I have to admit; this book took me by surprise. It’s delightfully full of suspense and mystery. I fully expected that. What I didn’t expect was the depth of character and amount of heart this novel held. I loved the storyline, and could feel the heat of the desert sun raining down in the wilds outside of Las Vegas. I felt for Jack and Laura; felt their despair and hope, and I felt the desperation Molly held in her young heart. I absolutely loved this novel, and would recommend it highly.
Jack and Laura are in Las Vegas on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage. On a whim, they decide to take a trip into the desert. As they drove, the desert seemed to come alive around them, and then the car dies. Their tale is now beginning. Molly is a runaway from the Midwest, looking to make a name for herself in Hollywood. Just like myriad others, she lands in Las Vegas, and gets involved with a stranger. This is where her story begins also. In the desert, Jack, Laura, and Molly will cross paths with a loner named Boots. Who is Boots? What’s his end game? Do Jack and Laura take a chance and trust him? Or will his help lead them to their deaths? A wild adventure ensues.
When a day trip out of Las Vegas with his wife takes a turn for the worse, Jack is sure that he has the ability to get them home. But he drove into something far beyond reason.
Rescue comes in the form of a desert hermit, but hope fades as the couple comes to realize that the nomad has no intention of letting them leave. A chance encounter with a kidnapped runaway and her crazed abductor leads them all farther into the wilderness--and closer to the cold brutality that isolation brings.
At the edge of his sanity, Jack begins to learn that playing by another's rules may be the only way to survive.
In a voice that is as hypnotizing as a desert mirage, debut novelist Samuel Parker entices readers down a dangerous road, where the forces of good and evil are as crushing as the Mojave heat. This is suspense in its purest, most unfiltered form.