Book Review: Swerve

Swerve by Vicki Pettersson.  Published July 7th, 2015 by Gallery Books.

Blurb from Goodreads:

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.

My take:

I really, really enjoyed Swerve! In the blurb that I read before reading it, it was billed as a psychological thriller, but I think it read more like horror. It might be a little too much if you are just looking for a mystery or thriller with a twist. This is a dark and, sometimes, gory read. I loved it though, and thought it was a perfect fit for my Halloween reading list. This book kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page. It was constantly on my mind. I did have to put it down sometimes because it was so dark and there was so much tension I needed some relief. If it hadn’t been for that though, I probably would have read this through in just one sitting. I felt connected to the characters and I felt like the writing easily immersed you into the book’s world. I never felt like anything was unrealistic or over the top. If I had, I think it would have been an easier read! This book just made me shudder. I wondered for much of the book what I would do if I was in the protagonist’s position. The scary thing was that I never could really answer that. What lengths would you go to to save someone you love?

Creep Factor: 8

4 Stars

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