Title: The Curfew
Author: T.M. Logan
Published: May 3rd 2022
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Thriller, Suspense
Rating: 5 stars
Your son said he was home. WHY DID HE LIE?
The new up-all-night thriller from the author of The Holiday, now a major NETFLIX Drama.
I should have known something was wrong. I should have sensed it. Felt it in the air, like the build-up of pressure before a thunderstorm, that heavy, loaded calm.
Andy and Laura are good parents. They tell their son Connor that he can go out with friends to celebrate completing his exams, but he must be home by midnight.
When Connor misses his curfew, it sets off a series of events that will change the lives of five families forever.
Because five teenagers went into the woods that night, but only four came out. And telling the truth might mean losing everything…
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Master of the up-all-night thriller T.M. Logan is back with tale that send shivers down the spine of any parent. A domestic suspense tale, The Curfew is a topical novel that looks closely at parenting, teenage relationships, obsession, lies and honesty. I really loved my introduction T.M. Logan’s work.
In The Curfew five teenagers meet to do what teenagers do – drink and party. Connor Boyd makes a mistake when he doesn’t come home on his agreed curfew time, after celebrating the end of his exams. This rather minor error of judgement causes a ripple effect in the days to come. Connor’s decisions and actions impact not just his own family, but the families of the friends he was partying with the night he failed to come home on time. For the teenagers involved in the party in the woods, the devastating circumstances of this event results in the shocking disappearance of one member of this group. Will the truth be revealed – even if it means risks need to be taken?
Nottinghamshire resident T.M. Logan has managed to sell over a million copies of his books in the UK. I am a newcomer to this successful thriller writer’s work, but I’m happy to call myself a fan of this British author’s writing. Taut, compelling, addictive and nerve-wracking, I highly endorse The Curfew.
The opening premise of The Curfew immediately reeled me in. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from Logan’s intriguing set-up, but I was happy to go along for the ride. Logan issues his readers with plenty of little clues, titbits and plot diversions. Each chapter seemed to close with a final hook, which urges the reader to turn the pages quickly and continue reading on. I was taken in by each of the viewpoints and testimonies of the various narrators of The Curfew. Logan had a solid handle on the different voices of his cast, from the parents, the teens at the party, siblings, neighbours and the investigating police officers. Even the dog in the tale was clearly represented by the author.
Logan touches on some relevant and current issues within his engrossing narrative. With a focus on dating, relationships, obsession, social media, bullying, education, consent, drug use, teen drinking, limitations, rules, friendships, protection, loyalty, parenting and family relationships, Logan has all bases covered. The Curfew puts the reader in an uncomfortable position, especially in relation to parenting a teen, this one warned me of what I might be facing as a parent in just a few years time. It really is a scary world out there for teens and their parents, which is outlined honestly by Logan. The Curfew also looks at some other pertinent themes around fame, celebrity status, loss, grief, illness, sibling ties, marriage and developmental disorders. In addition, I thought the policing aspect of The Curfew rang very true in my eyes. DS Shar was sharp, commanding and very credible. The last-minute saviour and winner in my opinion was Harriet, Connor Boyd’s younger sister. What a little mastermind!
I half predicated what happened to the missing person in this tale, but I was slightly off the scent! Logan is quite the manipulator and a few twists completely jolted me off course. I think the narration keep me wholly engaged with this one, it’s another winner for Richard Armitage! I highly recommend the Audible version of The Curfew if you are a member of this service.
The Curfew by T.M. Logan was published on 3rd May 2022 by Bonnier. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.
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