A Window Breaks by C. M. Ewan
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Published: Feb 2020, Panmacmillan
Swathi’s Rating: 4/5
About the Book:
You are asleep. A noise wakes you. You stir, unsure why, and turn to your partner. Then you hear it. Glass. Crunching underfoot. Your worst fears are about to be realized.
Someone is inside your home. Your choices are limited.
You can run.
Or stay and fight.
What would you do?
Something bad has happened to Tom, Rachel and their 13 year daughter Holly. After loosing their son Michael in a terrible car accident, the couple have never been same again, In fact, Tom has distanced himself from his wife and family haunted by guilt and sadness all at once. Meanwhile, Rachel is still shattered and not ready to accept the fact that her teenage son simply took his das’s audi and drove rashly killing his poor girlfriend who sat next to him in the car! It’s just not possible.
To worsen things, the family is attacked in a gully after a late night dinner with Tom’s boss leaving them hurt and terrified. It is one reason they decide to stay at Lionel’s lodge for a getaway from the city. The lodge is in the middle of nowhere and it’s nothing like they’d imagined. For once, the security around the lodge is tight and fenced to keep the intruders away! Or is it designed to keep the residents of the lodge inside? Everything around there is dodgy and creeps the hell out of the family. Midnight falls and the kitchen window cracks. Two men masked and dressed in overalls are already inside the lodge, tranquilising the family dog and threatening to kill them overnight! Tom is terrified to the core and oblivious to what is going on – let alone why these men want to kill his family badly. After he is just a corporate lawyer and husband to a GP living a simple life. More and more secrets unravel as he is left with betrayal, deceit and million unanswered questions clinging to his mind. What follows is the terrific night that threatens to destroy a family and their struggle to survive from the worst nightmare of their lives.
Ewans writes a brilliant riddle of a book that poses million questions rather than answers until the very last. I can feel my little heart thumping and fingers turning the pages in a godly speed just after 100 pages into the book. The cat and mouse chase between the intruders and the family is chilling and dramatic and I can’t help but root for them to run faster and fight against the odds. Beat the crap out of them, I say! Hats off to Chris Ewans for the action-packed narration and the high-octane cliffhangers. Highly recommended thriller of the year.
Sincere gratitude to the publicist for my early proof of the book. All opinions are solely mine and unbiased.
Meet the Author:
Chris Ewan is the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of many mystery and thriller novels. Chris’s first standalone thriller, Safe House, was a number one bestseller in the UK and was shortlisted for The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. He is also the author of the thrillers Dead Lineand Dark Tides and the Kindle Single short story, Scarlett Point. He is the author of The Good Thief’s Guide to . . . series of mystery novels. The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam won the Long Barn Books First Novel Award and is published in thirteen countries. Born in Taunton in 1976, Chris graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in American Studies with a minor in Canadian Literature, and later trained as a lawyer. After eleven years living on the Isle of Man, he recently returned home to Somerset with his wife, their daughter and the family labrador, where he writes full time.