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WELCOME to gorgeous Puerto Vallarta, Mexico—home of margaritas, sunset beaches, a shady American ex-pat community, and a barely-hidden drug syndicate. Add chance encounter between a restless woman and a sexy stranger, too many margaritas, and you have an engrossing tale filled with excitement and danger.

I have been looking forward to reading this book since I first heard about the setting and premise. Getaway didn’t disappoint me. It’s well written and believable. This is the sort of situation that could happen all too easily to an unaware vacationer. Getaway was so absorbing that I finished it a day. If you like thrillers with an authentic setting, realistic characters, and the twists and turns of deadly peril, then Getaway is the book to read this summer.

Ms. Brackmann has a knack of creating characters that have faced trauma in their lives and as a result have become somewhat indifferent or ambivalent; and placing them in situations that forces them to pull on inner reserves and strengths to deal with it.

Case in point, Michelle Mason. Recently widowed, Michelle is facing, thanks to her dearly departed husband, social scandal and financial ruin—the end of the easy life she has become accustomed to. Puerto Vallarta was supposed to be a vacation and a time to reflect upon what she was going to do with the rest of her life. Instead, like Alice in Wonderland, she gets dropped down the rabbit hole into a world where nothing is what it seems to be. Drug wars, the DEA, and where good guys aren’t always good and trusting the wrong people can get you killed.

Michelle’s journey pulls her out of her apathy and into fighting for survival against the odds where she can trust no one but herself.

What follows is an edge of your seat, believable, and tightly woven story of suspense and danger played out in the steamy underbelly of Mexico—where winning means you LIVE.

Book Blurb for Getaway

Michelle Mason tells herself she’s on vacation. A brief stay in the Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta. It’s a chance to figure out her next move after the unexpected death of her banker husband, who’s left behind a scandal and a pile of debt. The trip was already paid for, and it beats crashing in her sister’s spare room. When a good-looking man named Daniel approaches her on the beach, the margaritas have kicked in and she decides: why not?

But the date doesn’t go as either of them planned. An assault on Daniel in her hotel room, switched cell phones and an encounter with a “friend” of Daniel’s named Gary gets Michelle enmeshed in a covert operation involving drug runners, goons, and venture capitalists. Michelle already knows she’s caught in a dangerous trap. But she quickly finds that running is not an option. If she’s not careful, she’ll end up buried in the town dump, with the rest of the trash. Now she needs to fight smart if she wants to survive her vacation.

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2012 5.00