Saturday, August 20, 2011

Chosen by Barbara Elsborg

Some crimes can never be forgotten...

Kate Evans doesn't take risks. She chose her apartment with care-a safe district with a good neighbor-a place where she can live a quiet, unassuming, under-the-radar existence. Then she makes one mistake and opens her door to accept a delivery of flowers from a secret admirer and her life will never be the same again. A guy she's never seen before bursts into her apartment and asks her to marry him. Jack Thompson won't take no for an answer and drags Kate on a cross country journey to hell.

Invalided out of the police, Nathan Beranson works as a private investigator in San Antonio, Texas where he spends too much of his time following unfaithful spouses and delivering the bad news to their partners. When his fiancée cheats on him with Jack Thompson, the half-brother Nathan's only just met, he becomes obsessed with Jack in the same unhealthy way as his revenge-seeking clients. By the time Nathan finally realizes putting the ghosts of the past to rest is a wiser option than settling an old score, it's too late. He's already been drawn into his sibling's latest deadly game and Nathan and Kate find their nightmare is only just beginning.

What a frightening story! This is one of those books that completely swallow you up, never letting the tension ease. The reader is really taken in by the whole plot, and although it’s violent it’s hard to put down.

The story line is complex, full of twists and turns that I will not reveal since I do not want to ruin the experience for anyone else, but I can tell you it’s a book that is hard to put down once you start. What’s the most frightening is that it is not a far-fetched story, it could and does happen to people all the time. There are a few rape scenes in the novel, so it might not be the best read for younger teens or for those of you who are affected by those reading those types of scenes. There is a lot of violence on top of that, but it is not gratuitous and they never feel “fake”.

Jack, the villain, is a very interesting character. His personality is complicated enough to make it difficult for the reader to know what to feel about him. we want to hate him, and yet, it never seems possible. The main character, Kate, is a strong female one, who does her best to get out of the situation she is in.

If you want a powerful story that will shock you with every page turn, this is one for you.


Barbara Elsborg said...

Thanks, Valentina!! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Bonnie said...

How can I resist after a review like that? This book sounds intense!

Bonnie @ HandsAndHome