This review is written with thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for my copy of See How They Run.
Harry and Alice French are woken in the middle of the night by intruders in their home, who are trying to locate a man named Edward Renshaw. They are threatened at gunpoint and warned that they, and their baby daughter, Evie, will be harmed if they call the police. Harry and Alice have never heard of Renshaw, and they have no idea what they are involved in when the intruders visit their home. How can they make sure that they, and their daughter, are safe? Who can they trust to help them?
See How They Run begins with an armed robbery of sorts and a sexual assault. This sets the scene for a fast paced novel which will make the hairs on the reader's neck stand bolt upright. I was concerned that See How They Run had peaked too soon, and it could not possibly maintain such a high level of interest for a whole novel. I was wrong. There are many twists and turns, many secrets revealed, and many lies are told. I was suspicious of everyone, I was scared and I was shocked in equal measure throughout the novel. Bale's ability to keep the reader on the edge of their seat, desperate to find out what happens next, is astounding.
Central to the plot of See How They Run is the relationship between Harry and Alice. The events portrayed in the novel would be enough to test any relationship, and there are occasions throughout the book when Harry and Alice hide information from each other, or do things that shock each other, which lead the reader to question whether their relationship will survive. However, both characters are developed in such a way that the reader instantly warms to them, and wills them to come out of the other side of their ordeal alive and stay together. Their obvious bond with Evie also highlights the "human" elements of their characters, to which readers are able to relate.
As the novel progresses, and Harry, Alice and Evie are separated, the chapters often shift quickly between scenes. This means that, at times, See How They Run can lose momentum as the reader reminds themselves of what has happened previously and reacquaints themselves with the scene. The scene shifting can also be confusing, which sometimes made it difficult for me to follow the development of the plot.
See How They Run is published on 6th May, and I have already recommended it to several people. It is the most thrilling novel I have read in a long time, and I was compelled to keep reading from the first page to the last.
See How They Run is available from Amazon.