Book Review: Swerve by Vicki Pettersson

Posted July 7, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in Books, Entertainment / 3 Comments

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: Swerve by Vicki PetterssonSwerve by Vicki Pettersson
Published by Gallery Books on July 7th 2015
Genres: Suspense, Fiction
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
ISBN: 9781476798578
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four-half-stars

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.

The Good…:

Swerve is a crazy, intense, thrill ride that never lets up! From the moment Kristine and her fiancé decide to pull over at an abandoned rest stop, you know something horrible is about to happen as the scenario reminds you of every road trip horror movie you’ve ever seen. However, author Vicki Pettersson provides many twists and turns that manage to keep the story fresh and original.

Kristine Rush makes a great protagonist. Though I wouldn’t claim that she’s very likable, you still will want to root for her to be victorious, and rescue her fiancé Daniel from the deranged madman who’s kidnapped him. You see Katherine change from the mild mannered young woman who’s trying to escape her past to a strong female willing to fight for what she loves. I also enjoyed the mystery that surrounds Katherine. Pettersson weaves Katherine’s past throughout the story. As Katherine’s character develops, her past adds layers that make her more complex, and a worthy foe for the madman.

Do I Recommend?

Yes! Swerve is a tense thriller that grabs you from the first page. It’s so vivid that it plays like a film in your mind as you read, and leaves you feeling like you’re the one being tormented. If you’re a scaredy cat, you may not want to read this one late at night and/or alone. LOL! However, if you’re looking for a gripping read, than through this one I. Your beach bag. You won’t regret it!

Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Overall: 5

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).

@Angelized_1st

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3 responses to “Book Review: Swerve by Vicki Pettersson

    • @Angelized_1st

      Thanks! I really enjoyed Swerve. It’s hard to put down despite the graphic violence. It would make a great movie, I think, and that’s how it played in my head when I read it. I can’t wait to read what you think about it. Enjoy!

  1. Christy

    Agreed, it was hard to put down. Even though I lost a bit of interest in the beginning, it still pulled me in, wanting to see how it would all go down.

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