I wasn’t wild about the premise with this one but am becoming such a fan of Lebbon’s work I figured I’d give this a shot. Pleased to say what could have been a tragically ordinary thriller was elevated into something far greater.
So yeah, we’ve got a family who’s sort of stuck in a rut, the dad who’s “ordinary” and “boring.” And then there’s his mate who lives the enviable life, and who convinces this family man to participate in a small scale robbery. No one gets hurt, one and done, all of that jazz. Only it doesn’t go to plan.
Does it ever?!?
From this point on, you’re on a runaway freight train just trying to keep from being tossed from the tracks. Some fantastic character development, (personally I think Lebbon shines when dealing with the inner turmoils of a family trying to survive), beautifully constructed twists, and great settings. This pretty much has everything you’d want from a fast-paced thriller. Including some pretty nasty meanies.
Now I had no idea this was a sequel, of sorts, to a novel called The Hunt. While there are characters and references to their pasts, not once did I feel out of place by not having the previous knowledge of whatever came before. (I am, however, planning to pick up that first novel as well).
With a few moments that might have gone too far past the “just call the cops, already” realm of disbelief, this was overall a fantastic piece of work from an author who’s at the top of his game. Highly recommended.