Pulse-pounding and tense… A thrill from start to finish.
Paine hits all the right notes with this latest suspense thriller featuring a pair of siblings struggling to escape a dangerous killer. Things have always been hard for Charly Highsmith, but she’s a survivor. Abandoned by her parents, she spends her teens years on the dangerous streets of Denver, Colorado, looking after her autistic brother Jacob. When Charly inherits her father’s estate, including a rustic cabin high in the Rocky Mountains, revisiting the past with her cousins Amanda and Cam seems like a good idea. As the siblings set out for the cabin, they have no clue they will get entrapped in a sinister game of life-and-death. With a hunter on their trail and snow storm raging, escape becomes a distant possibility. Paine gradually and brilliantly unravels the narrative’s seemingly impossibly tangled strands, delving into the Highsmiths’ tragic past—how a single decision has destroyed the whole family, leaving the siblings into a nightmare of homelessness, and plunging the mother into a dark pit of drugs and alcohol—and weave them together to form a satisfying whole. Throughout, he explores Charly’s complicated inner world, exploring her trauma, fear, insecurities, and desires. The suspense remains steady, and the cat-and-mouse game between the hunter and the hunted keeps the tension rising. A breathtaking climactic chase thrusts the siblings in the middle of a life-and-death situation for relentless twists and entertaining storytelling. The novel is fast-paced and suspenseful, making for a quick read, but Paine spares no punches when it comes to complexity and substance. Lovers of psychological thrillers won’t want to miss it.
Pub date October 23, 2022
Price $3.99 (USD)