Blog Tour Book Review

Blog Tour: We Can See You by Simon Kernick

we can see you




You have it all. Success, a beautiful home, a happy family.

Until, in a heartbeat, it’s gone.

We’ve kidnapped your daughter, and we know everything about you. Including the dark secrets from your past you thought were forgotten.

We tell you not to contact the police – and that we’ll know if you do. Because we can see you.

And now you know this is no ordinary abduction. It’s worse. Within hours you’re on the run, with only one thought in your head:

That you will stop at nothing to get your daughter back.

Even murder…

It’s a nightmare situation.  You return home one evening to find that your daughter has been kidnapped and a note telling you not to call the police, because those responsible will know if you do.  Such is the predicament that Brook Connor finds herself in when she returns home one evening to an unexpectedly empty house.  Believe it or not, things are about to get a whole lot worse for Brook as she follows the kidnapper’s demands and tries to get her daughter back.  It’s hard not to admire Brook’s determination throughout the novel.  She’s an imperfect character, but I couldn’t fault her resilience and resourcefulness as she tries to find Paige.

We Can See You is told predominantly from Brook’s perspective, with other points of view used sparingly to give a different view on Brook’s situation as well as more background on her character.  I loved the scenes with Brook in police custody which are dotted throughout the novel.  The reader knows that Brook is arrested four days after her daughter’s kidnapping (this isn’t a spoiler, it’s in the second chapter!), and it doesn’t take long to find out what she has been accused of.  The situation seems extremely unfair given what the reader knows, but I found the hints at Brook’s activities, which the reader is as yet unaware of, extremely compelling – I wanted to know more about what she’d done and why.  While the reader sympathises with Brook, the evidence against her is damning, and I wanted to know how events had escalated in such a short space of time.

I thought that the pacing throughout the novel was excellent.  Like Brook, the reader feels an incredible sense of urgency to find out what has happened to Paige and who is behind it all, as well as finding out Brook’s ultimate fate.  This is an incredibly fast-paced and action-packed novel, and once it starts it really doesn’t slow down until the final page.  There were a few moments that I felt were a little over the top, but I read on wanting to know how it ended.  And what an unexpected ending!  I didn’t see it coming at all.

We Can See You is published in paperback today by Arrow.  Many thanks to the publisher and Isabelle Ralphs for the chance to review ahead of publication, and for the invitation to join the blog tour.

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  1. Omg omg this sounds so exciting. I feel like grabbing it right now. Terrific review. I like when author makes me feel emotions

    1. Thank you! Didn’t it just come completely out of the blue?! I was constantly on edge, wondering how she’d get out of her latest predicament 🙂

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