The Book: Swerve, by Vicki Pettersson
The Blurb: It’s high summer in the Mojave Desert, and Kristine Rush and her fiancé, Daniel, are enroute 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.
The Babble: “The stall door next to mine opens with a long, slow squeal that saws down my spine and ends in a shudder. A second later a single brown work boot slides in front of my stall. It points my way like a compass, and I bend, just slightly, to see that it’s attached to navy cotton pants. Then a second boot squares up to face me.”
Thus begins Vicki Pettersson’s jarring thriller Swerve. Set in the blazing heat of Death Valley, Pettersson takes us on a screeching race across the desert in search of heroine Kristine’s horrifying past, idyllic present and murky future. Swerving through creepy rest stops, garish casinos, run-down diners, haunted hotels and abandoned amusement parks, Kristin is forced to re-live her past while carrying out a gauntlet of acts that quickly go from merely frightening to wildly horrifying and demeaning. Worst of all, somewhere, in the depths of her battered being, doesn’t she know where this has to end? I did and still delighted in every word! Excellent book.
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