Tuesday 18 July 2023

Book ~ "The Choice" (2020) Alex Lake

From Goodreads ~ 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 kidnap. 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.

Matt had stopped at a store to pick up a few things and left his three kids in the car as he assumes he'll be in and out quickly. When he came out, his car was gone along with his kids. He soon got texts that his kids had been kidnapped and his wife, Annabelle, was the ransom ... if he wanted his kids back, they can't call the police and Annabelle had to trade herself for them 24 hours later. She agreed but they put a plan in place that will get theirs kids back and save Annabelle.

Up until this point, it was an interesting story. Then it went downhill very fast.

When the "whodunnit" was revealed, it was ridiculous ... and the "why" was even more ridiculous. My thought at this point was "REALLY??!!". The last 20% or so of the story was mostly the interaction between the kidnapper and Annabelle and was so absurd and unbelievable and didn't fit with the first part of the book.

This book is written in third person perspective in various voices (Annabelle, Matt, the kidnapper, the police, etc.) depending on where the action was. The story jumps back and forth in time from when Annabelle and Matt met, through their courtship, marriage and having children (the chapters are labeled). Though there could have been a few people who kidnapped the kids to swap for Annabelle, it became clear who the "who" was but the "why" was so farfetched. As a head's up, there is swearing and violence.

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