We Can See You

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 09 Sep 2019

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Typical Kernick: fast-paced, intriguing, action-packed and an easy read. 
Book info:
You have it all. Success, a beautiful home, a happy family.

Until, in a heartbeat, it's gone.

We've kidnapped your daughter, and we know everything about you. Including the dark secrets from your past you thought were forgotten.

We tell you not to contact the police – and that we’ll know if you do. Because we can see you.

And now you know this is no ordinary abduction. It’s worse. Within hours you’re on the run, with only one thought in your head:

That you will stop at nothing to get your daughter back.

Even murder...
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Standalone domestic noir thriller. California lifestyle coach Brook's day goes from bad to worse when first her daughter is kidnapped and she is then framed for the murder of her cheating husband. Thrills and spills aplenty.
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3 for neutral.  This book was not for me, but may be enjoyed by others.  While I am a very moody reader, I don’t think this is one I’ll ever enjoy, since the writing seemed to jump way too much for my enjoyment, but also very moody when reading and will update if able to enjoy at a later time.
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Compulsive reading, this is an addictive suspenseful psychological thriller like no other.

The plot is unpredictable with lots of twists and turns along with solid engaging characters.
There is also a sense of dread as the story deals with the deep and dark corners of the human psych.

I very much enjoyed this and would recommend it to anyone!
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I am a massive Simon Kernick fan and devour his books as soon as I get my hands on them but this one wasn't devoured as much as nibbled on over a couple of days whilst relaxing in the sunshine on my recent holiday.

It's well written, easy to read and a good story but I did find it a little predictable and, at times, stretched reality a little too much even for a work of fiction.  The characters are well developed but I didn't find myself becoming invested in them as much I would have liked so wasn't particularly bothered what their ultimate fates would be.

There are the usual twists, turns and surprising revelations that Mr Kernick has a knack of smacking you round the face with which make you keep reading; it just didn't hit the mark quite as much for me as his other books have but it's still enjoyable and worth reading.

My thanks must go to Random House UK, Cornerstone and NetGalley for my copy in return for an honest review.
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A fast paced psychological thriller which I read in two days.  It was exciting and unpredictable, with a satisfying outcome.  Highly recommended.
Thanks to NetGalley for my copy
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Two stars! To be honest I only finished this because I need to keep my netgalley percentages up. It just didn't work for me, the story is clunky and the writing is clunky. I know, I know it's a thriller it shouldn't matter but I can't get invested in a story where the main character irritates me. I've obviously enjoyed Kernicks police / thriller episodes set in the UK maybe it's the California setting who knows ? My advice stick to his earlier books.
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It’s a nightmare situation.  You return home one evening to find that your daughter has been kidnapped and a note telling you not to call the police, because those responsible will know if you do.  Such is the predicament that Brook Connor finds herself in when she returns home one evening to an unexpectedly empty house.  Believe it or not, things are about to get a whole lot worse for Brook as she follows the kidnapper's demands and tries to get her daughter back.  It’s hard not to admire Brook’s determination throughout the novel.  She’s an imperfect character, but I couldn’t fault her resilience and resourcefulness as she tries to find Paige. 

We Can See You is told predominantly from Brook’s perspective, with other points of view used sparingly to give a different view on Brook’s situation as well as more background on her character.  I loved the scenes with Brook in police custody which are dotted throughout the novel.  The reader knows that Brook is arrested four days after her daughter’s kidnapping (this isn't a spoiler, it's in the second chapter!), and it doesn’t take long to find out what she has been accused of.  The situation seems extremely unfair given what the reader knows, but I found the hints at Brook’s activities, which the reader is as yet unaware of, extremely compelling – I wanted to know more about what she’d done and why.  While the reader sympathises with Brook, the evidence against her is damning, and I wanted to know how events had escalated in such a short space of time. 

I thought that the pacing throughout the novel was excellent.  Like Brook, the reader feels an incredible sense of urgency to find out what has happened to Paige and who is behind it all, as well as finding out Brook’s ultimate fate.  This is an incredibly fast-paced and action-packed novel, and once it starts it really doesn’t slow down until the final page.  There were a few moments that I felt were a little over the top, but I read on wanting to know how it ended.  And what an unexpected ending!  I didn’t see it coming at all.
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We Can See You. In a normal context, this sentence can fit in with different situations. Parents warning their kids they are watching them so they better not keep pulling at the flowers. A teen rolling her eyes because she spotted her parents snogging in the kitchen. Friends laughing at someone who tried to hide and give them a scare.

Simon Kernick gives We Can See You a darker, spine-chilling meaning. Rarely had a title been so openly threatening!

I had no idea what to expect when I began reading, as this was my first book by Simon Kernick. Well, he definitely knows how to lead his readers by the nose!! What better to turn a life upside down than an empty house, a missing child, and an alarming note?

In a matter of hours, Brooke’s seemingly perfect picture as a life coach and famous writer shatters and it is not long before she finds herself alone, fighting against time and the police to retrieve her daughter Paige. I truly enjoyed the narrative format, going back and forth between the present and the previous days, from different POVs. The feeling of urgency never left me as I was racing along Brooke to find answers, only to be met with secrets, lies, and people I wasn’t sure I could trust. Imagine a ball in a maze. It bounces on a wall, violently gets sent a different way, to be slapped again on another hard, cold surface. That ball is Brooke! Every step she takes seems to add more complexity to her task. Everywhere she looks, a surprise is waiting for her. No respite for brave people! We Can See You associates a parent’s worst fear, one of the strongest case of resilience I’ve ever seen, and a relentless sense of urgency. This is an explosive mix!

With twists galore and a woman who will not let anything or anyone stand in her way, We Can See You offers many heart-stopping moments. I particularly enjoyed a detail in the novel about Brooke and her daughter Paige (you need to read to know what I’m talking about! No spoilers here!) It kept me rooting for Brooke when I sometimes felt she was getting on my nerves or when I started doubting the number of situations she got herself out of. I could feel myself rolling my eyes whenever she mentioned her self-help books, but hey, when you’ve got nothing left, you cling to what you know, right? Anyway, despite Brooke sometimes appearing as a superwoman and not a regular mom, I couldn’t help but being 1) freaked out by the whole situation 2) completely addicted by the chase 3) in dire need to know who could have eyes everywhere!

Simon Kernick brilliantly portrays a desperate but resourceful woman who encounters many obstacles but never gives up. She meets a very diverse cast of characters, each of one adding spice and turns to the plot. I liked some, pitied a few, utterly loathed others.

Isn’t it unfair to fight faceless monsters who seem to always be one step ahead? As the title suggests, Paige’s kidnappers watch Brooke, and they seem to have no boundaries. I was so frustrated to see Brooke’s tries to save her family go to waste as every door was slammed to her face. Who has such power? ARGH! The closest you get to the end, the more claustrophobic this novel becomes, as the trap set to destroy Brook closes in on her. Every time I thought I knew where the book was leading me, I found myself proved wrong as more people added their own story to the plot. Without ever forgetting the core of the chase – Paige’s abduction – Brooke must deal with jealousy, deceit, people you should not cross path with, violence, and a ruthless tension.

There is no coincidence in this book. All the threads lead one a final moment you won’t see coming. I know I didn’t!!!
Suspenseful, We Can See You is a powerful rollercoaster with an explosive ending!
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Brook lived with her husband and daughter Paige. She was a author had a good life though she knew her marriage was in trouble.and that her husband was seeing other woman.
Then Paige got kidnapped , and Brooks life fell apart.
She was told we can see you, what ever you do.
No police get the money for me, and your daughter will be returned unharmed.
Brook could not understand why the kidnapper was not asking for more money, and she realised something was wrong.
.she got the money did not involve the police. Went to meet the kidnapper at the place she was told to go to and then her husband started acting strange.
From then on Brook turned into a one woman army and started killing people and doing things she had never done in her life.
The story then turned a bit silly, how.could a mother, a wife and an author turn into a murderer.
The story was good but very far fetched.
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Menacing, twisty, and meticulous!

We Can See You is a highly suspenseful, character-driven, domestic thriller that brings a mother’s worst nightmare to life and explores the terror, chaos, and distress a ruthless kidnapper with forensic savvy and eyes everywhere can wreak.

The writing is taut and sharp. The characters are tenacious, consumed, and multifaceted. And the high-intensity plot quickly unfolds into a tangled web of danger, angst, fear, manipulation, panic, instinct, jealousy, deception, kidnapping, violence, and murder.

Overall, We Can See You is an intricately woven, vengeful, cunning mystery that has a nice sense of urgency, palpable anguish, great pace, and enough twists to keep you guessing until the very last page.
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I cannot believe that this is the first book I have read by this author. 
How have I missed such an amazing author????
A rocket powered crime thriller. From the first to the last page I was hooked. I could not put it down. Finally turning the last page in the wee hours. In places this read had me sat on the edge of my seat and tapping my kindle faster and faster. As for the ending WHAM definitely not what or who I was expecting. I have been thoroughly entertained while reading this book and I am already searching for more books from this author. An easy five stars and so Highly Recommended. A very happy reader. 
I would like to thank the author, Random House UK and Netgalley for the ARC in return for giving an honest review.
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We Can See You is my first Simon Kernick novel and certainly won't be my last. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't this!

When Brooke's daughter is kidnapped and she is told not to contact the police, she and her husband negotiate with the kidnappers a ransom. The drop off goes wrong and sets in motion a domino effect of repercussions. 

The story was explosive and the action was never-ending (in a good way). With a heartbeat of twists and turns!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Thank you so much the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary electronic copy in return for an honest review.
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This book is like a Hollywood film.  While reading it, I could see it play out on the big screen.  The kidnappers and the terrifying family.
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I read this book originally when it was first published in hardback. It's so good I just had to request a copy when I saw it on NetGalley.

Brook Connor has a high profile TV show, is a best selling author and a life coach. She seems to have the perfect family, with her handsome husband and their five year old daughter. But not all as it seems. On returning home from work late one night, she finds there is no one at home. Her daughter and her nanny are nowhere to be seen. Then she discovers a note in the kitchen informing her that her daughter has been kidnapped. After a few events happen, it's not long before Brook is on the run. The book is told in alternating chapters between Brook and the Detectives Tyrone Giant and Jenny King. There is plenty of twists and some secrets in this fast paced read from the start. The story is action packed and I was rooting all the way for Brook to find her daughter safe and sound. With tension building from the start, this is a well written and gripping story. I loved it.

I would like to thank NetGalley,Random House UK, Cornerstone and the author Simon Kernick for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I have read a few of Simon Kernick’s novels before so was delighted to be asked to go on his blog tour for ‘We Can See You’.

This is a fast-paced, exciting novel, which brings in various fragments of clever information throughout and they all hang together exceptionally well.

One evening Brook Conner arrives home to find her five-year old daughter, Paige, and her nanny, Rosa, missing.  She calls her husband, Logan, who takes his time getting home.  Conner is successful as an author and life coach.  Logan is struggling to be an actor and makes his living as a tennis coach.  There is a note on the kitchen counter with a cell phone, ‘we have your daughter. We can see you.  Do not call the police.’

Logan finally arrives home and takes control of the cell phone even though Conner is suspicious of what is happening.  We follow her through getting the ransom money and going with Logan to meet the kidnappers.  This is when it all goes wrong and the next thing we read is Conner sitting in a police interview room being grilled for more than one murder including that of her husband.

The previous four days are revealed as Conner tells her side of the story.  The two police officers are Tyrone Giant and Jenna King who are a little like chalk and cheese from a personality viewpoint.  Conner has her lawyer with her, Angie Southby, but Conner knows that her friendship has always been to Logan so isn’t clear if she will do her best.

The characters are brilliantly crafted and the plot cunningly put together with those twists, turns and inter-linking lives that found me shocked on more than one occasion.  A must read.

Thanks to NetGalley, Random House UK, Cornerstone and Simon Kernick for the ARC in return for my honest review.

Brilliant Read. Highly Recommended.
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My thanks to NetGalley and publisher Random House UK, Cornerstone, for the ARC.
This novel is a really rather fast-paced and exciting read.  So many gradually-introduced snippets of background information twist the story into a myriad of directions, until all starts to fall into place.
Brook Connor is a successful author and life-coach.  She has a good life, large house, and money.  Her husband Logan is a tennis coach and wannabe actor; Paige is their 5yr-old daughter, looked after by Rosa, her nanny who is also seen as a family member.
The story is told from 4 days previous, and moving forward, and the Now.
One Wednesday evening about 9pm Brook returns home to an ominously silent house.  She discovers Paige is missing, although her bed had been slept in.  Rosa is nowhere to be seen but her mobile is still in the house.  In her panic she phones Logan but just gets voicemail - and he's goodness-knows-where.  She finds a cellphone on the kitchen counter with a note - We Have Your Daughter;  We can See You.  Do Not Contact the Police.
When Logan does arrive home he takes charge of the new cellphone and all the instructions from the kidnappers because he says they will only talk to him.
Now - Brook is sitting in a police interview room at 12.30am Monday morning.  Detectives Tyrone Giant and Jenna King, along with Brook's attorney, Angie Southby, are there.

- "We have 3 dead bodies, and missing child, and one suspect" - and it is now that Brook starts to tell her story.

The events of the previous 4 days are gradually revealed.  They are heart-pounding, callous and shocking, but because of her profession, Brook is able to use her expertise to moderate her responses to the overwhelming situations she has found herself in.  She is determined to find her daughter.  

Just what did the deaths of her parents have anything to do with what was happening to her now?

Well, that's a mystery that will be solved for as long as you read this enthralling thriller.
Great story, good dialogue, intrigue and mystery, together with an entirely satisfactory ending, leaving no unanswered questions.
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A gripping standalone mystery thriller.
I liked the tension and the alternating chapters told from different POVs as this technique adds to the mystery.

Although I predicted some of the revelations, yet the strength of the plot held my attention and I finished it over a couple of days. I also liked the ending as it didn't leave loose ends.

Thanks Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for an ARC in exchange for an unbiased opinion.
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This title made me want to read it. It didn't disappoint, a quick read for the summer while sunning on the beach
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A really great and gripping story full of tension. I felt I couldn’t breathe at parts it was so well written. I loved the alternating chapters between characters and felt this was a great way to tell the story xxx
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