Survive by Tom Bale

Paradise is about to become hell…

On a remote island in the Adriatic, an enigmatic billionaire hosts a twisted form of entertainment to satisfy the jaded appetites of his exclusive guests. And for one unsuspecting family, the holiday of a lifetime is about to become a desperate battle for survival.

As young parents, Sam and Jody have managed to defy the odds once before. But years of struggle have taken their toll, and Sam’s demons return to haunt him at the worst possible time.

Caught up in a sick game of cat and mouse, can they put their differences aside and work under intolerable pressure to save themselves and their children?

Live or die. It’s the only choice they have.

Tom Bale is the internationally bestselling author of See How They Run. Survive is a fast-paced, utterly gripping thriller which is the perfect summer-time read. It will appeal to fans of authors like; John Marrs, Lucy Foley, & Peter May.

I am a huge Tom Bale fan as I love how he takes ordinary families going about their everyday lives but by being in the wrong place at the wrong time something goes very, very wrong for them. His books are thrilling and fast paced with “edge of your seat” action so I was hoping that Survive also followed his trademark style and I wasn’t disappointed! I loved this family-they were young, they weren’t perfect but they had a determination that made you root for them from the start!

There is quite a lot of “setting the scene” so the action isn’t up and running immediately. We get to watch Sam and Jody as they arrive on their much needed all inclusive holiday with their 2 young children. Sam especially seems to be on edge and in need of some relaxation but after winning a competition at their reps welcome meeting, their luck seems about to change…

I was completely gripped by Sam and Jody’s dilemma here as they fought to keep their family together and alive. I can’t imagine how they would have felt when they became caught up in a nightmare scenario where they had to work together as a family to beat the sick individuals pulling their strings. If you take every reality tv survival game and combine them then you get an idea of what they were up against! Nasty surprises awaited them around every corner and there were some horribly realistic choices that they were forced to make as they bravely fought their unseen enemies. The last few chapters had me turning the pages as quickly as I could to find out the fates of all involved and there were some shocking twists to end Survive on a real high.

A truly gripping thriller that will have you thinking twice about booking that all inclusive holiday you’ve got your eye on!

Tom Bale had a variety of jobs before realising his lifelong ambition to be a full-time writer. He is the author of eleven novels, including the best sellers SEE HOW THEY RUN, ALL FALL DOWN and SKIN AND BONES. His latest book is SURVIVE, described as ‘the ultimate summer thriller!’ A keen cyclist and swimmer, he lives by the sea in Brighton.

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