Book Review: Find Her by Lisa Gardner


Find Her
By Lisa Gardner
Releases 2/9/16
Provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4 bones(4.5 /5 bones)

Well.  This one kind of left me speechless.  Trembling in a corner, shaking and speechless.  I have never been so chilled to my core by a book.  For that reason I loved it.  For the subject matter, I cannot give it a solid five.  Seriously disturbing stuff.

Crash & Burn was my first introduction to Ms. Gardner.  A January read from last year that had me hooked.  So I was very excited to see a new one for this year.  And you can tell I’m excited as I have taken a few months off from reviews and this one will (maybe) throw me back in the game.  This is the kind of book that all other thrillers need to live up to.

Read the description below.  Flora Dane was held hostage for 472 days, a number you will become quite familiar with throughout the book.  We meet Flora 5 years after that kidnapping.  Now living in Boston and trying to adapt to back into society.  But obviously something like that will change you – so she has become obsessed with the abductions of other girls and seems to live between being extra cautious (3 deadbolts on her apartment door) and extra reckless (heading out to bars to entice men.)  Flora is a very complex character, severely scarred from her past, trying to have a future, and yet again finds herself in a compromising (terrifying) situation.

The book starts out action packed, then falls into the rhythm of alternating between Detection D.D. Warren and her team searching for the missing girls, and Flora’s account of her 472 days in captivity and current situation she has found herself in.  It’s set up so perfectly that after the Flora chapters, I needed the almost “break” of what was currently happening to slow my heart-rate and prepare for the next chapter.

Chilling is the best word to describe this book.  I have never had a book terrify me this much.  I don’t want that to sound bad or scare you away – just be prepared (as any good thriller fan should always be!)  I had an inkling as the book went on as to where this was going, but there were still so many pieces to put together (both on Flora’s past and the current case), that I couldn’t get to the end fast enough to put it all together.  And it was tied up perfectly yet still left me thinking about it long into the night.

Thank you to NetGalley & Penguin Books for allowing me to preview.  I also always have to give a special shout out to the author when there are notes at the end – those are my favorite!

You have been warned – don’t miss this book for the ride of your life!  Now onto something a little lighter….maybe!

Book Description:

Flora Dane is a victim. 

Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.

Flora Dane is a survivor.

Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.

Flora Dane is reckless. 

. . . or is she? When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.

Thanks for stopping by today – what do you think – would you read it?

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Teaser Tuesday: January 26th 2016

I’m super excited about the book I started this week.  It is called Find Her, by Lisa Gardner and it releases 2/9/16.  Ms. Gardner also happened to write one of my favorite books from 2015 – Crash & Burn.

The book dove right into being terrifying and seems to gaining momentum.  It already has me hooked – can’t wait to see where it goes!

“When I wake up, the sun is gone, my room is dark, and I know immediately that I’m not alone.  I can feel a draft against my cheek, the muted hush of an intruder’s shuffling footstep.”
(22% into book*)

Book Description:

Flora Dane is a victim. 

Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.

Flora Dane is a survivor.

Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.

Flora Dane is reckless. 

. . . or is she? When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.

What do you think?? Please share yours below too! Thanks for stopping by today!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

*Quote was pulled from an ARC and may not tie exactly to final version.

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Teaser Tuesday: January 12th 2016

Happy Tuesday!

Back again with my current read.  Still way far behind on reviews – but something to keep the blog up-to-date.

This week I’m reading The Moonlit Garden by Corina Bomann, one of the Kindle First January Selections releasing 2/1/16.  I’m about 2/3rds of the way through and I’m really enjoying it.  I’d describe it as a pretty mystery. Not dark like my normal reads, but still intriguing as the mystery of this violin is traced back from its current owner.  And my teaser today I thought was good advice for everyone!

“The important thing is that, whatever rubbish the world throws at you, you don’t lose heart, and you make sure you always find a way to rid yourself of the bad stuff.”
(10% into book)

Book Description:

Lilly Kaiser had come to terms with her solitary, uncomplicated life after becoming a young widow. So when a stranger delivers an old violin to her Berlin antiques shop and tells Lilly it belongs to her, she’s completely bewildered. Why should she be the one to inherit such an exquisite instrument?

Together with her best friend, Ellen, and handsome musicologist Gabriel Thornton, Lilly sets out to explore the violin’s legacy. From England to Italy to Indonesia, she follows its winding trail. Along the way, she learns of Rose Gallway, a beautiful woman of English and Sumatran descent who lived among Sumatra’s lush gardens more than a hundred years earlier. A celebrated and sought-after musician, Rose once owned Lilly’s violin and regularly played concerts for Sumatra’s colonial elite—until, one day, she simply disappeared.

As Lilly unravels the mystery behind Rose’s story—and uncovers other unexpected secrets—she’ll come to see her own life in an entirely new light. And as each shared discovery brings her closer to Gabriel, her heart might finally break its long-held silence.

 

What do you think?? Thanks for stopping by – please share yours in the comments!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Teaser Tuesday: January 5th 2016

Happy New Year!!

I could begin with a thousand excuses as to where I have been, but I won’t.  The good news is that I still have been reading and will work on a catch up post (someday?)  But I did start the year with a good one – like stay up till midnight – need to know what happened – good one.  So I’ll tease that one today!

It is a NetGalley read from Summit Lake by Charlie Donlea* (click on book or see description below) and it releases January 26, 2016.

“Maybe those things would have prevented the year from unfolding the way it had.  Maybe nothing would have changed.”
60% into book

Book Description:

Set in a small, picturesque North Carolina town, Charlie Donlea’s suspenseful debut novel tells the haunting story of a murdered law school student, the reporter assigned to her story—and the intimate connection that comes when the living walk in the footsteps of the dead.

“No suspects.  No persons of interest.  Just a girl who was alive one day and dead the next.”

Some places seem too beautiful to be touched by horror. Summit Lake, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is that kind of place, with charming stilt houses dotted along the pristine water. But two weeks ago, Becca Eckersley, a first-year law student, was brutally murdered in one of those houses. The daughter of a powerful attorney, Becca was hard-working, accomplished, and ambitious. Now, while the town reels with grief and shocked residents gather to share their theories, the police are baffled.

At first, investigative reporter Kelsey Castle thinks of the assignment as a fluff piece. But the savagery of the crime, and the determined efforts to keep the case quiet, all hint at something far more than a random attack by a stranger. As Kelsey digs deeper, pushing on despite danger and warnings, she feels a growing connection to the dead girl. And the more she learns about Becca’s friendships, her love life—and the secrets she was keeping—the more convinced she becomes that learning the truth about Becca could be the key to overcoming her own dark past…

What do you think?? Please share yours below too! Thanks for stopping by – hope to keep this up as we begin 2016!!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

*Quote was pulled from an ARC and may not tie exactly to final version.

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Teaser Tuesday: August 25th

Tuesday already??  That last week seemed to fly, but then again drag on.  I’m still reading the book I teased last week – The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman.  Great book, just long!  Almost done!  AND I just sent my firstborn to Kindergarten – how did that happen!!??  (And I’m still like 6 book reviews behind!)

So for this week I’m going to pick a true random teaser from my next read – The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner, one of the August Kindle First choices, releasing 9/1/15.  Click on book or see description below.

“I grabbed my cell phone from the nightstand, punched in 911.  My fingers trembled; I thought I might faint.  An operator’s nasal voice came on the line.  “Shadow Cover 911, where’s your emergency?”
(5% into book)

What do you think?  Pretty vague – where’s it going to go??  Even I don’t know yet! Please leave your teaser in the comments and thanks for coming by today!

Book Description:

From a phenomenal new voice in suspense fiction comes a book that will forever change the way you look at the people closest to you…

Shadow Cove, Washington, is the kind of town everyone dreams about—quaint streets, lush forests, good neighbors. That’s what Sarah thinks as she settles into life with her new husband, Dr. Johnny McDonald. But all too soon she discovers an undercurrent of deception. And one October evening when Johnny is away, sudden tragedy destroys Sarah’s happiness.

Dazed and stricken with grief, she and Johnny begin to rebuild their shattered lives. As she picks up the pieces of her broken home, Sarah discovers a shocking secret that forces her to doubt everything she thought was true—about her neighbors, her friends, and even her marriage. With each stunning revelation, Sarah must ask herself, Can we ever really know the ones we love?

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Teaser Tuesday: August 18th

Happy Tuesday!!  Yep – I’ve been MIA.  Call it summer break.  Someday I’ll catch up, I still have been reading a ton.  Since I last teased – I’ve finished 5 books – all receiving a 4-5 bone rating.  So I really do need to share!

Started another one last night and I’m already hooked.  It’s dark and twisted already and I can’t wait to see where it goes!  AND it releases today!

“Her days were spent nurturing others, she deserved to feel this good.  To feel herself – a discrete person, separated from the universe by her skin, her mental boundaries, delectable spikes of sensation and pleasure.
Random Leaps into bottomless pits of possibility.”

(10% into book*)

What do you think?  Please leave your teaser in the comments and thanks for coming by today!

Book Description:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling creator of the acclaimed Alex Delaware series comes a tour de force standalone novel that illustrates perfectly why “Jonathan Kellerman has justly earned his reputation as a master of the psychological thriller” (People).
 
A brilliant, deeply dedicated psychologist, Grace Blades has a gift for treating troubled souls and tormented psyches—perhaps because she bears her own invisible scars: Only five years old when she witnessed her parents’ deaths in a bloody murder-suicide, Grace took refuge in her fierce intellect and found comfort in the loving couple who adopted her. But even as an adult with an accomplished professional life, Grace still has a dark, secret side. When her two worlds shockingly converge, Grace’s harrowing past returns with a vengeance.
 
Both Grace and her newest patient are stunned when they recognize each other from a recent encounter. Haunted by his bleak past, mild-mannered Andrew Toner is desperate for Grace’s renowned therapeutic expertise and more than willing to ignore their connection. And while Grace is tempted to explore his case, which seems to eerily echo her grim early years, she refuses—a decision she regrets when a homicide detective appears on her doorstep.
 
An evil she thought she’d outrun has reared its head again, but Grace fears that a police inquiry will expose her double life. Launching her own personal investigation leads her to a murderously manipulative foe, one whose warped craving for power forces Grace back into the chaos and madness she’d long ago fled.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

*Quote was pulled from an ARC and may not tie exactly to final version.

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Teaser Tuesday: July 21st

Happy Tuesday!!  Missed this book release by about a week – but today I’m teasing The Night Ferry by Michael Robotham.  It was a NetGalley download and it released 7/14/15!  (Although now I’m looking into it and it appears it may just be an e-book release and really came out in 2007!)

“Sucking on my glued teeth, I went back to my classes.  People treated me differently.  Something had happened that day.  The scales had fallen from my eyes; the earth had rotated the required number of times and I said goodbye to childhood.”
(7% into book)

What do you think?  Still early for me – we’ll see where it goes!!  Please leave your teaser in the comments and thanks for coming by today!

Book Description:

Struggling detective Alisha Barba is trying to get her life back on track after almost being crippled by a murder suspect. Now on her feet again, she receives a desperate plea from an old school friend, who is eight months pregnant and in trouble. On the night they arrange to meet, her friend is run down and killed by a car and Alisha discovers the first in a series of haunting and tragic deceptions.

Determined to uncover the truth, she embarks upon a dangerous journey that will take her from the East End of London to Amsterdam’s murky red light district and into a violent underworld of sex trafficking, slavery and exploitation.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Book Reviews: A Quick Recap

Blame it on summer, on having no schedule (and no kitchen), but I just can’t seem to keep up with book reviews.  If I don’t write one right away, it just gets put to the back burner.  So I’m organizing what I’ve been reading in a quick post here, with ratings, so I can get this off my plate.  Definitely not my usual style, but better than nothing!

In Kris Calvin’s debut mystery One Murder More, a beautiful legislative aide is found stabbed to death in California’s Capitol building. Maren Kane, a lobbyist for a fledgling Sacramento-based toy company, is in the midst of a legislative fight that could make or break her career. She doesn’t have time for a coffee break let alone involvement in a murder investigation.
But when police arrest Maren’s colleague for the crime, she’s certain they have the wrong man. The cops suspect a crime of passion―love gone wrong. Maren knows that in the capital, money and power drive all things tragic and scandalous. Sex and love are little more than window-dressing.
But will she be able to prove her theory―and free her friend―before she becomes the next victim?
Released: June 1, 2015

My rating & review: 4 bones(out of five)
Provided free through InkShares (in exchange for an honest review)
This was a mystery book in its truest form.  It had you guessing and coming up with theories and although centered around a murder, managed to be on the lighter side.  I loved Maren Kane and would definitely pick up another book in this series (which it appears to be Book #1 of)  And that is saying at lot, as I’m not a series fan.  But she’s likable, clever, and fun to follow.  The reader follows Maren through the murder investigation and no one can escape suspicion.  Which I love as a reader – keeps the pages turning and theories flowing!  Great summer read – highly recommend.


 


In the early hours of a summer morning, a young woman steps into the path of an oncoming bus. A tragic accident? Or suicide?
At the center of this puzzle is Adrian Wolfe, a successful architect and grief-stricken widower, who, a year after his third wife’s death, begins to investigate the cause. As Adrian looks back on their brief but seemingly happy marriage, disturbing secrets begin to surface. The divorces from his two previous wives had been amicable, or so it seemed; his children, all five of them, were resilient as ever, or so he thought. But something, or someone, must have pushed Maya over the edge.
Released: June 9, 2015

My rating & review: 3 bones(out of five)
Downloaded free through NetGalley.
By the title, I was expecting a very different story (although I’m not entirely sure why!)  What I found was a complex story about family dynamics.  It held my interest, yet just was lacking something for me.  The story begins as Maya dies.  She is the third wife (hence the name) of Adrian Wolfe.  We come to find he has 2 ex-wives, whom he is still close with, a bunch of children already, and is trying to have more with Maya.  They all take family vacations together and like I said, the relationships which are explored within the book are quite interesting.  The book switches between a few viewpoints, one of them was Maya’s as she received cryptic threatening letters.  There was a bit of mystery as she and the reader try to figure out who sent the letters and if they really wanted her dead.  A good story, nothing to rave about, but held my interest.


I have a gardener’s inherent belief in the natural order of things.  Soft‑petalled flowers that go to seed.  The resolute passage of the seasons.  Swallows that fly thousands of miles to follow the eternal summer.
Children who don’t die before their parents.
When Kate receives a phone call with news that Rosie Anderson is missing, she’s stunned and disturbed. Rosie is eighteen, the same age as Kate’s daughter, and a beautiful, quiet, and kind young woman. Though the locals are optimistic—girls like Rosie don’t get into real trouble—Kate’s sense of foreboding is confirmed when Rosie is found fatally beaten and stabbed.

Who would kill the perfect daughter, from the perfect family? Yet the more Kate entwines herself with the Andersons—graceful mother Jo, renowned journalist father Neal, watchful younger sister Delphine—the more she is convinced that not everything is as it seems. Anonymous notes arrive, urging Kate to unravel the tangled threads of Rosie’s life and death, though she has no idea where they will lead.
Weaving flashbacks from Rosie’s perspective into a tautly plotted narrative, The Bones of You is a gripping, haunting novel of sacrifices and lies, desperation and love.
Released: June 30, 2015

My rating & review: 4 bones(out of five) Downloaded free through NetGalley.
I really enjoyed this book and wish I had given it more justice by reviewing it right away (it’s been just a few weeks, but with other books my mind is just not as fresh as I’d like!)  A really good mystery centered around the death of a young girl.  And a story that contains the theme that things aren’t always what they seem on the outside (pretty relevant in the world of social media.)  Through gut feelings, mysterious notes, and her own investigation, Kate gets tied up in the tangled web that appeared to be the “perfect family.”  Great story that leaves no one free from suspicion and the reader holding on to the very end.


Georgia, Charlie and Alice each arrive at Harvard with hopeful visions of what the future will hold. But when, just before graduation, a classmate is found murdered on campus, they find themselves facing a cruel and unanticipated new reality. Moreover, a charismatic professor who has loomed large in their lives is suspected of the crime. Though his guilt or innocence remains uncertain, the unsettling questions raised by the case force the three friends to take a deeper look at their tangled relationship. Their bond has been defined by the secrets they’ve kept from one another—Charlie’s love and Alice’s envy, Georgia’s mysterious affair—and over the course of the next decade, as they grapple with the challenges of adulthood and witness the unraveling of a teacher’s once-charmed life, they must reckon with their own deceits and shortcomings, each desperately in search of answers and the chance to be forgiven.
Released: July 7, 2015

My rating & review: 2 bones(out of five).  Downloaded free through NetGalley.
I’m reading some raving reviews and I almost feel as if I didn’t read the same book.  Some of it may have been the pace I was reading it, but it just didn’t hold my interest.  I felt it deviated from the story line so far at times (mostly in terms of years gone by), that I even completely missed what actually happened.  I’m embarrassed to say it, but it wasn’t wrapped up in the end for me.  I’m partly tempted to go back and re-read it, as I’m sure I missed it, but the beginning never really hooked me, so I’m just going to let this one go.  I obviously was drawn in by the description, but it just didn’t hold up for me.


 

Thanks for coming by – I’ll try to keep up from now on – but no promises!!  Now to go restock in NetGalley!

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Teaser Tuesday: July 14th

Where is the time going??  Fast and slow at the same time – fast that it is already mid-July and school starts up again in a month.  Slow in that we are still without a kitchen, but seem to be on the more fun side of things now as our cabinets are going in!!

I’ve been reading – just slower.  And no books have really stood out.  I’m so far behind on reviews right now – I think I’m due a “catch-up” post.  But I did start a new one this week.  A July Kindle First read.  Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel releasing August 1, 2015. (Click on book or see below for description.)  Doesn’t have me hooked just yet – but we’ll see – it’s still quite early!

“Why hadn’t she asked him what was wrong?  Why hadn’t she slid in beside him and put her arms around him?  She bit her lip.  How many times in that single afternoon, after she’d spoken to him in her brittle, authoritarian voice, had he told her he was sorry; he would do better, he promised.  But just listen, he’d said, I heard talking…
(21% into book)

What do you think?  Thanks for coming by and bearing with me through my “construction” – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

On a cool October morning, Lauren Wilder is shaken when she comes close to striking Bo Laughlin with her car as he’s walking along the road’s edge. A young man well known in their small town of Hardys Walk, Texas, Bo seems fine, even if Lauren’s intuition says otherwise. Since the accident two years ago that left her brain in a fragile state, she can’t trust her own instincts—and neither can her family. Then Bo vanishes, and as the search for him ensues, the police question whether she’s responsible. Lauren is terrified, not of what she remembers but of what she doesn’t.

Unable to trust herself and unwilling to trust anyone else, Lauren begins her own investigation into the mystery of Bo’s disappearance. But the truth can prove to be as shocking as any lie, and as Lauren exposes each one, from her family, from her friends, she isn’t the only one who will face heart-stopping repercussions.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Book Review: A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White


A Dark Lure (clock on book or see below for description)
By Loreth Anne White
Released 7/1/15
June Kindle First Read

Rating: 4 bones(out of 5 bones)

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!

Book Description:

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.

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