Book Review: A Dark Lure By Loreth Anne White

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!

From Goodreads:

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.

Monday (Mini #BookReview) Madness

This week I read:

There’s so much going on it this book! A teenage boy struggling to reconcile the wild stories his grandfather told him with reality after his loss. A mysterious island where he meets mysterious children that give him a glimpse into his grandfather’s past. And . . . Nazis? Yeah, Nazis. But the author does an excellent job of weaving all the threads together, making the outlandish and impossible seem quite sane and able. I found myself accepting even the paranormal-ish aspects of the book without question. An enjoyable adventure!

I’ve read several of White’s books before, and can usually count on her for a good thrill. This one felt different from the start, though. Usually her books center around the suspense of who will be murdered, but this one starts with the murder and switches between what led to the crime and the trial. Still a compelling read, but it didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat quite as much as I’d hoped. It did, however, wrap up with a nice twist!

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5 Books Like Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’ To Add To Your Spooktober Reading List

Halloween’s my favorite holiday, but this year it looks like it’s going to be a little . . . different. But that doesn’t mean it has to be disappointing!

And if there’s one author who never disappointed, it’s the Queen of Mystery herself, Agatha Christie! And my personal favorite? You guessed it!

Here are 5 books to add to your Spooktober reading list if you’re looking for something like Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None!

If you’re looking for more spooky books to add to your reading list, check out:

5 Gory Books For Your Spooktober Reading List

5 Atmospheric Books For Your Spooktober Reading List

5 Fun YA Books For Your Spooktober Reading List

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In the Barren Ground by Loreth Anne White ~ #Mystery #BookReview

29243822This is the third book that I’ve read by this author, and I have to say that if you’re looking for suspense, she delivers! I didn’t like this one as much as the other two – I liked the characters and plot from the others better – but this kept my attention AND kept me guessing until the end.

The setting – the far, northern wilds of Canada – is almost a character in itself. It certainly makes for a creepy atmosphere.

This book was fast paced, well plotted, and sinister. Quite honestly, it almost bordered on horror. If you’re looking for a book to keep you up at night, this just might be it! 4 stars!

The Slow Burn of Silence by Loreth Anne White ~ #Mystery #BookReview

22379076Although I didn’t realize it when I started reading this book, it’s the second novel I’ve read by author Loreth Anne White. Both were free Kindle downloads. Both would fall under the category of romantic suspense. And both were really good.

I’m not a huge fan of the romance, and felt this book would have been better with a bit less of ‘those’ scenes, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I raced through the pages like there was a cookie waiting for me at the end.

Well developed characters, good writing and dialogue, perfect pacing, suspense that makes your toes curl . . . what more can you ask for? It doesn’t feel ‘formula’, but I’m sure this author has one – and it works. The blurb on the back cover may have been a bit cheesy; it made me pass over this selection multiple times when choosing my next book to read, but I’m glad I gave it a chance. 5 stars!

In the Waning Light by Loreth Anne White ~ Fiction Book Review

25882482Wow. I really enjoyed this book. Awesome suspense, nail breaking tension, and the stakes felt desperate and high while reading this roller coaster of a mystery. It was much better than I expected.

The writing was excellent. The characters were well developed, authentic, and relatable. The author did an excellent job with the setting, creating a moody atmosphere that envelopes the reader and draws them into the pages with fine fingers of spooky mist, leaving them lost in a fog of mystique. Then, she expertly guides them through to the other side, leaving them both satisfied and yearning for more.

Can’t wait to read more by this author. 5 stars!

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