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on Oct. 14, 2011 :
This is a brutal high-paced thriller, with a psychotic antagonist (Jack), a terrified antagonist (Kate) who shows surprising grit and inner strength, and a flawed but sympathetic hero in Nathan. This novel by Barbara Elsborg is carried by constant conflict and action, compelling characters, tight writing and an even tighter plot.
Especially the exploits of the ruthless Jack keep you at the edge of your chair, squirming uncomfortably. I do not think there are many characters in novels that I hated more than Jack Thompson. To put such a character on paper is harder than it sounds, and requires some depth of characters, believability and even some traits that border on redeeming qualities. With Jack, the author kept suspending my disbelief, but always pulled me back in.
My only complaint is that the final twist of the story was perhaps a bit too surprising, and I would have enjoyed a bit more hints and foreshadowing in that regard. But this minor detail could not spoil a horrific and terrific read.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 14, 2011 :
5 THIRLLING STARS! RIVETING! If you like looking into the mind of a psychotic, manipulating, lying, tormenting, knife-wielding villain…than this is the book for you. I damn near snapped my Kindle in half, because I wanted to kill Jack myself! He is evil personified behind a charming personality, a pretty face and he’s gunnin’ for Kate. That in itself is a mystery and when it is revealed it will have you gasping for a breath. It did me. Nathan is brought into the mix by association, when he goes looking for answers about his past.
This book is so well written, that the author draws you into the minds of these characters. You feel Jack’s rejection and hate, Kate’s pain and strength, and Nathan’s hurt and confusion. When I didn’t think it could get any worse, it did. The circumstances and pasts of these characters are exposed little by little, and makes for some nail-biting moments. I wanted to hurry the story along, because I needed someone to come and be Kate’s savior. When Nathan does appear, he’s not quite sure what’s real and what isn’t, because Jack is the master manipulator. So, will Nathan save Kate, or will Kate save Nathan? You’ll find the answers in this suspenseful read.
This read is brutal and not for the weak. It is not a romantic suspense, but more of a thriller with a smidge of romance, and I LOVED it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)