Linus has run away from home. Now entrapped in an underground bunker somewhere in Essex, England, his fight for survival begins.
Joined by five others, Linus and his counterparts do everything they can to live. But they are being watched by their captor all the time. As the struggle for sanity and escape begin to diminish rapidly, all they can do is hope.
Several escape attempts land them in huge trouble, and each time they are punished more severely than the last.
Soon, everything including time and manners and cleanliness pail into insignificance, and rifts begin to appear between the six kidnap victims. No one knows who to trust, or if any one of them has any hidden agendas, and it soon becomes clear that they are never going to escape from their underground prison.
The story is a cleverly woven mix of mystery, increasing tension, lies, brilliantly thought out escape plans and an altogether unexpected ending that will shock you.
This book was an enthralling, challenging and ultimately dark tale of losing hope, sanity, and faith. A must for fans of Patrick Ness’s writing style, or the book ‘Black Helicopters’ by Blythe Woolston.
I am anticipating reading many more exquisite stories from Kevin Brooks in the near future. Definitely a talented author.