Firstly I wish to thank Noelle Holten of Bookouture for inviting me to be part of this Blog Tour for HIDE AND SEEK by Richard Parker
The sun is out. Your little boy is smiling. The next time you look… he’s gone.
Lana Cross would do anything to protect her perfect family but on a trip to an adventure park, they slip out of her sight. When she finds her husband, he’s out cold on the forest floor. Then the truth sinks in: Cooper, her four-year-old son, is missing.
No one stopped the man carrying the sleeping boy. The park cameras don’t show where he went. Then Lana receives an anonymous message, telling her to visit a local school with a horrifying history…
This is no random attack. Whoever took Cooper is playing a twisted game, and if Lana wants to find him, she must participate.
How could there be a link between the school and her missing son? And can Lana find her little boy before it’s too late?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I am like a moth to the light, I see a book by Richard Parker and I know that I have to read it. “Follow me” scared the hell out of me but this, this played with my mind. This fuelled every motherly instinct that I owned and I wanted to come out fighting. It is tense with an urgency about the story that increased my reading speed at every chapter.
The opening pages just make every mothers worse nightmares into every mothers worse reality. There just can’t be a more devastating sight than what Connor’s mother witnessed and there can’t be a worse situation than this for a child to feel they are in. This isn’t a case of stranger danger of a child being enticed, this is brute force, in broad day light and from the child’s garden all witnessed by a mother. A man determined to take this child but not bargaining on a woman who will do anything to get her child back.
Set in Jaxton USA I think that this would definitely warrant counselling sessions for life for mother and child. Especially as Lana falls deeper and deeper into a daily life of being obsessed about safety rather than living and grows a morbid fascination with a phone app that displays death sites. The whole family need a get away break to get a little normality back into their lives so when a chance comes up they grab it.
This is one hell of a story told in alternating chapters between Lana and her husband Todd. There was no way that I could have even come close to guessing the reasoning behind everything that was happening in the story. It was exciting, nail-biting stuff, that made me want to just talk to all my grandchildren all of a sudden.
This isn’t a gruesome story this story is built on fear, the fear of it happening and the fear they won’t be found alive and it works to create a bond between reader and the parents in this book. It makes it all seem very personal. A super book that I could really relate to and become emotionally involved. Just loved it.
I wish to thank Bookouture and NetGalley for an ARC of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Richard Parker was formerly a TV script writer, script editor and producer before turning his hand to penning twisted stand alone thrillers. HIDE AND SEEK is his fifth book and is published August 2017. FOLLOW YOU was his fourth psychological thriller. Reviewers are saying it’s Bookouture’s darkest crime novel to date. STALK ME was his third and rode high in the UK and US charts. SCARE ME was his second. Hollywood movie rights have been acquired by major US studio, Relativity Media. Star of PRISON BREAK and screenwriter of dark horror thriller STOKER, Wentworth Miller, has written the big screen adaptation. STOP ME, Richard’s darkly fiendish debut, was shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award.