#BookReview of Now You See Me by Chris McGeorge @crmcgeorge @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #nowyouseeme

Posted June 17, 2019 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 0 Comments

Now You See Me by Chris McGeorge
Published by Orion on June 13, 2019
Pages: 302
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Six people went in. Only one came out...

Introducing Standedge Tunnel: the longest canal tunnel in England.

Last year six students went in, and two and a half hours later, the boat reappeared on the other side with only one of the students, unconscious, and the dog.

The case of the Standedge Six was largely kept from the national media. The police investigation concluded that the only remaining student, Matthew, killed his friends, hid the bodies on the boat and returned later to move them to an undisclosed location.

Matthew is in prison . . . but maintains he is innocent.

Robert Ferringham is grieving for his missing wife, Sam. So when Matthew contacts him for help with his case, promising information on Sam, Robert has no choice but to help. But can he trust Matthew?

And how will he solve the insolvable case?

My Review

Right well, do I start? Do I talk about a twist I did not see coming? How the story was exquisite and the writing gripped me? How I was so drawn into Robin and Matthews plight to find out the truth? How did one person survive the most claustrophobic ordeal?

Now You See Me absolutely blew me away! I had no idea where this story was going until I got to the point the “story” was unfurling and then I was like OMFG!! How did I not see this!! The premise for this story was so claustrophobic in the Standedge tunnels! I have been googling the tunnels and as much as I am freaked out I want to visit them! I loved the setting, I loved the twists and turns, I love how the obvious really was not obvious (don’t worry it’s not a spoiler alert)

This is an introduction to McGeorge for me, and already I want to catch up with Guess Who and I am dying for a follow up to Now You See Me. Maybe the Red Door and Sally could have a feature! I think so!

This story then, Robin who is not ready to accept that his missing wife Sam could have left, or worst. Given a lifeline, is it one he can trust? Does someone know what might have happened that fateful night she disappeared? Matthew, heeding Robin to help him, but is he as innocent as he protests? I spent half the book wondering what the hell was going on and the other half wondering how I didn’t know what the hell was going on!! It just had me completely enthralled and I didn’t want to stop reading it!

The close-knit community is always one that fascinates me. I love stories set like that, and this one emphasised how close-knit this was. Even though the Standedge five were missing presumed dead, they wanted to move on with their lives and regain composure in the community and not to become a circus. However, with outside influences this is not the case, everyone is heavily invested in the outcome of this case, and some not for the right reasons.

I really can not express how exceptional I found the writing and the plotline to be. Upon reflection, I can’t believe I missed everything shown to me right in my face. I took the book for face value and enjoyed the ride. How wrong was I not to scratch more of the surface to see what was shown to me!

I really do recommend this to everyone it! I found myself pacing through the book rapidly and then when the intensity and the actions died down for a bit I took a breath before I became rampant at reading this book again! How the author describes the surroundings and the tunnels really drives home how claustrophobic it is, how dangerous it is but also how magical these tunnels could be in the right hands. Seriously, please go and read this!

Until next time xxx

Thanks to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for the tour invite and the author for a copy of their book in return for my honest and unbiased review

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