Stay Alive – Simon Kernick
Stay Alive is a breathless, race-against-time thriller best avoided by those of a nervous disposition – or those who can only spare the odd ten minutes to read. This novel is almost literally impossible to put down.
One witness: you’re on a trip with your family, miles from anywhere. A shot rings out – and your whole life changes in an instant.
One secret: a woman is racing towards you, chased by three gunmen. Although you don’t know it, she harbours a deadly secret. She’s in terrible danger. And now you are too.
No escape: you’re running, terrified, desperate to find safety. You know that the men hunting you have killed before. And if they catch you, you’ll be next…
Simon Kernick seeks real authenticity in his novels and often talks (both on, and off, the record) to real detectives, including the Metropolitan Police Special Branch, SOCA (Britain’s Serious and Organised Crime Agency) and the Anti-Terrorist Branch. He doesn’t make guesses about what goes on in underworld dark alleys and behind closed doors – he hears it first hand.
That said, it’s important to point out that this is fiction, given that his first novel, The Business of Dying, is the story Dennis Milne, a corrupt London cop who earns a bit of cash-in-hand as a hitman!
His books have earned rave reviews from quality and tabloid press alike in Britain, and in the US he’s been twice shortlisted for the prestigious Barry Award for best British novel.
If you’re looking for excitement, Kernick comes recommended. Treat yourself. You know you want to…