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From the horrifying call that informs Lauren her sister has committed suicide, Colleen Thompson takes the reader on a roller coaster ride that never lets up.
Lauren is reeling from the news of her sister's death, not able to believe she would take her own life. Enter Brent, a former FBI agent posing as an officer on the case, who tells her he believes her sister was murdered hoping to convince her to use her hacking skills to find a predator. Then he kidnaps her. Only Ms. Thompson would start a romantic relationship with an abduction.
Ms. Thompson is a master of plot twists and throwing suspicion on pretty much every character in the book except Lauren. Lauren is a socially inept loner and Brent is so obsessed with finding a killer no one else believes exists, he's lost everything--job, friends, touch with reality. Both are so damaged, they are totally isolated until Brent convinces Lauren she can help stop a monster from killing other women.
This story is non-stop action, each page seeming to bring the reader closer to the killer and then something unexpected sends the characters careening in another direction and undermining their growing trust. No newcomer to the suspense genre, Ms. Thompson has done her research and every detail rings true. And being a romance, we know there's going to be a happily-ever-after, but I couldn't figure out how she was going to pull that off! But she did. This is an exciting, engrossing story that's a must-read for romantic suspense fans.
Emily Sutton-Smith was great with the delivery of the story
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This was probably the corniest story I've listened to in a long time. The "troll king/troll queen"...really? I would blame it solely on the narrator, but she's only reading what the author wrote. The narrator needs to work on her "emotions" because everything sounded forced. I'm glad this was a freebie
In this age of technology on-line trolling is becoming a big issue, so this is bang on trend. I must admit there were a few plot holes here and there but I was able to ignore that because the story was well crafted and moved at a good pace. Both hero and heroine contribute to the action and their romance moved at a realistic pace rather than the insta-lust of so many stories like this. I particularly like the avoidance of an omnipotent central baddie a lot of these books have. The baddie in this case was composed of several characters, each with their own motives and agendas, which made the ending more difficult to figure out.