Sunday, January 10, 2021

Review: The Choice by Alex Lake

Title: The Choice
Author: Alex Lake
Published: December 2020, HarperCollins 360
Format: ARC E-copy, 400 pages
Source: Netgalley

A kidnap…
Matt Westbrook only turned his back for a moment. But when he looks around, his car – with his three young children inside – has vanished.

A ransom…
Panicked, Matt assumes a car thief has got more than he bargained for, but then he starts to receive text messages: This is a ransom. If you want to see your children again, you will exchange them for your wife.

A choice…
Matt and his wife Annabelle are horrified. They can’t involve the police, or their children will be killed. Which means they have to choose: Annabelle, or their children. Either option is unthinkable. But one is inevitable. And they have only hours to make their decision…

The gripping new thriller you won’t be able to put down!

My thoughts: Alex Lake is one of my must-read authors and as soon as I saw he had a new book coming out, I immediately requested it. I have loved all his previous books and find that they are completely binge-worthy and thrilling.

I will say that this latest one is good but definitely not my favorite one. It starts off with such a great premise and the tension is absolutely there. I felt that this really had the potential to be a thrilling read all the way through. I loved how the book was set up and how we go back and forth in time learning who all the players are and getting ideas on who the potential kidnapper might be...but then it just becomes a bit unreasonable. Something just didn't seem plausible anymore and fell a bit flat.

There are some really good deranged characters that we are introduced to this book. I thought I had it figured out right away, but then thought that was way too obvious and am I glad that turned out not to be the case. The book still has the author's trademark twists and turns and kept me engaged, just not at the level I am used to.

I will still be reading Alex Lake's books and am excited to see what he writes next as I have loved all his other books. He really comes up with such unique premises.


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