Review: Hide and Seek


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About the Book

  • Author: Richard Parker
  • Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Crime
  • Published on: 4th August, 2017

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Special thanks to bookouture for accepting my request.


Synopsis

Lana has a perfect little family. Her husband, Todd and she dote their 4-year-old son, Cooper.

It is a sunny day and Cooper is playing in the backyard. Lana is keeping a watch on him from the window. A strange figure appears in the yard and attempts to abduct Cooper. Lana gets there in time and a vicious struggle follows. The kidnapper gives up his efforts to take Cooper with him but while getting away he lets Lana know via a whisper “Tomorrow”.

Lana and Todd Cross take every measure possible to avoid facing that “Tomorrow”. Lana makes it her life’s mission to locate that person. She takes the help of ‘Right Where You Are Standing’ app to find out the identity of the person who attempted to take her child from her. Todd takes a different approach.

It turns out that their measures weren’t adequate and now Cooper is missing. They both have different ideas as to who really took their child from them.

The kidnapper eventually connects with them but demands no ransom. Will they be able to decipher his signs? Will they be able to reach Cooper before it’s too late?

Review

‘Hide and Seek’ is a nail-biting, heart pounding thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

This book has all the essential elements of a good thriller. Plus, it jumps directly to action. There is no time wasted and your attention is grasped right from Page 1. Suspense, mystery, apprehension, doubt and fear will be your companion for every second of your reading journey.

The plot is incredibly fast paced and sketched with a brilliance that few have mastered. All events transition into each other very smoothly making one whole and complete story-line. The pages are jam-packed with action and suspense.

The characters were relatable. Lana and Todd did exactly what any parent would do. The mention that Cooper was to be their only child strangely aggravated the whole situation manifolds. Their desperation to protect their child from all odds was portrayed excellently. There were some instances in the story where we could see Lana’s fears out in open; for example, she checked all locks twice and thrice. This had become a kind of security drill and rightly so, since her child was in danger.

The writing style was intriguing. The narration displayed a good understanding of human psychology.

The only complain I have is that this extra-ordinary book had a clichéd part of “not involving the police”. Though, it doesn’t affect anything, I would have liked to see the situation otherwise.

I would recommend it to you if you want something absolutely gripping, dark and twisted!

Rating: 4.5/5

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