Monday, June 26, 2017

My review: A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White



Hi, everyone! I hope this month is going well for you and I truly wish you all the best during the course of the remainder of this month and further into the summer.




Synopsis: Twelve years ago, Sarah Baker was abducted by the Watt Lake Killer and sexually assaulted for months before managing to escape. The killer was caught, but Sarah lost everything: her marriage, her child, and the life she loved.

Struggling with PTSD, Sarah changes her name to Olivia West and finds sanctuary working on Broken Bar Ranch. But as her scars finally begin to heal, a cop involved with her horrific case remains convinced the Watt Lake Killer is still out there. He sets a lure for the murderer, and a fresh body is discovered. 

Now Olivia must face the impossible—could the butcher be back, this time to finish his job?As a frigid winter isolates the ranch, only one person can help Olivia: Cole McDonough, a ranch heir, writer, and adventurer who stirs long-dormant feelings in her. But this time, Olivia’s determination to shut out her past may destroy more than her chance at love. It could cost her her life.


SO, LET'S JUMP RIGHT IN...


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MY REVIEW: 

A Dark Lure sees various viewpoints and characters: a killer, a survivor trying to get on with her life and everyone in between including those attempting to push and pull the fates of both characters.

Let’s start with the killer.

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White establishes the creep factor and complication of such a character early on: a psychotic who previously had said survivor in his grasp and desires to have her again after her escape.  She doesn’t make him—The Watt Lake Killer—a character that you feel for in any way.

In fact, you’re not quite sure who he is for quite awhile as he is shown through his deeds perpetrated on the main victim or another.


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I enjoyed this aspect because it added to the mystery. You think he’s one person, then you realize just how far he’s gone to try and catch his prey—one Sarah Baker—scaring you even more.

Next, there’s Olivia who is also Sarah Baker. When she says to another character that they “no dick about surviving,” I had to agree.


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Compared to her, I know not a thing about survival. She is the ultimate phoenix.
At the same time, through the words of White and just like the man chasing her, she has layers. While she is vulnerable—a side she shows, often albeit reluctantly to Cole—she isn’t a victim and White didn’t write her weak, which I love because this woman is anything but and I'm a sucker for strong women in the stories I read.

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That’s all I’ll say for now. I have a major book hangover. And a good one.

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Final thoughts: multi-dimensional characters, touching and suspenseful scenes, a powerful ending. All of my favorite things.

This book gets 5 stars from me all the way!

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This is my first time reading anything by Loreth Anne White and I like what I’ve seen so far. Fans of Ms. White, any others you recommend?

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For those of you like me who haven't read very much of Ms. White's work and would like to start with A Dark Lure, get it here on Amazon or on Book Depository

Also, find the author on Twitter:

That's all for now! Thanks for tuning in! I'll see you in July :)

Jessica