If they'd known what was in store for them, they would have been happy to forgo their daily fix and avoid the Tuckbox Cafe in Balham, London, at all cost. But in the randomness of everyday life, five strangers do not have this foresight, and it is their bad luck to be taken hostage by a seemingly crazed gunman who has just shot the cafe owner.
In the tense hours that follow as the hostages and the police negotiators attempt to make sense of the situation and prevent it from escalating, their lives are slowly laid bare.
Compassionate and compelling, this is a hostage drama with heart that will have you the reader also experiencing Stockholm Syndrome.
Wow, what a book. Page turner from the get go. Everyone loved the book and couldn't put it down. Not everything is what it seems!
Every one of us enjoyed this book. It affected us all but in different ways - we all ended up feeling sorry for Sam, although not initially. Some of us felt the story had a 'happy ending' feel to it but others thought that might have happened and liked that it ended that way. Great story with great stories within the story...loved it. We would all like to read more of her books.
All except one thoroughly enjoyed this book, we are Charity Norman fans, some happy to read it for the second time. We thought the characterisation was excellent, so clever of the author to gain our sympathy with the villain. Our only criticism was the ending was a little too tidy.
Our group scored this book 7.6/10. Most members found it an easy, compelling read with good themes. It was nice to have a range of stories captured in the main story. However some of us wanted more depth in some parts of the books, specifically with some of the other story lines.
We all enjoyed this book, and it generated lots of discussion. We were glad Robert died at the beginning so that we didn't have to listen to his story, and possibly gain sympathy for him! Our discussion became very wide ranging.
We gave this book 4.61/5. We all loved this book. Well developed, realistic and relatable characters with interesting back stories. A fabulous read from a wonderful author.
We really found this compelling reading. Charity Norman does not disappoint. Captures facets of human nature well.
Suspenseful, great characters, a worthwhile read.
Another great read by Charity Norman. The entire group enjoyed this book, well worth a read.
Good read - we all enjoyed it. Good writing. Hard to put down when you start to read it. Created a good discussion on the characters. Would definitely read another of her books.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the book and thought it was an easy read and well-written. We have read two other books by Charity Norman, and she never fails to deliver a good story.
All but one loved it.
We all really enjoyed this book - it makes you realise that everyone has a story.
A great page turner. We liked the way the characters' back stories were slowly unveiled. Not a deep and memorable read, as some of our more disturbing books have been - an easy read with no real feeling of danger or fear.
Good story, excellent characters, quite believable. All except for the resolution chapter - a bit "airy fairy" compared to the rest.
We all really enjoyed this book. Insightful, great characters and attention to detail. Interesting style - written from the viewpoint of each main character in this hostage setting.
An attention grabber!
We all enjoyed this book - an easy read.
Gripping - a group favourite!
One of the best books we've read this year! An enjoyable yet harrowing book that was a quick easy read.
We all enjoyed this book. Very readable. We enjoyed the way the author cleverly revealed the personal stories of the diverse characters, and how, under stress, they learnt to understand and support each other. She had a real understanding of human nature.
Absolute group favourite! The style of writing adds to the depth of the character development. Each character unfolds on their own and yet is in perfect harmony with the story as a whole.
Unusually we ALL enjoyed this book immensely. We warmed to the characters and loved her writing.