“She will hunt down the men who took her family. She will have blood. Rose is the one that got away. She was the prey in a human trophy hunt organised by an elite and secret organisation for bored super-rich clients seeking a unique thrill. She paid a terrible price – when she escaped The Trail murdered her family. Every moment since she has been planning her revenge. Watching, waiting …And now her day has come.
Chris returns from his morning run to find his wife and children missing and a stranger in his kitchen. He’s told to run. If he’s caught and killed, his family go free. If he escapes, they die. Rose is the only one who can help him, but Rose only has her sights on one conclusion. For her, Chris is bait. But The Trail have not forgotten the woman who tried to outwit them. The Trail want Rose. The hunters want Chris’s corpse. Rose wants revenge, and Christ just wants his family back.
The hunt is on…”
TIM J LEBBON is a New York Times-bestselling writer with over thirty novels published to date, as well as dozens of novellas and hundreds of short stories. Recent releases include The Silence, Coldbrook, Into the Void: Dawn of the Jedi (Star Wars), Reaper’s Legacy, and Alien: Out of the Shadows. He has won four British Fantasy Awards, a Bram Stoker Award, and a Scribe Award, and been shortlisted for World Fantasy and Shirley Jackson awards. A movie of his story Pay the Ghost, starring Nicolas Cage, will be released soon, and other projects in development include My Haunted House, Playtime, and Exorcising Angels.
He has had around 20 novellas published and hundreds of short stories, steadily building a dedicated following among the horror & dark fiction community. A movie of his short story PAY THE GHOST was filmed last year in Toronto, starring Nicolas Cage and Sarah Wayne Callies, directed by Uli Edel. He is also working on two TV series ideas, as well as a new original screenplay.
He has won 4 British Fantasy Awards (3 for Best Novella, one for Best Novel), a Bram Stoker Award and a Scribe Award. He has also been shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award multiple times, the World Fantasy Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award.
To be honest and upfront this book was sent to me free of charge in return for a review. I find it extremely difficult to pass up the opportunity for a free book in the genres of fantasy and crime. I also find it opens my bookshelf up to new authors, which is good as I have a tendency to stay with my favourites, so it’s nice to mix it up.
I also loved the marketing campaign for this. In the run up to the receiving the book I received a letter and then a parcel with supplies in, such as energy bars and blister protection. It made it really fun and exciting to be part of this blog tour. I still only had the summary above so it was still a mystery as to what it was all about, but it added to the suspense. Then the book arrived and it had been personalised with my name on. They were some nice touches from the marketing team for the book and a great way to build momentum for the release.
This was book was fast paced and nail-biting. Once I started reading I found it hard to put down as every time I would say ‘just one more chapter’ I would get to the end of that chapter and be left with a mini cliff-hanger and then want to read on! I think I read this bursts in three bursts and only stopped as I had to go somewhere else. I started reading before bed, but found it a little too violent for that for me personally.
The story was based on an interesting concept – using people as prey for sport. We see it all too often in the news about people going hunting animals, but this takes it to another level. It made me think about the type of people who do this with animals and I could then believe that there would be people out there who would do this to people. It is quite a scary concept if you start thinking about it too much!
The main characters were Chris and Rose. I liked Chris, but I’m still not sure if I liked Rose. I suppose it was easier to relate to Chris and his position, rather than Rose who had lived through something so awful. I wonder if I would have felt more connected to her if we had started with her story, rather than it is drip fed to us through the book, but that is just my thought. I would like to hear her story in more detail though, maybe as a prequel.
Overall this was a good quick read that kept me engaged. I would recommend this to friends this time of year for holidays, especially if you are flying anywhere as this will keep you gripped for those boring airports journeys.
I wonder if this is going to be a series as the ending was left open a little to take it forward and globally…
This post is the first in a blog tour for the publication of this book today! So do make sure you head over to these other blogs to check out their reviews too.