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Terry Odell began writing by mistake, when her son mentioned a television show and she thought she'd be a good mom and watch it so they'd have common ground for discussions.
Little did she know she would enter the world of writing, first via fanfiction, then through internet groups, and finally with groups with real, live partners. Her first publications were short stories, but she found more freedom in longer works and began what she thought was a mystery. Her daughters told her it was a romance so she began learning more about the genre and craft. She belongs to both the Romance Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America.
Now a multi-published, award winning author, Terry resides with her husband in the mountains of Colorado.
on Dec. 30, 2011 :
Each night, before going to sleep, I like to read. One evening, I started reading Danger In Deer Ridge, but it was so late I had to stop and get some sleep. Little did I know that the book would bring on a nightmare about people chasing me. Yes, that's what happened, but the next day I had to read more so I could find out what else happened in the story.
The predicament of Elizabeth and her son drew me in. I could feel her mistrust and fear over what to some people would seem like ordinary occurrences. When you're on the run from a cruel relationship and have to be careful about every person you meet and everything you do, even the most common activities or words from people you meet can take on sinister overtones.
The author did a good job of making me care for Elizabeth and her son. Being human and not perfect, she made some mistakes in judgment, which made her situation all the more precarious, yet at heart she was a good person with the best interests of her son at heart.
I enjoyed the reverse Cinderella aspect, in which she went to great measures to downplay her looks so her identity would not be discovered. Of course, I, as the reader, knew she really looked terrific!
Also, I very much liked Grinch, who did a good job of balancing his life as a father with his duties as protector for Elizabeth. The fact that she mistrusted him made his job that much more difficult.
I highly recommend this book. Very likable characters, and enough suspense to keep you guessing, or, as in my case, to give you a nightmare.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on Sep. 24, 2011 :
I liked this novel a lot. Sure, there's a big fat coincidence early on, but these things happen in real life, so why not in our fiction as well. After enduring a really nasty abusive relationship with her husband for far too long, Elizabeth moves out with her son and goes deep underground. Readers will experience her terror at making a mistake and being found. And there's more at stake than "just" the lives of her son and herself. A nice job of building both a positive relationship and Elizabeth's growing apprehension as her husband draws closer.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Aug. 03, 2011 :
Great character development. This book effectively straddles romance and suspense.
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)