(Tina Boyd: 3): as gripping as it is gritty, a thriller you won’t forget from bestselling author Simon Kernick


A captivating and taut thriller that will leave you holding your breath, from Sunday Times bestselling author Simon Kernick, the UK's answer to Harlan Coben.

'The next time I see Simon Kernick's name on a book, I will pick it up. Brilliant!' - RICHARD MADELEY

'This thriller is so authentic that it completely takes your breath away, and then some.' - THE MIRROR

'Kernick is the master of the literary rabbit punch, thumping his readers when they least expect it, and from a different direction...Cracking stuff.' - THE TIMES

'If it's heart-thudding tension you want, Simon Kernick is your man.' - DAILY MAIL

'Simon Kernick uses every trick in the book to keep the action breakneck.' - TIME OUT



It's evening, you're back late from work - and the house is in darkness.

You step inside, and the phone rings. You answer it - and your world is turned upside down.

Your fourteen-year-old daughter's been taken, and her kidnappers demand half a million pounds in cash. They give you 48 hours to raise the money. If you call the police, she will die.

As the nightmare unravels, you can be certain of only two things: that you will do anything to get your daughter back alive - and that time is running out...


  • Simon Kernick writes with his foot pressed hard on the pedal. Hang on tight!
    Harlan Coben

About the author

Simon Kernick

Simon Kernick is one of Britain’s most exciting thriller writers. He arrived on the crime writing scene with his highly acclaimed debut novel The Business of Dying, the story of a corrupt cop moonlighting as a hitman. Simon's big breakthrough came with his novel Relentless which was the biggest selling thriller of 2007. His most recent crime thrillers include Siege, Ultimatum, Stay Alive and The Final Minute. He is also the author of the bestselling three-part serial thrillers Dead Man’s Gift and One By One.

Simon talks both on and off the record to members of the Counter Terrorism Command and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, so he gets to hear first hand what actually happens in the dark and murky underbelly of UK crime.
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