Title: The Box
Author: Dan Malakin
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publication Date: 16th June 2022
To save your child you must open The Box…
Ed Truman’s family is falling apart. His daughter Ally is being targeted by an alt-right incel organisation, Men Together. His house is being picketed, former clients are accusing him of sexual assault, his son won’t speak to him. And then Ally disappears.
Frantic, Ed suspects that Men Together have abducted her. But before he can go to the police, his DNA is found on the body of a young woman. Suddenly he’s the subject of a nationwide manhunt, led by the tenacious DCI Jackie Rose. Ed finds himself on the run with Ally’s friend, Phoenix, who claims to know where Ally is. But what is the truth? Is Ed a violent sexual predator? Or is he the victim of a ruthless conspiracy? The answers are in The Box. But not everyone who goes in, comes out alive…
The Box starts off with a pretty terrifying prologue that introduces the reader to the titular Box. It had me intrigued right away and things got more and more tense as the story progressed. We follow Ed, a relatively average man whose life has started to implode. His daughter has become the target of an odious alt-right incel group, so when she goes missing Ed is understandably petrified they are involved. Unfortunately Ed himself soon becomes a suspect in the murder of a young woman and finds himself on the run from the police and trying to find his daughter with the help of one of her friends, Phoenix.
The Box is an incredibly propulsive thriller which covers some dark topics that feel depressingly familiar in today’s society. The Men Together group is horrifyingly plausible and The Box also delves into areas such as privacy online and complex conspiracies which are truly chilling. I found this a genuinely unsettling and compelling thriller which will stick in my mind for a long time.
I kindly received a copy of the book from the publisher. Huge thanks to Angana for the proof and blog tour invite. My review is entirely my own honest opinion.
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