author : d. a. serra
pages : [ebook] 126
favorite characters : alison & jimmy
This thriller story, originally purchased by one of America’s most popular storytellers, James Cameron, is now a novel!
What if the worst happens and you’re not a policemen, or a soldier, or a spy with weapons training and an iron heart. What if you’re a schoolteacher – a mother? In this gritty crime thriller a family vacation takes a vicious turn when a fishing camp is invaded by four armed men. With nothing except her brains, her will, and the element of surprise on her side, Alison must kill or watch her family die. And then, things gets worse.
I loved this book! I liked the initial setup where the reader gets to meet Alison and her family in, really, the calm before the storm. The text there is peppered with hints of what is to come, especially when the novel sometimes shows the perspective of a prison inmate who isn’t all that he originally seems to be. Suspense builds because we know that this little vacation they’ve planned won’t be all that they hoped it will be. And I never expected the turn the book would take even after the initial round of action and violence.
This book is definitely gripping. Although sometimes the wording of things threw me off because it was awkwardly put or there was an added exclamation point that made the tone feel off, that never really detracted from my overall attachment to the plot and characters. I really wanted to see what would happen to Alison, her family, and the other hostages on the island. The armed men were genuinely unpredictable, unlike some of the bad guys in books. They don’t need any kind of excuse to kill anyone they dislike or feel is unnecessary to them. They think killing is fun. In the beginning of the book, it’s even said that one of the guys once killed a person just for sneezing!
I’d highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a quick, gripping read focusing on a thrilling action-packed narrative. What I really enjoyed about this book, though, is that it didn’t rely purely on these moments to carry the rest of the book. In the suspenseful lulls we get to see more into the character dynamics and the little things there which might seem insignificant at first and then all come together to add more to the book.