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The Choice by Jake Cross


‘You’ve got to help me,’ she pleads.
On a wet road in the black of night, Karl Seabury is driving home to his pregnant wife. Suddenly, caught in his headlights in the middle of the road is a woman shaking with fright.

The woman says her name is Liz Smith, that her home was attacked, and that she was the only one to escape.

In a split-second decision, Karl decides to help her to safety. But Liz is hiding a dark secret and now his good deed has put his family in terrible danger…


*Synopsis and photo from Goodreads


*Thank you to the publisher, Bookouture, and NetGalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review.

It never occurs to Karl Seabury’s mind that his act of kindness by helping a terrified woman in the middle of the road will bring not only chaos but danger into his and his pregnant wife’s life. She said her name is Liz Smith and there are some guys who attacked her home. Despite advising her to go to the police, Liz was adamant to wait until the next day and let her husband take care of everything. Against his better judgment, Karl has no choice but to take her into his shop instead so as not to worry his wife with whatever problem Liz is dealing with. But what if you found out that the woman you helped lied and the next thing you know, you are running for your life? It turns out Liz’ husband is a mobster leader and there are a lot of people out there that he pissed off. Now, they are out to get him and his wife at all cost. But Karl gets in their way. Will Karl be able to save himself, Liz, and most importantly, his wife and their unborn child from the criminals that seem hell-bent on getting their hands on them.

The Choice is not if action-packed and super intense crime thriller. But in order to fully enjoy it, you may have you suspend your disbelief, and early on at that. Because Karl, instead of going to the police to report what Liz claimed as an attack on her home, bring her to his shop to spend the night. Sure, a complete stranger on your business with men after her yet still avoiding the police. Not dodgy at all. All through the book is a thrilling cat and mouse chase which spans in a matter of only one day with Liz and Karl running for their life. But as much as I enjoy a good thriller story, there are a lot of unconvincing things that most of the characters in the book are doing and it is just so hard for me to take it seriously when you question everything they do. The bad guy was also revealed a little too early for my liking though as to why he’s doing it remains a mystery right until the end. Something that doesn’t give me satisfaction because by that point I just want to finish the book and move on to the next. I feel spent with all the things that happened like I’m the one running. It was a laborious read. Even the characters are a struggle to connect to. But I still think of it as a solid debut considering the issues I’ve had. Maybe there are some out there that will enjoy it more than I did. It is not a bad one after all.




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