Title: One Must Die by Mark Tilbury
Date Published: 24th June 2021
Genre: Psychological Thriller
I have both your sons, Mr Levitt. One of them must die. You choose.
Widower Sean Levitt receives the ominous message in the post a few days after his teenage boys go missing on their way to army cadets. As time progresses, the abductor makes increasingly horrific demands of Sean by sending him DVDs, and telling him to post videos online of the shocking assignments he sets him.
One Must Die is the story of one man’s fight to keep his sons alive, and the terrible lengths he must go to in order to do so.
Can Sean do what the police have failed to do and find his sons?
Or will the abductor achieve his twisted aim of destroying his entire family?
I want to thank Mark Tilbury for inviting me on this blog tour and providing me with a copy of One Must Die in exchange for an honest review.
Mark ‘Twisted’ Tilbury certainly lives up to his nickname with One Must Die!
The story starts off with every parent’s worst nightmare, Sean’s sons go out but don’t come back. A DVD arrives asking Sean to do tasks to keep his sons alive. The tasks start out a minor, slowly getting more and more sinister. But why is he being targeted?
The story is told from several points of view, from Sean, to his son Peter, to the kidnapper. Getting inside the mind of the kidnapper was particularly entertaining, even if he was a deeply deranged individual.
Sean is a heating engineer and widower, who doesn’t seem to have a nasty bone in his body, which makes it even more shocking that he’s been targeted in such an irrational manner. His son Peter, was also a solid character who I really rooted for throughout.
I will warn you that there are a few scenes which are fairly graphic/unsettling, meaning that it may not be for you if you like your crime fiction on the lighter side.
There were a few aspects of the story I found a little unbelievable, but of course that’s just my opinion.
One Must Die is a dark and disturbing read packed with tense moments that will keep you hooked throughout.
About The Author:
Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.
He’s always had a keen interest in writing and after being widowed and raising his two daughters, Mark finally took the plunge and began self-publishing. Mark’s writing has earned him the name #TwistedTilbury due to the dark and twisted nature of his books. He’s published 10 thrillers, and an 11th is due out 24th June 2021
When he’s not writing, Mark can be found playing guitar, reading and walking.