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Summary

Do you know where your kids are?

The up-all-night thriller from the Sunday Times best-selling author of Richard and Judy pick The Holiday and The Catch.

I should have known something was wrong. I should have sensed it. Felt it in the air, like the build-up of pressure before a thunderstorm, that heavy, loaded calm.

The curfew...

Andy and Laura are good parents. They tell their son, Connor, that he can go out with friends to celebrate completing his exams, but he must be home by midnight.

The lie...

When Connor misses his curfew, it sets off a series of events that will change the lives of five families forever.

The truth?

Because five teenagers went into the woods that night, but only four came out. And telling the truth might mean losing everything....

What would you do?

©2022 T.M. Logan (P)2022 Bonnier Books UK

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So many dull people, could not seem to care ...

As a TM Logan fan, this was a huge disappointment. Kept waiting for it to get better but it was just drab unlikeable people in a lacklustre plot. I say a TM Logan fan but actually in fairness I liked the book before "Trust Me" this one much less and also found "29 Seconds" preposterous. So really just a fan of "Lies". "The Catch" and "The Holiday".

I struggled through this, fell asleep numerous times (I did say it was dull) and finally woke up for the reveal, which was underwhelming.

Sadly I have found the last two thrillers also very disappointing "Reputation" by Sarah Vaughan and much hyped latest by Lucy Foley "The Paris Apartment" and this will be another one I find is not worth a credit.

The narration is like listening to a rather mundane maths teacher, not bad but does not lend anything to lift this equally mundane story.

The characters are like flat pack family members - The (dull) Dad - Unmemorable Mum - Angsty Teen Son - Sparky nerdy little sister - more dreary family members with depressing terminal illness backstory. Even a C list celeb cannot inject any excitement into this flat, domestic drama. Endless Dad unable to keep up with tech and being amazed at those who can. Dad also unable to keep up with social strata at school.

Real life is more exciting than this book which grinded along much like the cogs in "Dad's" brain as he desperately tried to keep up with things observed by his cleverer but distant shadowy wife who comes across as completely bored and disengaged with him too.

Gosh, it all sounds like TM Logan picked the brains of techy teens for this one and it all came across as leaned by rote - it would be quicker and more entertaining to instead watch the YouTube tutorials the daughter is so keen on for those who are not familiar with IT.

The actual crime itself seemed very forced and explanation seemed very unlikely.
The detectives were also colourless characters more like cardboard cutouts

I do not have teenage children so no real interest in learning the minutiae of their daily lives, I did not enjoy IT being endlessly explained as I did already know about routers and IP addresses unlike the clueless Dad. Frankly this book was more boring than my own life which is certainly not what I look for in a book as hoping for some escape, some twisty thriller to keep me gripped but this was just so very very lacking in intrigue.

Dull one dimensional characters led by desperately dreary Dad, dreary domesticity, all the weariness of coping with teens, too many tutorials on IT, depressing terminal illness, trolling, spiking, hacking, family disagreements ............ for anyone who has the luxury of not waiting up for teens to come home .... I recommend you do not find out as needless torture,

Will I be looking forward to TM's next offering "9 Years".? Well going by the preview chapter included at the end of the audiobook,it manages to be more exciting in a few sentences than the whole of "The Curfew"

So maybe although it does hint it is all about babies, so maybe not.

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Gripping story

Highly enjoyable. Not predictable. Very well researched. At turns, frightening, infuriating and endearing. Good understanding of teenage behaviour/emotions. Richard Armitage's narration is truly excellent - even his female and children's voices are really good.

The only reason I have not given the story 5* as I have all the previous books is because the main character is such an idiot: for a GP his actions/reactions/knowledge is frankly unbelievable at times - even for a father under extreme stress. It made me really cross as a plot device shouldn't spoil the believability of the characters. As an very small example: on an occasion when someone is missing there is a perfect opportunity for Andy to use the family dog to locate that person .. does he do so? No, he doesn't even call the dog's name - which is what any half intelligent person would do. The result increases the tension but frankly it's just not believable. There are a few situations like that which had me (v unusually) shouting instructions! Ultimately, all of this makes Andy look a bit useless and even a bit thick (experienced GP?!) but serves to emphasise the strength of the female characters. Overall 5 stars - saved by Richard Armitage's brilliant reading.

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absolutely gripping

I love everything about this book ,it was amazing 👏 thank you for writing this history

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Kathryn

loved it well written. Richard Armitage performance is very good ,really draws you into story

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Another excellent book

Brilliant! Loved the story, likeable characters (most of them) and the narrator is 5 star. Worth a credit

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Really Enjoyed, Great Listen

This is my type of book, relatable characters, good story which kept me hooked and guessing until the end.

I looked for others by this author after but realised I had already listened to them all and enjoyed them.

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Gripping and really good narration

Love the twist and turns from this book. I couldn’t put it down. Would definitely recommend this book and would be looking forward to reading more books from this author

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Loved it, fast paced, twists and turns

First book of TM Logan I have read, kept me enthralled and wanting to know more. Throughly good read and well narrated.

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Definitely an up all night, wondering ....if..

Excellent story told by an exceptional narrator. Just did not want it to end, but....

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5 1/2 *

Very enjoyable. Well written. Excellently narrated by Richard Armitage, who only rarely fails on that count or chooses a book I don’t enjoy.

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Couldn’t stop listening

This book got me hooked; I couldn’t stop listening to hear the story unfold. A true ‘whodunnit’ or ‘whathappened’. Great story and as always great narration by Richard Armitage.