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    Enjoyed some parts more than others

    This book was just okay for me. I didn't love it and I didn't hate it but I am still rather disappointed because I had really expected to love it. After reading Bella Jewel's previous book, 72 Hours, in a single afternoon, I really expected this book to be a similar experience. I felt somewhat detached from the story and was never completely pulled in. I did want to see how everything would work out but it was never a book that was too hard to set aside. Marlie spends each day living with what happened to her when she was kidnapped. It is really a miracle that she is alive today after her ordeal. She was taken by a serial killer and none of his previous victims survived. She made it out but lives with the ramifications every day. She leads a simple life in a small town and never wants to return to the town where her nightmares happened. When she learns that her sister is missing, she knows that she must do just that. Marlie hires Kenai, a private investigator, to help her find her sister. They start out on their trip to find her not caring for each other very much. Things change as they work together for a while and they soon become a couple. I have to admit that I was never sold on Marlie and Kenai as a couple. I didn't really feel a lot of chemistry between them and they seemed to go from hate to love before I could blink. This book was really a mixed bag for me. I really enjoyed some parts of the book. My favorite parts were the parts that described her ordeal with the serial killer. Some of those scenes were truly frightening yet entertaining. There were also parts that I didn't care for as much. Some of the action scenes with Kenai and Marlie were a bit too far fetched and didn't seem realistic. I was also really disappointed that I was able to figure out who the bad guy was really early in the book so when the big reveal happened in the book, there was no surprise for me. I do think that a lot of people will enjoy this story more than I did. It had a lot of good moments for me despite the problems that I had with it. I would definitely read more from Bella Jewel in the future. I received an advance reader edition of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley.
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    Romantic Suspense

    Marlie Jacobson, sole survivor of a serial killer, is finding her way back to normal again when she hears that her sister has gone missing. Not believing Kaitlyn is out and about having fun she hires Kenai Michelson to track her down. They set out together on a road trip that will lead them hither and yon with numerous dangerous encounters before they finally determine who has Kaitlyn and why she has been taken. There are flashbacks to Marlie’s time in captivity that are gruesome and horrible but she has, for the most part, overcome most of her weaknesses over the past few years. Her mother is not a motherly type and rather useless in helping her daughters so the burden of finding Kaitlyn falls to her sister. There is romance between Kenai and Marlie though he is rather dark, brooding and taciturn in the beginning. The ending is satisfying and also leads into what might be another serial killer book in the future. I am not sure that 72 Hours and this book are part of a series since the characters are not the same but each book does provide a hook for the next book to come. The story is told in first person from Marlie’s point of view most of the time and it works okay for the story. I am not sure that even a person unwilling to give up could do all that Marlie did or that Kenai, with his injury, would have been up and about the same day BUT it is fiction so perhaps some leeway can be given. The suspense was there, the story held my interest and I enjoyed reading it today. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – this is my honest review.
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