I’ve had this one sat on my shelf for quite a while now! I sneaked it in between review requests!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
The sun is out. Your little boy is smiling. The next time you look… he’s gone.
Lana Cross would do anything to protect her perfect family but on a trip to an adventure park, they slip out of her sight. When she finds her husband, he’s out cold on the forest floor. Then the truth sinks in: Cooper, her four-year-old son, is missing.
No one stopped the man carrying the sleeping boy. The park cameras don’t show where he went. Then Lana receives an anonymous message, telling her to visit a local school with a horrifying history…
This is no random attack. Whoever took Cooper is playing a twisted game, and if Lana wants to find him, she must participate.
How could there be a link between the school and her missing son? And can Lana find her little boy before it’s too late?
My kids might be all grown up now but “Hide and Seek” still managed to evoke that terror that is every parent’s living nightmare, the abduction of your child. Immediately the book pulls you right in to the midst of that nightmare as Lana Cross manages to save her son, Cooper, from being snatched right from under her nose. But her nightmare is not over as the abductor promises “Tomorrow”. What follows is the terror that envelopes Lana’s life as she waits for “tomorrow” to arrive. She becomes obsessed with her own investigation into the man behind the abduction only to find herself in the middle of the horror of her husband Todd being attacked and her son snatched and this time she might be just too late to save him!
“Hide and Seek” follows Lana’s unhealthy obsession with previous murder sites via an App named “Right Where You Stand” and through this Richard Parker gives us some of the creepiest settings you can imagine from abandoned schools and theme parks to the homes of those convicted of murder. You can almost hear the scary music play inside your head as you read. Lana Cross is a woman determined to find her son and she will stop at nothing to get him. She is a strong character and it was not difficult to imagine myself in her shoes!
Her husband, Todd, however has a secret and he is worried that this secret may lie behind the disappearance of his son. I’m not sure that this subplot was entirely necessary and for me the story would have worked just as well without it. At times I found it a little bit distracting, however, it certainly added to the tension of the plot.
Twists and turns galore as you race through the pages willing Cooper to be found. Heart racing and gripping it winds fingers of terror around your heart as the bad guys reveal just how bad they are. A perfectly paced read for fans of crime fiction who like to be scared just a little bit silly!
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