Growing up in True, Alaska, the only truth I knew was that Delilah Campbell was an arrogant pain in my ass. She was also my everything, and still haunts my every waking moment.
I don’t have a single memory that doesn’t include Lie, and I can still taste her, even though Alaska’s no longer big enough for the both of us. After our savage breakup, I fled, chasing my dream and becoming a decorated Green Beret. Ten years later, one bad jump propelled me straight from Special Forces back home, guiding rich idiots into the wilderness, where I struggle to keep them from getting themselves killed. It’s not the life I planned, but at least I’m not behind a desk somewhere.
Then one night, my cell rings, shattering my peaceful existence.
“Connor,” I’d recognize her voice anywhere, and it’s like I’m sixteen again, crazy in love and cocky as hell after finding all those gold bars everyone's been searching for since before we were even born.
I want to tell her to go to hell and throw my phone in the river, but it seems Delilah’s visceral grip on me is permanent.
“It’s mom. She’s missing. I need your help…."
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★★★★ 4 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓻 𝓡𝓮𝓿𝓲𝓮𝔀 ★★★★
I have been sitting here trying to figure out what to say about this book, but I don't want this review to sound like all of my other reviews. They tend to follow the same path mostly and sound similar. It's hard when I refuse to actually talk about the book itself. I am a firm believer that if I tell you about the story then there is no point in you reading the book. You should go in blind. You don't need a review to be a retelling. You need a review to tell you what the positives and possible negatives there are about a book... so, here I go...
I love me a suspenseful mystery. I had been chomping at the bit to read this book. In all honesty, I haven't read this author in a handful of years. When I found out she was writing a suspenseful book, I knew I needed it. I am in no way disappointed. It was all I could have hoped for!
Let me talk about the writing itself first. Many times I anticipate books (ones I am hoping to be THAT book that assuages my cravings) for so long, they fall flat for me. It's usually the writing itself. This is not one of those cases. Pace has written such a wonderful cast of characters, a setting that you can see in your mind as you read, an overall story that will leave you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next shoe to drop. I can't think of one form a criticism in the writing of this book. It flowed with ease. It kept me wanting and waiting.
These characters. Now let me say that there are a handful of characters. However, I didn't have a difficult time keeping them straight. They all are introduced and kept enough in the forefront throughout the book that I knew who each person was and what possible role they play in the story. I loved the characters I was supposed to love. I despised the characters I was supposed to despise. There is no doubt that you, the reader, will draw your line in the sand at a certain point... pretty much knowing who are the good and who are the bad.
The premise of this book is like a movie or a TV series. It's one of those books that will have your attention from the very start. I certainly found myself completely wrapped up in the story itself, at the edge of my seat at times.
I can't sing enough praises for this book. It's definitely an adventure I would recommend taking.