WE CAN SEE YOU Simon Kernick Century £12.99
This is like taking a ride on one of those fairground whirligigs where you sit in giant teacups that spin faster and faster in crazy fashion, leaving your head spinning, and a scream stuck in your throat. That’s how I felt on Kernick’s pulse-pounding ride without brakes. He keeps the pedal to the metal from first page to last. It begins with successful California life-coach Brook Connor and her failed-actorturned-tennis-coach husband Logan having to deal with the kidnapping of their six-yearold daughter Paige. Her nanny is also missing. But they find her severed finger, which comes with a warning that the kidnappers have eyes and ears everywhere, and they want a ransom…or else. So far, so Hitchcock. But then, events rapidly escalate as Brooke first questions why the kidnap gang will only talk on the phone to give instructions to her broke hubby, when it’s her money they want. Is he involved? She knows feckless Logan’s a woman magnet, but it looks like his latest affair could be the death of them all. The story takes off like a scalded cat with the bodies piling up, shoot-outs, narrow escapes and Brook is the cops’ prime suspect. Best buckle up ! Review by Alex Gordon.
Name another Kernick hit. Entries to Alex Gordon, See competition by Dec 13. BANG TO RIGHTS Helen Black Constable £7.99
I’m not surprised Roberta Kray recommends it, because fans of her tough gangland thrillers will approve. The Leeds setting is every bit as gritty as Kray’s East End. It might help if you read Taking Liberties, the series opener, first to understand why Liberty Chapman becomes
THE GROWING PAINS OF JENNIFER EBERT David M. Barnett Trapeze £8.99
The sub title is ‘Aged 19 Going On 91’ and therein lies the clue. This is a quirkily hilarious, moving and inspiring age-gap tale follow up to Barnett’s surprise debut hit Calling Major Tom. When teenage Jennifer and pals find themselves temporarily the white sheep of her family, abandoning her underworld roots to become a lawyer. But, when her youngest brother Frankie is shot in a gangland feud Liberty discovers blood’s thicker than principles and she goes after revenge in the family way. It’s hard as nails! moving in with some oldies in a retirement home that takes in students to help pay the bills, the scene is set for a bust up between young and old. But surprising empathy and a common cause lie ahead when Sunset Promenade is threatened with closure.