Thriller blends engrossing with unsettling

You’re Next, by Gregg Hurwitz (Sphere, RRP $30):

Mike Wingate and his family are thrown into mortal danger when a crippled stranger approaches him at a party and utters the words: “I know you, don’t I?”

Those five simple words become threats, which then become attacks that make it clear Mike and his family aren’t safe anywhere. Not even in their own home.

After being labelled a terrorist, Mike ends up on the run and has no idea why this is happening to him.

I really enjoyed the intrigue and the cleverly subtle clues as to who the baddies were as I worked my way through this book.

Like so many good thrillers, this one is based on secrets and fear. And from the first chapter – where a father abandons his four-year-old son in an empty playground – this story manages to be a perfect blend of engrossing and unsettling.

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