The book starts by dropping right in on the action, with Hannah and her husband and daughter on the run from whatever is trying to kill them all. It’s a strong pace that never really lets up so this is a good one to get stuck into if you want to get well and truly caught up in some drama. In short, Hannah is on the run from Jakab, a shapechanging bundle of malevolence whose only purpose in life is wreaking violent havoc on Hannah’s family. A member of the ancient Hungarian Hosszu Eletek, Jakab can shift his shape to look and sound like anybody he wants and has centuries of experience of blending in amongst friends and family to home in on his victims. It and he is genuinely creepy and weaves tension through even the more mundane conversations. The idea of ‘validating’ friends and family and exchanging secrets to trade when under pressure works well, even if it is a little overdone by the end.
Date finished: 15 February 2014
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley – thanks, Headline!
Genre: Fantasy fiction
Pictured edition published: by Headline in July 2013