Author: Vicki Pettersson
Publication: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Gallery Books
SYNOPSIS: (For Goodreads)
It’s high summer in the Mojave Desert, and Kristine Rush and her fiancé, Daniel, are en route from Las Vegas to Lake Arrowhead, California, for the July Fourth holiday weekend. But when Daniel is abducted from a desolate rest stop, Kristine is forced to choose: return home unharmed, but never to see her fiancé again, or plunge forward into the searing desert to find him…where a killer lies in wait.
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**
Vicki Peterson is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and her new book “Swerve” proves she deserves that title. “Swerve” is intriguing, intense and downright terrifying and I couldn’t put it down.
I love reading books that actually have you so absorbed you forget what is happening around you. I finished this novel over the course of two days. From the very first chapter Pettersson drew me in. Kristine is a fantastic lead as she makes incredibly hard decisions. Pettersson did a perfect job of describing the all consuming fear that surrounds someone when there is the possibility your child is in harms way. Kristine, mother of one ten-year-old Abby, constantly comes back to whether her daughter is in good hands or not. All this happens when she is worried about the welfare of her super-surgeon fiancé Daniel. The stress Kristine is under shows through every page!
The best comparison I can come up with is the movies Joy Ride meets the Saw series. Terrifying road stalking meets crazy psychopathic murderer. There are so many “oh my gosh” moments that literally had my hand flying to my mouth. If you are looking for a thrilling read that will leave you wanting more… then Vicki Pettersson has the book for you. I’m hard to impress when it comes to thrillers in the form of books, but this was horrifying. Fantastic job by Pettersson. I’ll definitely be checking out more of her work! Five stars for “Swerve”!