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This book reminds me on an amalgamation of a few movies/books I've read. It firstly reminded me of the movie Saw.
It really irks me when I read reviews and people are outraged when reading passages about harm coming to animals, but don't blink when it comes to harming people or even children. I definitely take those reviews with a grain of salt. That being said, I think this book is very gruesome and is best categorized as horror rather than a suspense/thriller. This is fiction! I see why the author uses animal harm, because psychos first victims are typically the innocent creatures. But be advised that this is a very small part in the book.
Christine, a physician assistant and her dashing trauma surgeon fiancé Daniel are driving from Las Vegas to an event at his Mothers home. Daniel pulls over to an abandoned rest stop for her to change and the horror ensues from there. Think 'sadistic scavenger hunt'. Problem is Christine isn't the most likable character and makes ignorant mistakes from the very beginning. Also, I'm not a fan of shock horror. I prefer a mystery. This isn't 'the next gone girl' like every thriller written after seems to claim. I wasn't impressed with the narrator. From the beginning of the book, she speaks every sentence in a very theatrical manner. So much so, I had to look her up only to find she is an award winning narrator, ha, so what do I know. But for me her over the top performance at times and especially when speaking male parts was annoying. So I bumped it up to 1.5x for the duration, at times bumping it up to 2.
Be forewarned this book is not for faint of heart. Fans of Clive Barker, Saw, Eli Roth and the like would probably enjoy this fast paced horror novel, but I don't think it will sit well with the mainstream as it is definitely not the next gone girl, girl on a train, etc. etc.
What disappointed you about Swerve?
I only purchased this book because Kate Rudd is one of my favorite narrators This book was sick. I hated it. No good substance I was really disturbed by the animal abuse. I will never purchase another book by this author