Review of Stay Alive – Simon Kernick

Posted: March 11, 2015 in action, Review, thriller

stay alive

Amanda arrives home unexpectedly and interrupts the torture and murder of her husband and his mistress by a depraved serial killer known as The Disciple. She manages to flee and, abandoning her whole life she changes her identity and buries herself in the peace and tranquillity of the remote Scottish wilderness.

Jess and her little sister Casey have gone canoeing with with their aunt and uncle who adopted Casey after their mum died. A shot rings out and suddenly they are fighting for their lives against armed men.   They’re chasing Amanda, who evades the killers with the girls. Then they are found by Scope, who is working at the canoe company and looking for them.

Ah Scope. I was thrilled he returned as he’s a great hero to read about. As with other Scope books there is a lot of action and it’s fast-paced and tightly plotted, with information slowly being revealed. The chapters are short and easy to follow, with them alternating from different POVs. You can jump right in as there is just enough background info given to explain things without having read previous books. The plot twist was unexpected and I really didn’t see it coming.


Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan

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