See How They Run by Tom Bale

About this book…

How far would you go to save your family?

In the dead of night, new parents Alice and Harry French are plunged into their worst nightmare when they wake to find masked men in their bedroom. Men ruthless enough to threaten their baby daughter, Evie.

This is no burglary gone wrong.
The intruders know who they’re looking for – a man called Edward Renshaw.
And they are prepared to kill to get to him.

When the men leave empty handed, little do Alice and Harry realise that their nightmare is just beginning. Is it a case of mistaken identity? Who is Renshaw? And what is he hiding?

One thing is clear – they already know too much.

As Alice and Harry are separated in the run for their lives, there is no time to breathe in their fight to be reunited. And with their attackers closing in, there is only one choice:


My review…

Once in a while you read a book that actually has a physical effect on you, some make you laugh and some make you cry but this book raised my heart rate so much that I’m sure people could hear it pounding in my chest!! And if I hadn’t already got high blood pressure then this book would certainly have raised it sky high from chapter one through to the very last page!

Speaking of that first chapter, not in a long time have I had a book scare the hell out of me at the start as much as this did. Harry and Alice French have been woken by intruders in the middle of the night while asleep IN THEIR OWN BEDROOM! Not only them but also their eight week old daughter Evie. But these intruders are not burglars changing their luck, they think that Harry and Alice have information that they need and are refusing to believe that they don’t! For the young couple its the start of a nightmare and that’s how I felt throughout this book-trapped in a nightmare that I was unable to wake up from!

What I loved about this book was that it took an ordinary family doing what ordinary families do but played on that fear of “what if?” I’m sure we can all remember a time when we have woken up, heart racing, thinking “what’s that noise?” Tom Bale takes this premise and runs with it at great speed! The pace rarely slows as we follow Harry and Alice as they get caught up in a seedy underworld through no fault of their own. It was an adrenaline fuelled chase to find the truth but will they ever sleep soundly in their own beds again?

This isn’t my first read by Tom Bale but I have to say that he has certainly found his niche here. So if you like Simon Kernick then you are going to LOVE Tom Bale and See How They Run. Now then, I’m off for a calming cup of chamomile tea to try and calm my nerves!

I received a copy of this book via netgalley so thank you to them and the publisher Bookouture for the opportunity to read an ARC in return for an unbiased review.

Publication date 6th May 2016

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

10 thoughts on “See How They Run by Tom Bale”

  1. All the reviews I read praise this book, and I feel the urge to buy it but I promised myself to take care of my TBR first, I am living a nightmare too, haha! I love how the premise can talk to anyone. We all had that moment in the night when there’s a noise and your heart misses a beat. For a wuss like myself, it means staying awake for an hour after, listening carefully in search of more noise. Well, there always is. Life in an old house can be hard on your nerves!

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  2. I have this on my Kindle but daren’t start it yet as I have an edits deadline!! I need to wait till I can read it guilt-free, but it’s killing me knowing it’s on there waiting to be read 🙂

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  3. I’m very tempted by this, especially since we did have a burglary while we were sleeping in our beds (and luckily our two children didn’t wake up and wander downstairs in the midst of it, otherwise who knows what could have happened). So I could really relate to this premise… But I have such a long list of TBR!

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