Saturday 3 March 2018

BLOG BLITZ: I Know Where You Live - Pat Young

Penny believes she’s being watched. Yet no one should know where she lives.
Penny seizes the chance of a new life for her family when her husband is offered a job in Europe.
At the airport, they meet charming Sophie, fluent in French and looking for work as an au pair. Penny, struggling to cope in France, offers Sophie a job and she soon becomes an important part of the family’s life. But Sophie is hiding something.
Then Penny’s toddler son, Ethan, is abducted and an international hunt for the child begins. The police beg Penny and her husband to take part in a television appeal but the couple refuse. Unknown to the police, Penny and Seth have new identities and are determined to lay low and protect them. But it may be too late for that.
Who has taken Ethan and why?
Are the couple’s true identities linked to the abduction?
And who has been watching them?
To save her son Penny may have to put her own life on the line.

What did I think?

I was greatly impressed with Pat Young's debut, Till the Dust Settles, so I didn't hesitate when presented with the opportunity to join the blog blitz for her second novel, I Know Where You Live.  As this is a sequel I would recommend reading Till the Dust Settles first, although you could get away with reading this as a standalone as it might make the story more believable (which I will explain shortly).

Lucie and Dylan are now known as Penny and Seth Gates: identities that have been created to keep them safe whilst in witness protection.  They have two children, Angeline and Ethan and have taken the decision to swap Texas for France.  After 10 years, surely they're safe now?  It is whilst at the airport that they are befriended by stranger, Sophie, and, knowing Lucie/Penny as I thought I did, this is where the story became quite unbelievable as she entrusts this stranger with her children.  You're in witness protection, you feel like you're being watched, then you hand your children over to a stranger you meet in an airport!  I know it is fiction, but it does need that nugget of possibility to draw the reader into the story which is why I think that someone who hasn't read Till the Dust Settles would perhaps accept the storyline more.  

Putting my disbelief to one side, I did get engrossed in the story and Ethan is so unbelievably cute that I was devastated when he was taken.  I really felt for Penny and Seth as they struggled with the decision to make a televised appeal that would reveal their identities and put themselves and Angeline in danger.  

I love Pat Young's style of writing; I feel like the book is almost speaking to me as she gives each character a unique voice.  I loved seeing the transformation from frightened Lucie into happy and secure Penny with her husband and children by her side.  I Know Where You Live is a good follow up to Till the Dust Settles but my niggling disbelief meant that it didn't scoop all of the stars like its predecessor.  

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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