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review 2015-12-26 23:42
Someone to Save You
Someone to Save You - Paul Pilkington
ISBN:   9781503948471 
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publication Date:  11/3/2015 
Format:   Paperback 
My Rating: 4 Stars

 

A special thank you to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

British author, Paul Pilkington delivers a gripping and complex psycho-thriller, SOMEONE TO SAVE YOU —an intriguing suspense leaving your head spinning.

As the novel opens, there is a teenage girl running. Sam Becker, a London based cardiothoracic surgeon is in his car on a trip to celebrate his sister’s birthday. He is trained and accustomed to dealing with emergency situations. However, nothing prepares him for this.

The girl Allison, she says… clearly needs help. The teen comes out of no here. Near a railroad. No trains, yet. She says her mum needs help. They need help. He follows and sees a car next to a railroad. The car is locked. There are two young children in the back seat-a boy and girl about a year old in booster seats. The woman is handcuffed to the steering wheel. What the heck?

A suicide attempt? Adrenaline kicking in, heart pounding, he reaches for the mobile, but he left it in the front seat of his car. There is no time to go back. He tries speaking with the woman pleading…you do not want to kill your children. A train could come any minute and tells her ---Allison would not want to see this. He gets a stone and starts hammering the window. The kids are crying. He is so close to the handle. He reaches for the handbrake.

The wheels were jammed in between the tracks. He grabs the children, and Allison is screaming to help her mum. The train was coming in the distance. He could hear it. Where are the keys to the handcuffs? No answer. Where is Jessica? She was in the back. The boot. He is desperately trying to find the boot release lever. The train was bearing down. A tiny baby. All goes black.

A murder. A crash. A train. A car. He is now in the hospital and his wife is asking him questions. An investigation. Why was he at the location of the crash? He says a teenage girl came out of nowhere and he followed her to the car next to the railway. She was desperate and needed his help.

He was driving back from a family event in the Northwest. His sister’s birthday. She died when she was young. It was the anniversary of your thirtieth birthday. It was supposed to be a celebration.

In the aftermath of this chilling drama, he is hailed as a hero by the press—but to the investigating police, things do not add up. There is a problem. Allison is missing. He does not want the publicity or the story to pick up his sister’s death –to have to relive. However, there is a leak. Someone is taunting him. Sick games.

Fifteen years ago, Sam Becker’s sister was killed, a brutal rape and murder. A tragedy that haunts him to this day—his best friend Marcus, was jailed for her murder. Their mum and dad were finally trying to move on with their lives. He needed to see a PTSD counselor.

A good Samaritan saves train crash family. No mention of his name. Soon Sam finds himself drawn into a conspiracy of lies and organized crime that puts his own life in danger.

To further complicate, Marcus is out of prison, hoping for reconciliation and determined to clear his name. He could walk free. Marcus had never offered any explanation. He always protested his innocence, despite the overwhelming evidence against him.

A camping trip in North Whales. Cathy had gone. Covered in Marcus’s DNA. Never found the murder weapon. She said they had been dating for months. He had written Sam as to his innocence. He does not want his parents to know this monster is out.

Sam is forced to confront his own dark past, but as the layers of deceit are peeled back, can he really trust anyone around him? Who is this person terrorizing them? Sending emails and texts. Who would record and torture him, using his sister’s name? When nothing is as it appears.

The railway track. The poor children strapped in. Creepy, mysterious. The woman in the car. Drowned girl. Drugs in a locker. A set up. A suicide or murder? The teenage girl. Black Wolves. A patient. Now Anna the wife has been kidnapped.

A twisted intriguing multi-layered psycho-crime mystery, keeping you in suspense until the very end. Readers will love trying to put the pieces, lies, and secrets together --how it connects with Cathy’s murder. (I liked)

My first book by Paul and look forward to reading more!

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review 2015-10-28 05:39
Someone to Save You - Paul Pilkington

Sam seems to be a man of mystery - he just happened to be first on the scene when a mother drove her car on to a railway line. He manages to rescue the children before the train came. Fifteen years ago his best friend was found guilty of raping and murdering his sister, but has now been released from jail still insisting his innocence. Now Dr Sam is being followed and is getting strange messages, silent phone calls. The idea of this is great but for me it just didn't come off. So many loose ends, characters behaving unprofessionally, a hurried finale and the the reveal which was totally implausible. The author was good at taking the reader along on a thrilling ride, but the trouble was he then leaves you stranded at the top of a roller coaster! This is the first book I've read by this author and I may try another in the future.

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review 2015-10-08 00:00
Someone to Save You
Someone to Save You - Paul Pilkington BLUF: Quick paced thriller that will hook you from the start, but may leave you with questions in the end.

**I was provided a copy of this book from netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review**

This book will hook you from the first page and not let you go until you finish. Truly. It's the first book I have read in a long time that keeps me interested and wanting more. Despite being exhausted, I just had to finish the last 20% of the book last night. I couldn’t bring myself to put this book down.

Someone to Save You begins with our protagonist, Sam Becker, being drawn to a potential suicide – a mother who intends to kill herself and her children by placing their car on the train tracks and waiting to be struck by the next train. What starts as an appreciation for Sam’s heroic actions soon takes a sick twist by opening wounds in Sam’s past and plunging Sam into a living nightmare.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s fast paced and kept me thinking about what I had read so far. Throughout this book, I had suspicions about characters, but could never finger one person or another as the culprit. There was never enough reason to blame one person over another.

I also adored the relationships between the characters in this book. I thought these were well done and believable, although the relationship between Sam and his wife was lacking.

My only issue with this book is that the end leaves the readers with questions. I am able to find reasoning for the destruction of the Ainsley family and of Miles. It shows a pattern of insanity the intense destruction our villain enacts against those who cross him. What I don’t understand is how Jody fits into this novel. I understand her desire to help Sam and the Ainsley family is a reaction of anger against Vincent for murdering Mel, but her assistance at the end of the novel doesn’t make any sense. It implies that she started the fire at the facility which could mean a) she exacted revenge for Mel’s death or b) she was in on it. A) doesn’t make sense considering that Anna overheard the bad guys talking about starting the fire and evacuating so… what gives? We will never know. Additionally, like others, I find it to believe that somebody would care about ruining Marcus' life for over fifteen years. That said, I wouldn’t let these questions stop you from picking up this book.
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review 2014-02-27 13:34
Review - The One You Love by Paul Pilkington
The One You Love (suspense mystery) - Paul Pilkington

This was a free book, I think via Bookbub or Freebooksy.

 

I read 27% of the book before I tossed this in the DNF pile.  It was like reading a young teen's first journey into writing a story.  That is fine, for an English teacher or another teen to read, but when it is published as a book, when it is put out as part of a series that I am supposed to read and then purchase other parts of... no.  No thank you.

 

Plot is all over the place with too many sub-plots that link to the main plot, somehow... I didn't feel like wading through the poorly written dialog and poor characterizations of the protagonist and secondary characters to figure it all out.  Not to mention the tangents this author takes you on before you realize that the particular chapter you are reading took place in the past.  

 

No thanks.

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review 2014-01-01 00:00
The One You Love
The One You Love - Paul Pilkington Though this is a good story with a lot of twists and turns it wasn't as well written as it could have been. I believe it was rushed into publication and could have stood a few more turns at the wheel of "rewrites". Often the characters would talk endlessly, giving us back story and dumping info in conversation. By info-dumping I mean that a character should never tell another character, such as a brother, or father, all about another character who is also well-known to that person. It's too bad, really, because the story itself is amazing.

It opens with a beat up man who is rescued and put into the hospital barely alive. The main character's fiance is missing. The fiance is the main suspect for the beating because of clues left behind. It is all very edge-of-your-seat stuff if it weren't for the pesky "talking heads" getting in the way.

Verified Amazon purchase.
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