See How They Run by Tom Bale

Tom Bale

Where do I even begin with this review?! First off, when I wrote this review I had no blurb or cover image as it was that new!!!

When I got an email from the lovely ladies at Bookouture, I knew it was only going to be something good. I had no idea it was going to be AMAZING!!! However, when Keshini said she hadn’t felt this excited about a book since Angela Marson’s Silent Scream, I knew it had to be a winner!

Anyway, onto the business of finding the words to explain See How They Run…

About the book:

How far would you go to save your family?
In the dead of night, new parents Alice and Harry French are plunged into their worst nightmare when they wake to find masked men in their bedroom. Men ruthless enough to threaten their baby daughter, Evie.

This is no burglary gone wrong.
The intruders know who they’re looking for – a man called Edward Renshaw.
And they are prepared to kill to get to him.

When the men leave empty handed, little do Alice and Harry realise that their nightmare is just beginning. Is it a case of mistaken identity? Who is Renshaw? And what is he hiding?

One thing is clear – they already know too much.

As Alice and Harry are separated in the run for their lives, there is no time for breathe in their fight to be reunited. And with their attackers closing in, there is only a choice:



My thoughs:

I’ve read hundreds of books, or hundreds of thrillers specifically, and not in a LOOOOOOOOOONG time has a book’s opening made my skin crawl the way See How They Run did. I am not squeamish, but for want of a better phrase, it gave me the heebie jeebies. But I couldn’t stop reading!!! I read 50% in one sitting!!

Harry, Alice and 8 week old Evie are all asleep in bed when Harry hears a noise. in his sleepy state, he’s unsure if it’s that he was dreaming and woke up, or whether there was an actual noise somewhere in the house. All of a sudden, chaos ensues as Harry realises there are intruders in their house, IN THEIR ROOM!!!!!!!

See How They Run starts off with a shock. That shock makes you keep turning the pages until the very last line. It is a superbly well written tale, with so many different avenues and turns. It shakes you, disgusts you, frightens you and angers you in equal measure at times.

The characters are brilliant, and they each have their own narrative running alongside the main plot. Not one part of this book made me think “oh, that shouldn’t really be happening”, which is great as it means the story flows really well.

Tom Bale’s writing, for me, was reminiscent of Linwood Barclay’s storytelling. Fast paced, shocking turns and thrilling scenes which make the reader focus purely on the characters plight within the pages.

See How They Run is a fantastically thrilling whirlwind of a book. It is a tense, masterful lesson in putting ordinary characters into extraordinary circumstances and watching the story unfold. A highly entertaining 5 star read for me! 🙂

Happy reading 🙂


SEE HOW THEY RUN by Tom Bale – Pub date: 6th May




About Tom Bale:


Tom Bale decided that he wanted to be an author from the age of seven but, after another career got in the way, it wasn’t until much later that his dream was fulfilled.  After several books with Random House, Tom signed with Bookouture for two stunning ‘everyman’ thrillers.



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13 thoughts on “See How They Run by Tom Bale

  1. Fab review, Kate. I loved it too. I also read another of his a couple years ago called Skin and Bones that I really enjoyed.

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