I RECEIVED AN ADVANCE COPY OF THIS BOOK FROM THE PUBLISHER THROUGH NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR MY HONEST REVIEW!!
I've been eagerly waiting for this book a long time, so when my New Year's Book Resolution took me to Net Galley to look for books to review and I found this one, I knew I had to read it quick and review it! For me, this goes back to the success that was the author's third book, Buried.
Chris Jacobs is a man still haunted by a violent past. (See Buried for more detail.) While his biological parents take his young son on a trip to Disneyland, he retreats to a remote cabin for solitude and peace. His retreat is anything but peaceful though, as he encounters Gianna Trask and her daughter, Violet and the danger stalking them.
Chris's survival skills and instincts are showcased here, but also his vulnerability. His disturbing past is never far away from him, and that is highlighted well in this book. I liked how we saw his relationship with Gianna evolve from just being protective of her and her daughter into what passed for love in his world. It was a slow and natural feeling evolution.
Gianna was a strong woman in her own right, but she too had demons in her past. However, that didn't translate into vulnerability for her as much. She had a lot of shocks in a short amount of time, yet held up amazingly well in the face of them. I grew to really admire her resilience.
There was much I didn't see coming in this book, and it kept me up until the wee hours of the morning reading, until I finally had to pass out and continue it the following morning. I was able to easily connect to the main characters and cheered at the end when the bad guy got his due. While I have a feeling that this book heralds the end of the series, I find that it is one I would highly recommend to others!