Narrator: Emily Sutton-Smith
Series: Dark Lure #1
Published by Brilliance Audio on October 20, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Length: 13 hours, 59 minutes
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Amazon, Audible, Audiobook
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 wanted to read A Dark Lure since the author is a favorite of my friend, Jonetta. The next book, The Dark Bones, is being released in May and I already have an eARC so I needed to read the first of the Dark Lure series being the OCD reader I am. I was thrilled to find I could get the audio version through Kindle Unlimited.
The key theme here is survival, all the time and in every way. From Olivia West and her ordeal 12 years ago, to the cop with a brain tumor, to the elder McDonough near death, to every visitor to the ranch who ventures out into the Canadian wilderness, survival underlies it all.
There were so many layers here with past issues and present plots swirling around to confuse the reality. The world was natural, beautiful and rugged. The details were lush in description. Many of our characters and certainly the main characters were all grappling with their pasts, not always sure they wanted the future. Character growth and strength provide the base for a great story.
I loved the personal growth and how hard they fought for life. There were various twists of things, and a few I guessed. What a pace of terrifying events with the weather to complicate matters. there was the ultimate battle for survival. I highly recommend this heart-breaking, smart and uplifting tale.
This was my first experience with this narrator. I enjoyed the performance and was comfortable at 1.5x speed. Both male and female voices felt real, with differences for the varied characters.
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