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 his job?
As a frigid winter isolates the ranch, only one person can help Olivia: Cole McDonough, a ranch heir, writer, and adventurer 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.
©2015 Loreth Anne White (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
So, 418 pages of descriptions of trees and the noise the dead leaves make and every blade of grass? Geez, why do authors do that? I can see skimming a lot of pages in this book. BUT I like the story about Sarah/Olivia, Eugene, Gage and Tori, and I’m only at 25%. I just wanted to take a moment to complain about all the unnecessary crap in this book. I mean, really? Do we have to read about Cole getting up without a hangover, making coffee in the small kitchenette in the tiny staff cabin, which was warm and had the basic supplies that Adele left in the cupboards and fridge and propane that heated the water in the kitchen and bathroom but there was no electricity, as we found out earlier, so no internet access in the lodge. Leaves clattered and LAUGHED at her? OMG! This is really what the book says! And goes on and on like this. This is how you get 418 pages. I’ll definitely be doing lotsa’ skimming, that’s for sure, just to get to the REAL story. And, as always, this was very repetitive and there was some copying and pasting going on in 2 or 3 places. Say the same thing but say it in a different way so the reader doesn’t see that copying and pasting happening.
Even though there was a LOT of skimming this was a very good story. I really liked Myron, Gage and Tori. Through most of the story Tori was hard to deal with because the author just had to make her a rude, it’s-all-about-me, eleven year old, a plain and simple BRAT! Gage was her dad, who was such a nice guy, had to put up with her smart a** mouth. Myron was a gruff old man who you couldn’t help but love. The bad guy was a perfectly written character you loved to HATE. He was truly a sick bas*ard.
There wasn’t any kind of sexual attraction and there was one sex scene, if you could call it that, and nothing more. I think there might have been 1 or 2 kisses so that should tell you something. I think it was at about 60% when the word desire popped in. If you’re looking for “hot and steamy” you should move on down the road.
There was some swearing in this and the F-bomb was used 41 times.
As to the narrator: Emily Sutton-Smith was really, really bad. I have no idea what some of the other reviewers were listening to but when every character in the book has a feminine voice I don’t see where that’s a 5 star performance. I thought the sample was just OK and I could listen to it but the sample is the first part of the book and the rest she didn’t even try to sound the least bit manly. And you know that eventually the book is going to say something about the hero’s deep baritone voice and all you’re going to get is a soft girlie voice. AND there wasn't an ounce of emotion in the whole book. I would NOT listen to this narrator again.
I got this book through KU.
was a little worried at first it might be too much of a romance novel, however I was wrong. the psychological thriller part took over. great book. very predictable but still a good story.
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I was disappointed in the writing, but I should have read the negative reviews that stated that it wasn't really a thriller. I understand that people prefer different genres and this simply wasn't for me. What was most frustrating was the audio quality and production. There were many spots that felt edited in and the breaks in reading were clear and illogical.
Less talk of body fluids and far fewer cliches. I can't think of a "thriller" cliche that wasn't employed here.
I hate to blame the narrator. In all honesty, the flatness is probably a fair representation of the Pacific Northwest/Canada. Her voice was pleasant when she wasn't trying to take on an accent. But the sound editing was horrible.
I wouldn't dare try to edit the text of this book. There is a reason millions of copies of 50 Shades sold and I found it laughable. I clearly don't get it, but I just wish I would have understood what I was getting into with A Dark Lure. I WOULD like to edit the audio. It reminded me of when I was a kid and I would try to record songs on a stand alone cassette recorder.
This book is in the wrong genre. It is only a Suspense book if you have never read another Suspense book. This is the book you read when you don't want your kids to know that you like erotica and you want to always feel one step ahead of the author.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
My only prior exposure to Loreth Ann White's books was In the Waning Light which is a good chick lit mystery wrapped around dozens of extremely graphically described sex scenes. A Dark Lure is very different. It is a well written and well narrated dark psychological suspense thriller set on a ranch in the mountains of British Columbia. All of the characters are damaged by past or current events, some far more than others. I recommend A Dark Lure for anyone who enjoys any sub genre of mystery/thrillers. I would listen to this book again.
At times thriller, then gore and then a little soft porn. Why too much filler/descriptive about leaves and feelings. Everything the teenage character said sounded overly whiney. Something odd happening with the audio, kept dipping into a different recording quality - which was irritating, that coupled with the whiney kid made it a mission to finish.
I greatly enjoyed this author and will seek out further books of hers. I not only enjoy the character in the story line but truly felt The story teller did an amazing job portraying each character.
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
I thought this book made most of the lists of reasons i read & enjoy mysteries. Believable characters. i wanted to protect the victims. Capture the slippery perp & figure out the mystery all at the same time. Well done. Easy to identify with main story frame, although slightly gory. Good detective work too, Good narration to boot. Plenty to sink my sleuth tooth into.
Yes, it was a well written story with an interesting plot line and characters. Unlike some of the books I've read lately, I did become interested in the characters involved. I didn't want to put it down.
The twists and turns of the story kept me very interested.
She has a very pleasing voice to listen to, but there were many moments that her voice sounded as if its was in a wind tunnel. I'm not sure how that happened, but it didn't fit with the story, so I have to assume that it was a production error.
You never knew what was going to happen next!
I enjoyed this book very much.
YES!!!!! GREAT FROM START TO FINISH! ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I'VE LISTENED TO IN A LONG TIME!!!
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