I read on another review that this book had a very dark beginning. That was an understatement.
This is the 12th book in the Kane and Alton series and if you are a fan you will know that DK Hood can come up with some chilling storylines, but in this one she’s surpassed herself.
With her sidekick, partner, and protector Dave Kane away at a conference Sheriff Jena Alton is home alone, in her house, in the woods.
What she doesn’t yet know is that there is a man in the mountains, capturing women and teasing them, by allowing them to escape and then hunting them down like game animals. Until he gets fed up of them, then he………..I’ll leave that to your imagination but I’d bet you won’t come up with what.
As Jenna lies alone in bed with just Dave’s dog, and her cat for company a vicious storm hits, and during it somebody launches an attack on her house.
After the storm the a grisly discovery is made attached to her house, with a message.
The message, and the method of attack, lead the team to think of one man. The problem is he is prison, for life, and Jenna put him there.
What follows is a story that is a heady mix of CJ Box and Greg Iles. Box for the way the story leads to the mountain trails and into the woods, Iles for the unfiltered psychological edge. Stunning
Some of the scenes in the book are so well portrayed I found myself sweating for no other reason than the tension that was in the story.
It ticks all the psychological fears that are inherent in most people, storms, fires, being out in the woodlands on mountains in the dark, being stalked by somebody you just can’t get away from. Hood has written what many people see in their nightmares.
But it’s all well within the realms of believable realism and at no point did I think “no, that’s not going to happen”
A great book in a great series.
Does it need reading in the correct sequence, it would be better, but it could be read as a standalone.
Publisher: Bookouture. Pages: 290