SWERVE by Vicki PetterssonSwerve by Vicki Pettersson
Published by Gallery Books on July 7th 2015
Pages: 352
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Suspense, Crime, General
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In the electrifying tradition of Dean Koontz and Gillian Flynn comes the first riveting psychological thriller from the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author! 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. One road. One woman. One killer.Sprinting against the clock, and uncertain if danger lies ahead or behind, Kristine must blaze an epic path through the gaudy flash of roadside casinos, abandoned highway stops, and a landscape rife with horrors never before imagined. Desperate to save her doomed husband-to-be, Kristine must summon long forgotten resources if she’s to go head-to-head against this unpredictable killer. And she’d better hurry. Because she only has twenty-four hours…to make one hell of a trip.

Reading time 3 mins

Swerve was an uncomfortable thriller. I was on the edge of my seat not knowing what horror awaited me next. If you like physiological horror you should definitely give this a try.

This story was really good. I am calling this an uncomfortable thriller because the protagonist didn’t do anything wrong, she had major wrong thrust upon her. The frustrating part was that I kept thinking I would have done the same thing, and probably suffered right along with her. Kristine and her fiance Daniel are on their way from their home in Las Vegas to Lake Arrowhead, CA for a get together with his family. It is 4th of July weekend and they could both use a break. He is a surgeon and she is physician’s assistant. When they stop at a rest stop, things go terribly wrong for Kristine. Daniel is taken and now the kidnapper is leading her to him. She just needs to loose her innocence, dignity, and possibly humanity before she is give the next clue. This chase exposes all of Kristine’s weakness and a dirty secret about her fiance.

This story grabbed me right away. It jumped right into the action using only Kristine’s POV.  After Daniel is taken the kidnapper uses her own phone to communicate with Kristine via Daniel’s phone. He leads her to a series of stops that all contain a map to the next location. All of this is leading up to the reveal of the kidnappers identity and why Kristine has to suffer. We don’t know much about the protagonist at the start. We do get snippets of her history is longish memories as things start getting really creepy. We start off in the dark and the author leads the reader further and further from sanity as Kristine starts to understand her tormentor’s motive.

In case I was wondering if I suffer in my own life and every start to think “it’s not fair”, I need to read a book like this that reminds me that someone somewhere is suffering. I read this book in one day due to the fact that I could not find a safe stopping place. From about midway on, there is nothing safe about this book. The author describes the carnage in gory details leaving nothing to the imagination. If you are the kind of reader that likes to skip over the gross in order to get back to the story, you can’t with this. There is just too much carnage here for the squeamish. This story is a horror fans dream. I found just a few things that upset me about the story, mainly the ending which ties up all the loose ends just a little too neatly. This story worked well for me overall, though. I can still picture some of it too vividly to forget it.

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About Vicki Pettersson

Vicki Pettersson is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of ten novels, most set in her hometown of Las Vegas. Though she'll ever consider that glittering dustbowl home, she now divides her time between Vegas and Dallas,Texas, where she's learning to like good Tex-Mex (easy) and the Dallas Cowboys (easier than you'd think).

Her most recent release is SWERVE, aptly titled as it's both a chase book and a hard departure from her fantasy work. A pure adrenaline, white-knucked thriller, Swerve releases on July 7, 2015 -- perfect for the novel's Fourth of July setting. If you're looking for a romance with little to no violence ... this is not your novel. If, as with her other work, you're looking for a strong female protagonist who comes out swinging when pushed into a corner, then perhaps you can connect.


I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.

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