I really enjoy thrillers that have a psychological edge to them and keeps you guessing. I think I suspected the entire cast of characters at one time or another throughout the book. So, you know I was not inclined to put the book down until I knew who was involved and why.
Here is the setup:
Emilie Davis lives a quiet unassuming life working as a bank manager until one day the bank is robbed and one of the robbers appears to have an obsession with Emilie. The robbery goes awry and SWAT is called in. Enter Nathan Madigan, hostage negotiator. When the showdown is over, Emilie's admirer has managed to escape into the creepy Las Vegas underground tunnel system. Nathan is determined to keep Emilie safe until the stalker is apprehended.
What doesn't quite work:
Emilie is a little schizophrenic at times. She yells, cries, airs personal family dramas by making a big public scene at her job and then at times she shows great fortitude and determination. She was just a little bit high strung and at times tested my patience.
What did work:
I liked how the book jumped straight into the action and then kept going at a good pace throughout. Although, this is not the standard whodunit type story, we still have to guess what the back story is that explains why Emilie has been targeted and we also know the bad guy has had some help along the way and that's where the guessing game really comes in. I liked Nathan's back story and how it parallels with other threads in the story. I was glad Nathan and Emilie found each other even if it was under such terrible circumstances.
The underground tunnels gave me the shivers. So many people had been in those tunnels living life on the streets, even women and children. The rats and roaches and sewer system … YUK.
Being stalked is one of the most frustrating and helpless feelings in the world. Emilie's stalker is obviously very dangerous so I felt like I was looking over my shoulder with Emilie, always wondering when he was going to make his next move. The story was both scary and a little sad, so I could relate to Emilie's feelings toward the end.
The suspense was well written, the descriptions were vivid and there were many details added that enhanced the story.
For Emilie Davis, it was business as usual in her job as bank manager of WestOne until two men storm in demanding cash. However, it doesn't take long before Emilie learns one of the men isn't there for money—he's convinced they have a connection and has come to claim her. And he won't give up.
When hostage negotiator Nathan Madigan and Las Vegas SWAT enter the bank on a rescue mission, Emilie's captor makes a shocking escape into the abyss that lies beneath the city: the Las Vegas storm drains, a refuge for the downtrodden and the desperate.
Through the darkness of the Devil's Underground and secrets from her past, Emilie finds there is no escape from her stalker. She turns to Nathan, who is determined to save her no matter what it takes.
But will it be enough?
Re-Published. Originally titled Into the Dark. This book has gone through major edits.