06th Mar2013

Book Review – The Catch

by Lloyd Paige


The Catch by Tom Bale


How far do you go for a friendship? That’s the question Daniel Wade is forced to ask when a simple favour

has fatal consequences. For the sake of his old schoolmate, Robbie – and more importantly for Robbie’s

sister, Caitlin – Dan agrees to go along with a lie. But soon he’s sucked into a conspiracy that

threatens to consume them all.

How hard do you fight for a fortune? For Gordon and Patricia Blake, the dead man held the key to a

glorious future. Now that future has been ripped from their grasp, and the Blakes want to know why. Then

they want revenge.

How can you hope to survive? With a ruthless predator on their trail, Dan realises that evading justice

is the least of their worries. All that matters now is staying alive.

Tom Bale writes full time and lives in Brighton. He has amongst other things, been a retail assistant, claims negotiator and an office manager .

The Review

The Catch stretches the boundaries of friendship as far as it will go when Dan Wade agrees to help out his friend Robbie. At a pre-arranged meeting, Robbie attempts to settle financially with the man whose property he rented out to be filmed in without permission and it should all go according to plan, but fiendish Hank O’Brien refuses to play along or to be pushed around. Even with Robbie’s sister Caitlin pulled in to help as well. Things get out of hand and later when O’Brien is found dead, the roof caves in on all three of them.

A wealthy couple want to know what happened to O’Brien because his death throws a spanner in the works of their own plans. So they employ a ruthless predator in Stemper and it isn’t too long before you begin to realise that he enjoys his work. Meanwhile ladies’ man Robbie, wants to clear up the mess without involving the police and without accepting any responsibility for the fact he’s the cause of most of the problems. And boy do they just keep piling up one after the other.

Author Tom Bale throws in a sprinkle of other issues for the characters to deal to. For example Caitlin feels lonely but is still in contact with her ex-husband, Dan is the man of his house with a dream of one day owning a cafe, yet the pressure of their secret weighs him down. As for Robbie, he’s just out for himself. There are a few light hearted moments, especially when Robbie has a close encounter with a woman he feels doesn’t scrub up well and one he’d rather not get up close and personal with.

It’s a big read at over five-hundred pages but Bale manages to keep the momentum going by switching between the lives of the various characters while keeping his eye on the overall theme. Everybody’s after something and just when it appears to be in reach, Dan seems to be the only one that realises, there’s always a catch.

The Catch is published by Preface £12.99

Order The Catch here.


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