Thursday, July 16, 2015

Review ~ A DARK LURE by Loreth Anne White

A Dark Lure
by: Loreth Anne White
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Thriller
Release Date: July 1, 2015
Source: Montlake via NetGalley
Twelve years ago, Sarah Baker was abducted by the Watt Lake Killer and sexually assaulted for months before managing to escape. The killer was caught, but Sarah lost everything: her marriage, her child, and the life she loved.
Struggling with PTSD, Sarah changes her name to Olivia West and finds sanctuary working on Broken Bar Ranch. But as her scars finally begin to heal, a cop involved with her horrific case remains convinced the Watt Lake Killer is still out there. He sets a lure for the murderer, and a fresh body is discovered. Now Olivia must face the impossible—could the butcher be back, this time to finish the job?
As a frigid winter isolates the ranch, only one person can help Olivia: Cole McDonough, a writer, adventurer, and ranch heir who stirs long-dormant feelings in her. But this time, Olivia’s determination to shut out her past may destroy more than her chance at love. It could cost her her life.
I could probably go on to say a thousand great words about this book but the best word to describe A Dark Lure is deep.  A Dark Lure is about forgiveness, pain, perseverance, guilt, love, and hate.  The story touched on every possible range of human emotion.  The characters were fractured and flawed.  They were likable and despicable.  Nothing about their lives was storybook.  They went to hell and back either physically, mentally, or both but they survived.  As hard as it was to put this book down, it was just as difficult to read.  As with any good work of fiction, I was drawn in and couldn’t wait to see if they had a happy ending or not.

A Dark Lure is the story of Broken Bar Ranch manager Olivia West and investigative journalist Cole McDonough.  Olivia West overcame abduction, torture, and loss to become the person she is today.  Cole McDonough lives his life on the edge because he blames himself for the death of his mother and younger brother.  Olivia’s past and Cole’s future are set on a collision course when a dying detective decides to set a trap for a psychotic serial killer everyone thought was dead.  There is an enormous cast of characters to add to the tension along with several other subplots related to loyalty, inheritance, and plain old greed.  Since this is a romantic suspense, there is only so much that I can say before I give it all away.  I will say that it’s brutal, ugly, and twisted. As killers go, this one is the worst of the worst.  There are a lot of moving parts to keep up with.  The baggage is excessive but the journey was well worth it.

I have read a lot of suspense novels so I have to be careful not to label all of the good ones as great.  There was a lot of information given regarding each main character’s past so that you could truly appreciate their perspective and observe their transformations. There are a lot of references to fishing lures and hunting but the imagery is well placed. I look forward to reading another novel from Loreth Anne White.

**Received a copy from Montlake Romance in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**

Rating: 4

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