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.
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"Fantastic Romantic Suspense @$7.34 Bargain"
An unspeakable thing that happened twelve years ago ends up changing the lives of group of strangers today when their paths cross unexpectedly for some and intentionally by a madman who started it all years ago.
Each of the main characters had a traumatising thing happen to them in their past. None more than Sarah Baker who was abducted by a serial killer and abused both physically and sexually before managing to escape. She birthed a child shortly after but gave it up when neither her husband nor her own parents could stand the shame of what happened to her and turned their backs on her. After being deserted by those closest to her Sarah then let and became Olivia West and ended up working on the Broken Bar Ranch.
Cole McDonough lived through two traumatising things in his life time. Losing his mother and younger brother in a car accident when he was driving and then losing the woman he loved and her son when she walked away from their relationship after a harrowing ordeal almost got them killed in a war torn country. He left his father and the Broken Bar Ranch behind a long time ago and never looked back but once he finds out his father is dying he returns.
Gage Burton and his daughter Tori are still reeling from the loss his wife and her mother. Gage is being forced to retire from the Canadian police due to an illness. He has many regrets in life but the biggest is his fear that they never caught the right man for the Watt Lake killings. He sets up online traps using Sarah’s name to try and lure the real killer out even 12 years later. When he finally gets a hit he heads to the Broken Bar Ranch with his daughter in hopes of finally catching him.
All of these people lives now intersect at the Broken Bar Ranch not realizing that the killer is already among them and Sarah/Olivia life is in grave danger again because the Watt Lake killer has come back to finish what he started.
It’s been a while since I have listened to this author and I had forgotten how she likes to have so many POV’s in her stories. As each of these characters are connected in some way or will be, its like putting a puzzle together wondering what the final picture is going to be. You might thing that with so many POV’s the story would get confusing but its like that puzzle without all the pieces you cant see the full picture.
Emily Sutton-Smith was really good with the delivery of the story
"psychological romance thriller"
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.
"really great mystery"
started off slow but then I couldn't stop listening. I was surprised to be surprised by ending! 😀
"A semi-decent read.."
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.
"If EL James wrote Gillian Flynn fan fiction"
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.
"Excellent suspense thriller"
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.
"Ok at best."
Plot drawn out a bit too long, somewhat plodding, and with characters it was hard to warm up to.
"Confusing genres + whiney youth"
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.
"Riveting and exciting couldn't stop listening at times, very suspenseful."
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.
"A Great Read!"
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.
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