By: Vicki Pettersson
Publisher: Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books
Kristine Rush is no stranger to high summer in the Mohave Desert because that is where she grew up. Her mother, a drug addict, caused Kristine to grow up fast and attain her independence at an early age. Life for Kristine and her young daughter was good; she even had a fiancé, Daniel, a prestigious surgeon at the hospital where she worked. She and Daniel were on their way to Lake Arrowhead, California for a Fourth of July celebration with Daniel’s mother. Kristine spills her coffee on herself so they stop at a closed rest area so she can change and the unthinkable happens…Daniel is abducted. All that is left is the car and his cell phone. Kristine is plunged into a journey filled with terror, not only for Daniel, but for her daughter and herself. The abductor leaves messages on the phone where to find the next destination and map along with whatever she must do in order to receive the map. She only has 24 hours to save Daniel. Will Kristine be able to put her past fears behind her and finish the race in time?
Before you start this book, take a long deep breath because you are about to be transported into a world where pure evil reigns. It is not a book I would recommend for late night reading! The characters have so much depth you can feel the terror ooze from the victims and the evil of the villain will cause you to stop breathing. Early on I figured out who the murderer was, but it was the events that kept me turning the pages. The cliff hanger at the end will hopefully be followed with a sequel.
I would definitely classify this as an adult book as it has graphic murder scenes. If you are a fan of thrillers…this is a must-read.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books, through Net Galley, blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.