Following the deaths of her husband, Corey, and ten year old daughter Ellie in a traffic accident, author Abby Miller sinks ever deeper into depression. She contemplates suicide as a way to be with them, and to end her unrelenting pain.
In a last desperate effort to find peace, she drives to Loon Lake where they last vacationed together, wanting to believe they will be waiting for her there. At least in spirit. Barring that, the pills Doctor Gregory gave her to help her sleep, are in her purse.
The cabin at Loon Lake was her and Corey’s secret hideaway, and not even Abby’s sister, Karen, to whom she is close, knows where it is. But someone else does. He is one of three men who have escaped from Pennington prison. They are dangerous predators who will stop at nothing to get what they want – and to keep from going back to prison. Having already committed the worst of crimes, they have nothing to lose.
Unknowingly, Abby is on a collision course with evil itself. And the decision of whether to live or die will soon be wrenched from her hands.
“This is a great suspense read”
Joan Hall Hovey is a fabulous storyteller, and this is a great suspense read.
Ms. Hovey writes in something of an old school suspense novel style, which I personally love to read. I’ve read all of her novels, and this one is probably my second favorite (Nowhere to Hide ranks number 1 on my list). This one is definitely a page turner. I couldn’t put it down, and finished it in one afternoon. One thing I’ve noticed, in all of her novels, is that she really knows how to make the reader feel the suspense. In all of her books, there has been a scene or two (not even necessarily the climax of the novel) where I’ve been surprised to find my heart pounding and my fingers gripping the book. Without giving away the details, during one of the scenes of this book I was so anxious for the heroine that my hands were actually shaking a bit! Ms. Hovey also always finds a way to surprise me with the plot and the characters, and this book was no exception.
The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is that there were a couple of areas in the book where the writing actually took me outside the story.
Overall, highly recommend. Joan Hall Hovey knows how to tell a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.