Swerve by Vicki Pettersson
July 7, 2015 – Gallery books
338 Pages – Adult, fiction, suspense, thriller
Purpose: Personal list
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.
Departing from the urban fantasy style that readers may be used to, Pettersson introduces us to the heroine Kristine Dash. Kristine is taking a road trip with her fiancé, Daniel, to spend the July fourth holiday weekend with Daniel’s mother. Their romantic journey is cut short when Kristine comes face to face with a nightmare she had believed to be in her past. Daniel is kidnapped and used as bait to manipulate Kristine into doing the bidding of a psychopath. This is a dangerous game of cat and mouse, and with each turn the stakes are raised. Each task, Kristine appears to be outsmarted, and with every failure Daniel pays the price. Our heroine finds herself stuck between the tortures of the past and the helplessness of the present. If she cannot find a way, her beloved fiancé, Daniel will be lost to her if he isn’t already. In the end, the reader may find themselves wondering whether they love those closest to them enough to risk everything to save them. Readers may be also begin to question how well they know the people that they love. Pettersson once again delivers a heroine that is strong , pushed to their limits and is completely relatable.
5 Stars *****