenacity, even if I did question the sanity of her actions. Even Todd had his moments. His actions, while misguided, are all done for the sake of his wife. They both took mad risks in order to save Cooper, ones which almost beggared belief. But let’s face it. It wouldn’t have been such an interesting story if they’d just sat back and left everything to the police now, would it?
I was suckered in from the off and sense of duty (and self preservation) were the only things that could stop me from racing through to the end. Fast paced, short chapters had me turning the pasges well into the night and if I hadn’t had to pretend to sleep before I had to go back to work, I would have finished it in the same evening.
Chilling, thrilling and proof positive that it is absolutely right to have a natural suspicion and perhaps even hatred of American red squirrels, I loved it. Cant wait to see what Mr Parker offers up next.
The whole back garden incident really affects Lana which I personally think it would any parent. She’s OCD about the security of the place they live having moved out of their family home. And she’s become obsessed about finding the masked intruder to the extent of doing her own personal investigation. This obsession is fuelled by a phone app, one that shows you death sites. Now in normal circumstances, it would be rather interesting to have short term (yes I have a slight morbid interest) but Lana is addicted to this app as much as I’m addicted to Facebook…
Richard Parker has gone and taken a mother’s worst nightmare and made it a fast paced tense engrossing story. As I finished the closing chapters, I realised I was sat with my jaw dropped and my heart was beating a lot harder than normal!!
This is my first encounter with Mr Parker’s writing and it’s not going to be my last. I’ve got “Follow You” sat patiently waiting on my kindle however I think after reading “Hide And Seek”, it might start murmuring and then shouting at me!!!
Richard Parker is an excellent writer who is capable of injecting such powerful imagery and suspense into his novels that it's hard to put it down, and even if you can break away you are still caught up deep in the turmoil that he has plunged you into.
An exceedingly good read which I would highly recommend to lovers of great thrillers.
For husband and wife Todd and Lana a nightmare is about to unfold when their son Cooper is kidnapped. So begins a page turning thrill ride that will captivate, entertain and haunt long after the final page is read.
My first Richard Parker novel but certainly not my last. A highly recommended read.
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