Your son said he was home. WHY DID HE LIE?
I should have known something was wrong. I should have sensed it. Felt it in the air, like the build-up of pressure before a thunderstorm, that heavy, loaded calm.
Andy and Laura are good parents. They tell their son Connor that he can go out with friends to celebrate completing his exams, but he must be home by midnight.
When Connor misses his curfew, it sets off a series of events that will change the lives of five families forever.
Because five teenagers went into the woods that night, but only four came out. And telling the truth might mean losing everything…
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Format: Ebook, Audio, Hardback (17 March 2022)
Source: Copy for review
Just how much deceit and secrets can you have in one story. As far as The Curfew is concerned, not enough. From the very beginning when one teenager is missing after a party to celebrate the end of exams, it is clear that there will be something far bigger coming up the road. And those lies that start off as little white ones – they just spiral out of control.
Living in Nottingham, GP Andy and his teacher wife Laura are ordinary parents caught up in a nightmare situation that just seems to go from bad to worse. With two children and busy lives, they try to give the eldest, a 16 year old, some slack and trust him to come home before a certain time – and this is where they take their eyes off the ball and find themselves having to deal with the consequences. Admittedly, Andy’s bad judgement in some of his decision making doesn’t help – he may be a GP but sometimes common sense seemed to elude him and there were times when I thought why did you do that! However, I’m not a parent so not really in a position to judge.
Family tensions affecting both inner and extended family are stretched to the limit and it seems that those involved are keeping secrets of their own and being quite evasive about the events of that night. As you may expect, not everything is as it seems in this thriller set over a period of six days and the intriguing plot keeps you wondering as to what has actually happened and just as importantly, who was involved.
With a well drawn cast of characters that invoke a range of emotions from frustration to delight (12 year old Harriet was just wonderful – think of a young Tilly Bradshaw!) The Curfew focuses on the question, how far would you go to protect your children?
I haven’t read a book by T M Logan yet that has disappointed. The plot twists, ordinary people being put into extraordinary situations but also having enough back story to make you feel for them – The Curfew is another tense and entertaining read that has pace and those addictive short snappy chapters. Highly enjoyable.
My thanks to Zaffre for the proof copy to review and for the additional goody package!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
T.M. Logan is a Sunday Times bestseller whose thrillers have sold more than 1 million copies in the UK and are published in 18 countries around the world. The Holiday was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick and will soon be a major TV drama. Formerly a national newspaper journalist, he now writes full time and lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children.
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