A derelict farmhouse in the Essex countryside.
A deranged family.
Innocent victims picked at random.
They're hellbent on revenge, someone to answer for the horrific error that's been made.
Noah and Jess are driving home on a busy dual carriageway and stuck in traffic. They hear thumping coming from the back doors of the transit van in front of them. When Noah steps out onto the road, he hears muffled screams.
He opens the back doors and what he sees shocks him to the core.
The van pulls off, spilling Noah onto the road.
Ignoring his wife's plea to leave it, he hits the accelerator in pursuit of the van.
Chloe's parents are missing. She hasn't seen them since they left the party in Hampstead on Friday night. She needs answers, deciding to take matters into her own hands.
A serial killer is stalking the streets of Islington in North London late at night leaving his victims in a horrific way.
The press have dubbed him the Angel Attacker.
A terrifying tale of revenge with a twist that will hit you like a sledgehammer.
First of all I must give my thanks to Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity for the opportunity to read and review this book here on my page as part of Stuart's promotional blog tour.
The book is split into chapters headed 'Past' and 'Present' so the story is easily tracked time-wise between the time frames. On reading the first chapter I wondered if this was going to be the usual revenge story of parents who tragically lose their child and seek vengeance on those who they feel are responsible for their loss. This is the point that I have to tell you that there is absolutely nothing run-of-the-mill about this book whatsoever. I stayed up way beyond my regular bedtime to read just one more chapter (or five!), totally absorbed in the story. I HAD to carry on as each chapter left unanswered questions as to (a) what was going on and (b) what was going to happen next.
A word of warning: there are some pretty graphic scenes throughout the book, moreso than in a lot of books in the thriller genre which may put off some readers but I felt added to the horror of the events which were going on. The people driving the van gave me chills: they just do not care. Whether they are seen, followed - anything. They just have one thing in mind, and that is whatever twisted plan they have and how they can make sure it is carried out. Anyone gets in their way, they either make them part of the plan or 'remove' them from proceedings. But what is their connection to that tragic first chapter? I had no definite theory as to where the two timeframes linked - lots of possibilities presented themselves to me but each of them was quickly dismissed with another twist in the tale.
My heart broke for poor young Chloe, whose parents have mysteriously vanished into the night after leaving her birthday party. She searches desperately for them with the help of her boyfriend but it quickly becomes clear to her that someone doesn't want her to know what happened that night when they cross paths with the men in the van. Many people seem to clam up when she starts asking questions yet the help the odd few are offering doesn't seem to be getting her any answers. What is going on??
After a good old cat and mouse chase, the answers to decades old mysteries eventually come spilling out bringing with them explanations for the modern side of the story. I guarantee you will be shocked by the truth of the tale. The 'how, why and who' all fitted together in devastatingly horrific ways which hadn't even been options in my mind along the way and I stayed awake way, way longer than I had planned in order to finish this book.
A belter of a book which will have you glued to the plot whilst hiding behind your cushion with dread as you read. Once you're involved there is no escape.