Hide and Seek by Richard Parker
Published August 31st by Bookouture
Star Rating - ****
Goodreads Challenge - 49/50
I received this eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from GoodreadsThe sun is out. Your little boy is smiling. The next time you look… he’s gone.
When Lana and Todd win a trip to Blue Crest Adventure Park, their four-year-old Cooper is ecstatic, but when Lana goes to meet them, Todd is out cold, and Cooper is missing.
No one stopped the man with the sleeping boy. The cameras don’t show where he went. Then Lana finds her family picture on an online map detailing bloody murder sites. This is no random attack.
Whoever took Cooper is playing a twisted game, and if Lana wants to find him, she must participate. Can she uncover her tormentor’s identity before it’s too late?
My ThoughtsI really enjoyed this. The story gripped me throughout and kept me on the edge of my seat, always wanting more! I would definitely recommend this to those who love a good thrilling page turner. The story is about Lana and Todd who win a family trip to a theme park. All is well until Todd is attacked and their little boy Cooper is taken. We follow both Lana and Todd as they both have their own ideas as to why Copper was taken and follow up on these leads in a hope to get their little boy back.
I was completely hooked from the start of this book. It was definitely a page turner and it kept me wanting more and more. I liked how the author kept the chapters short. This kept me engaged throughout and I was always saying to myself I'm going to read just one more. In terms of the story I didn't think the plot was as original as I would of liked. There were definitely some classic thriller tropes throughout however, I felt the story was executed well and this combined with the authors fast paced writing style kept me well and truly engaged. I enjoyed the inclusion of the 'Right Where Your Standing' app. I thought this added an extra level of creepiness to the story.
I enjoyed the characters in this story. I found myself rooting for the good guys and wishing for the demise of the bad guys. I loved how fiery Lana was and I admired her commitment to her son. I don't have children of my own but I understand the need to do anything to protect them and to me this came across well throughout the story. I also admired Todd's commitment and I thought his side story added something extra. I did however want to bang their heads together at times, families need to work together.
Overall I found this a really gripping story and I would really recommend it to anyone who loves a good, fast paced thriller.