Talk about a page turner. This book was way darker than I am used to. I’m not lying when I say that to finish the last half of this book, I stayed up WAY past my bedtime. I could not put it down without closure (and probably some resulting nightmares!) While I did thoroughly enjoy it, I am happy it is over, and need to move on to something lighter!
I can’t say I wasn’t warned by the description. But just be prepared for your heart to race along with Sarah’s/Olivia’s. You’ll want to scream at her to trust her gut and run! Your heart will hurt for her. And you’ll hold your breath until all is resolved. This book never slowed down either – so set aside a few hours to dive into it.
The description roped me in promising a girl running from the past. Sarah Baker, now Olivia West, was “the one who got away” from the Watt Lake Killer. Despite a man being convicted and later killed at his own hand in prison, recent news and her gut are telling her different. Now a ranch hand at the Broken Bar Ranch, Olivia has a secluded life, with her trusty partner, Ace, a German Shepard, and is getting by. Not happy, but content after all that had happened in her past.
Throw in an aging and dying ranch owner, his two distant children, a forced-to-retire widowed cop, his very curious daughter, and a medley of other ranch workers, this book packs a lot into a fast-paced story. Some parts I quickly figured out, others I was theorizing throughout, and others were filled in over time. Olivia was a complex, yet likeable character. And add in a dog, and I’m sold! Her bond with Ace and the story of how he came to be her companion will warm anyone’s heart!
I’ll leave it vague for you to enjoy on your own, but if you are in for a dark yet very well written, very satisfying story, don’t miss this one!
Great June selection Kindle First – already picked out my read for July!
Twelve years ago, Sarah Baker was abducted by the Watt Lake Killer and sexually assaulted for months before managing to escape. The killer was caught, but Sarah lost everything: her marriage, her child, and the life she loved.
Struggling with PTSD, Sarah changes her name to Olivia West and finds sanctuary working on Broken Bar Ranch. But as her scars finally begin to heal, a cop involved with her horrific case remains convinced the Watt Lake Killer is still out there. He sets a lure for the murderer, and a fresh body is discovered. Now Olivia must face the impossible—could the butcher be back, this time to finish the job?
As a frigid winter isolates the ranch, only one person can help Olivia: Cole McDonough, a writer, adventurer, and ranch heir who stirs long-dormant feelings in her. But this time, Olivia’s determination to shut out her past may destroy more than her chance at love. It could cost her her life.