THE BOX By Dan Malakin @ViperBooks @DanMalakin #TheBox #BookReview

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SYNOPSIS

To save your child you must open The Box…

Ed Truman’s family is falling apart. His daughter Ally is being targeted by an alt-right incel organisation, Men Together. His house is being picketed, former clients are accusing him of sexual assault, his son won’t speak to him. And then Ally disappears.

Frantic, Ed suspects that Men Together have abducted her. But before he can go to the police, his DNA is found on the body of a young woman. Suddenly he’s the subject of a nationwide manhunt, led by the tenacious DCI Jackie Rose. Ed finds himself on the run with Ally’s friend, Phoenix, who claims to know where Ally is. But what is the truth? Is Ed a violent sexual predator? Or is he the victim of a ruthless conspiracy? The answers are in The Box. But not everyone who goes in, comes out alive…

MY REVIEW

What a read. Are you looking for the next book to draw you in from the first page and keep you completely gripped. This is the book you should be reading. What is The Box? What is it used for?

The opening scenes of this will draw you in, who is inside the box? What is going on? Ed Truman is a good man, he a solicitor he lives his wife and his two children, but things aren’t going great in his home life. He knows he’s drinking a little too much, he no longer knows how to communicate with his teenage children Mitchell spends all of his time in his room in his computer, Ally is now off out with her friends or on protest marches.

But when Ally isn’t home for their usual Friday dinner together as a family Ed becomes worried. Where is Ally? When his wife Gabrielle gets a text message she believe’s to be from Ally she tell’s Ed that all is ok. But when Ed reads the message he is not convinced it’s from his daughter, but if it’s not who is it from.

Ally has been being harassed by an Alt-Right group who have odd ideas of women’s rights, along with trans right’s the group is completely homophobic. But Ally had asked her dad to serve an injunction on the group who are harassing her. Now they are also beginning to attack him. Demanding that he takes the injunction down. Is Ally being missing something to do with this?

This is one gripping, engrossing, read. I enjoyed the dynamics between Ed and his wife and son probably a more typical relationship than we think. Gabrielle is annoyed she has spent so many years at home raising the children, now she wants to focus on her talents. The family aren’t perfect but how many families are? When a woman is found dead she has some of Ed’s hair in her hand but how? We then meet Detective Jackie Rose, she is a tough detective, head of serious crimes division. She has reasons for being the way she is which is gradually revealed throughout the plot. Her new recruit Charlotte had been looking forward to working with Jackie, but some of the things she witnesses are things she doesn’t agree with. Causing some disagreements between the two.

This is a pretty dark subject matter, but it is brilliantly written, the plot works well, all of the characters are good. The bad are bad and the good are good. All of them whichever side are believable, some relatable. But the group calling themselves Men Together will really hit you hard it’s an uncle group, they target young boys, who are more likely to be pliable, easy to manipulate. I loved watching how Ed went from a man who didn’t really know how to find his daughter, who abides by the law every step of the way, to becoming a man in a mission of finding his daughter and bringing her home. With a few twists and surprises you didn’t expect this is a terrific read. I was struggling to know what I wanted to read, had picked a couple of other books up but then grabbed this one and couldn’t put it down.

An absolute ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read. Thank you to Dan Malakin for my copy that I won in a competition on Twitter. I can’t wait to see what this author writes next. For me this was up there with the likes of Harlen Coben, or Lynwood Barclay.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Malakin has twice been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, and his debut novel, The Regret, was a Kindle bestseller. When not writing thrillers, Dan works as a data security consultant, teaching corporations how to protect themselves from hackers. He lives in North London with his wife and daughter.

His new novel, a crime thriller called The Box, will be released by Viper Books in June 2022


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