My favorite way to relax and "get away from it all" is to read. I love losing myself in a great story. I'll read anything, but I'm especially fond of suspense. I love a happily ever after ending, too. For me, it doesn't get better than a good romantic suspense novel.
The latest book I finished is called ABOMINATION by Colleen Coble, published by Thomas Nelson, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-59554-141-3 (hardcover) or ISBN: 978-1-59554-478-0 (trade paper).
The story unfolds with a woman, battered, bruised, and barefoot, driving a car with a little two-year-old girl in a car seat in the back. The woman is confused and frightened, and though she doesn't have a clue who she is or who she's running from, she knows someone wants to kill her.
She finds safe harbor in a small community in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Finding the name "Elena" engraved on the back of a golden ballerina shoe hanging on a necklace around her neck, she believes her name is Elena Cox. The little girl's name is Terri. As Elena struggles to regain her memory, events unfold that lead a serial killer, known as Gideon, close enough to strike again.
The characters in this book are well-developed, the plot tight and suspenseful. You won't know who the serial killer is until the very end. Ms. Coble does a fabulous job of pulling everthing together into a tight, suspense-filled climax.
I learned about "geocaching" something I'd never heard of until this book. I fell in love with a search and rescue dog named Samson, and a police Captain, Nikos Andreakos (Nick).
The romance? Oh, believe me this one will tug at your heartstrings. I don't want to give away too much. You'll just have to buy it for yourself. It's a page turner that you won't want to put down. Here's the back page blurb:
"A beautiful woman stands by the side of hte road, barefoot and bleeding, a child in her arms. Someone just tried to kill her, but she wouldn't recognize him if she saw his face. She doesn't even remember her own name.
A suburban cop surveys a kitchen in disarray--a woman and child missing, a chilling note. This crime scene is unlike any he has ever seen.
The man who calls himself Gideon waits and plans. He sees himself as a destroyer of evil, one who rids the world of abominations. He already killed five. He will kill again.
And somewhere inthe wilderness, in a secret geocache near where the wild swans gather, lies the unspeakable clue that links them all together.
Michigan's rugged and beautiful Upper Peninsula is the setting for this absorbing tale of love and loss, beauty and terror, grievous sins and second chances. A deftly woven thriller from the popular author of the Rock Harbor novels."
Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
Now it's your turn. Tell me what you are reading.