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Kill Or Die by Ann Evans

Synopsis:

KILL OR DIE; An utterly gripping new crime thriller

A vicious burglary goes horribly wrong when an elderly victim is killed and one of the burglars is injured.

In the detached house next door, Julia is preparing to leave her husband.  He has let her down for the last time and her bags are packed. Taking their eight-year-old daughter, Lucy, from her bed they set off in the fog.

But on this cold, dark night, fate steps in and these strangers collide.

When Vincent and Nash abduct the mother and daughter, and take them to a derelict house, the situation takes a grave turn.

Meanwhile, Julia’s husband, Ian, is distraught that his wife and daughter have left, and when the murder and burglary are discovered, suspicion falls on him.

For Ian, Julia and Lucy, life is about to become a nightmare.

Can Julia and Lucy escape from the twisted criminals?

What will Julia decide when the choice is –  kill or die?

My review:

On a quiet foggy Warwickshire street, in the dead of night. Two men commit a burglary that ends in a murder, nearby in a house a mother wakes her sleeping child as she attempts to flee in the night from her cheating spouse. Tonight their lives will come crashing together and none of them will ever be the same.

The novel opens with the two ‘baddie’ characters Vincent and Nash, both armed robbers and neither of them nice men by any measure! Nash is a heavily disfigured nasty piece of work and Vince is not better himself. Upon feeling a burglary, they crash into the car carrying mother Julia and sleeping daughter Lucy, who at just 8yrs old has no idea what is going on. This novel is heavy on the scares for many reasons, the atmospheric settting with the fog making visibility difficult, the point of view being driven from the victim’s perspective and ultimately how truly bad the ‘baddies’ really are!

Julia’s spouse Ian is a background character; a man whose selfish acts have finely caught up with him. Entangled in an affair with the manipulative Shelley De Man, he fails to put the pieces together. I wasn’t a big fan of Ian, he came off as a general all round loser, who failed to grasp any urgency in his wife’s disappearance but I think this was intentional in the writing style.

Julia and Lucy are kidnapped by the two men and taken to an abandoned property deep in the woods. Now this is when the plot really amps up the fear factor! Julia is forced to assist and aid an injured Nash and the men become desperate in their attempts to contain the situation. With subtle rape threats suggested by Vince, Julia knows it’s only a matter of time before the man resort to violence. How do you respond when held in captivity? What if your child was with you? What if you fight back and your child pays the price?

Trapped with the violent monsters, the violence, threats and intimidation reach breaking point and Julia has a choice to make, Kill Or Die? This novel is crime thriller, but it is definitely not of the usual police procedural. It focuses on the victims and their stories, their survival and their choices. Not to be missed, highly recommend 4*

Authors links:

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http://www.annevansbooks.co.uk/adultreads/
Twitter: @annevansauthor

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