A woman who escaped her long-term abduction by a serial killer leaves her old life behind and starts over at a ranch in a remote part of Canada. Although her captor was arrested and died in jail, she still can’t let her guard down, and now the patriarch who runs the place where she calls home is dying, threatening her new way of life – but her actual life is also in danger.
I’m not entirely sure why I liked this book so much. It’s dark, and dreary, and has trigger warnings for days. It also has light, and hope, and the promise of new beginnings. Plenty of suspense and tension kept me hooked, crafty twists kept me guessing, and I stayed up way too late reading the end. This author’s been a bit hit or miss for me, but this was a hit!
Twelve years ago, Sarah Baker was abducted by the Watt Lake Killer and sexually assaulted for months before managing to escape. The killer was caught, but Sarah lost everything: her marriage, her child, and the life she loved.
Struggling with PTSD, Sarah changes her name to Olivia West and finds sanctuary working on Broken Bar Ranch. But as her scars finally begin to heal, a cop involved with her horrific case remains convinced the Watt Lake Killer is still out there. He sets a lure for the murderer, and a fresh body is discovered. Now Olivia must face the impossible—could the butcher be back, this time to finish the job?
As a frigid winter isolates the ranch, only one person can help Olivia: Cole McDonough, a writer, adventurer, and ranch heir who stirs long-dormant feelings in her. But this time, Olivia’s determination to shut out her past may destroy more than her chance at love. It could cost her her life.