Thursday, March 25, 2021

Book Review: The Choice

I am loving a lot of the books I've gotten for review this year, this is just another home run for me and as soon as you read the synopsis, you'll want to read it too!

The Choice - Alex Lake

A kidnap…
Matt Westbrook only turned his back for a moment. But when he looks around, his car – with his three young children inside – has vanished.

A ransom…
Panicked, Matt assumes a car thief has got more than he bargained for, but then he starts to receive text messages: This is a ransom. If you want to see your children again, you will exchange them for your wife.

A choice…
Matt and his wife Annabelle are horrified. They can’t involve the police, or their children will be killed. Which means they have to choose: Annabelle, or their children. Either option is unthinkable. But one is inevitable. And they have only hours to make their decision…
Woooosh... so let's just think about that. Can you imagine having to choose between your spouse or your children? I mean, really think about that. I feel like it is a Sophie's Choice kind of thing, both options are terrible and no matter what you choose, could you ever really go on to be happy? I mean, you have to assume worst case scenario, the person(s) you don't choose would likely be tortured and probably killed, who could make that kind of choice? 

I was worried that this would be a slow read but that was not the case at all. The chapters are very short and there are alternating POV's but it isn't confusing or hard to keep track of. We follow Matt and Annabelle from shortly before they meet each other in college, how their relationship started, continuing on until present day. You find yourself trying to figure out who this nut job is, it is abundantly clear it is someone who knows them but who? 

I absolutely loved this one and was sucked in immediately. I had a hard time putting it down for bed and what a ride it was. By the time we find out who it is, the danger isn't over because this person is still running the show. I have so much I want to say, and more I want to ask other people who've read this because I was on edge throughout the whole thing. It isn't just the thriller part that was a hit, I loved the relationship Matt and Annabelle has. Outsiders don't really get it but to them, it's perfect. I feel like a lot of us know at least one couple where we wonder what the heck they see in the other, but it really is perfect from their perspective. I just really loved the whole aspect in conjunction with the thriller piece. I also love that the author gave us SO MANY potential suspects in the years leading up to the abduction, all of them are good ones but in different ways. I kind of suspected the person it was but I was kind of torn between two so it wasn't a slam dunk. 

I highly enjoyed this one and I think you will too. A huge thank you to Harper360 for having me on this tour- what a book to sink into. 

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Why Girls Are Weird said...

I keep seeing you talk about this book and I totally need to get my hands on it, looks so good!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Man, this just sounds fantastic. Such an impossible choice, and I love that it has quick chapters that keep you going.