Nick Hunter is about to find out. He made a colossal mistake when he was barely out of school and now his whole world is in jeopardy as he races against the clock to save his family and his business from disaster.
In 1979 Hunter heads to London, and a squat in Notting Hill, with dreams of musical success. With his fellow squatters he forms a band and they record four short songs before tensions and misunderstandings drive them apart. Nick lies and tells the record company the songs are all his own work. Six years later one of the songs, Let’s Fly, is picked as the soundtrack to a blockbuster movie and Nick makes a fortune in royalties.
In 2017, Nick, his wife Sam and daughter Jen now live in the house opposite his old squat. His successful food business is about to go public, but someone is on his back. Nick is in massive debt and the heavies are closing in. Disasters are befalling the business just at the wrong time. Then Sam is snatched and, with a price on her head, Nick must come up with the money or lose her. With his life and family on the line – and just days to play with – Nick has to stop whoever is destroying his life and come clean with those he loves in order to hang on to everything he holds dear.
Giles Fraser co-founded and runs Brands2Life, one of the world’s leading PR and communications agencies specialising in the technology and online sectors. He studied under Richard Skinner at The Faber Academy in 2015/16. He lives in Barnes, West London.
I enjoyed this very much although I found Nick to be a bit of an unlikeable character. I couldn’t quite warm to him because he had way too many secrets held within him.
I think some of his secrets might be in his own imagination, but even then he just seems a wee bit too complicated for me.
I did enjoy the general story, the twists within it, and the way the descriptions of the way Notting Hill had changed between times.
I’d definitely be interested in reading more from this author in the future as overall it’s a very good story.
With thanks to Anne Cater, the Author and publisher for the advanced reading copy of this book.