London is under attack.
People are dead. Many more lives hang in the balance as a group of highly trained gunmen storm the historic Stanhope Hotel on Park Lane.
The gunmen have given the government just five hours to meet their demands before they blow up the building.
Shots ring out. Some guests panic. Others text their loved ones. Still more try to escape. All are united by one thing: fear for their lives. All – except one man who has information so dangerous that it must be kept safe – at any price.
Darkness falls. The gunmen become increasingly violent. One question is in everybody’s minds.
Will they survive the night?
In this book, we follow multiple people’s perspectives during a hotel siege in London. In the lead up to this and to scatter the police force multiple bombs are set off in West London.
This book is super fast-paced and there is no dead space, which is something I have always liked about Simon Kernicks writing. We focus on a few main characters as they try to stay safe and away from the terrorist’s radar.
We also follow DAC Arely Dale as she is in command on the ground outside the hotel during the events, however, as time ticks on she finds out that she has to betray her comrades and put people’s lives in more danger. Her kids have been kidnaped by the same group that has taken the hotel and if she doesn’t give them some vital information they will kill her children.
I really enjoyed all of the perspectives we get in this book and I really commend Kernick for being able to set this up and have it come across really well. And I couldn’t have been more thrilled when Tina Boyd was introduced. I absolutely love her as a character she is morally grey but I have always loved her in all of Kernicks books.
I really appreciate that this is a sensitive subject but I was so glad that not all of the terrorists were people of colour, that really made a difference for me. I will always say that anyone, no matter their race or religion, who incites fear is a terrorist.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and Simon Kernick will always be one of my go-to authors.