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Swerve by Vicki Pettersson is the first book I've read by this author. She is better known for her Urban Fantasy series, but I have to say that she writes thriller/suspense very well!

Kristine Rush is a nurse who is engaged to a surgeon Daniel. While at a rest stop on their way to Arrowhead for the 4th of July weekend, Kristine is attacked in the restroom and Daniel is abducted. The kidnapper/attacker/bad-guy knows Kristine. He leaves her clues and has her follow maps to different locations. If she does everything he says she can save Daniel.

Pettersson is very talented when it comes to descriptive writing. She made it very easy to imagine the Mojave desert landscape, and the horror of the bad-guy. Suspense/mystery used to be my go-to genre, and while it might not be what I read now, this book makes me want to re-visit it. Swerve is wonderfully thrilling, suspenseful, graphic, and enjoyable to read.

Overall, very well done and an excellent read. I recommend it to any Pettersson fan, or any fan of suspense/thriller novels.

Book Blurb for Swerve

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.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2015 4.00