Authors Showcase: A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White

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The Book: A Dark Lure

The Author: Loreth Anne White

The Story: 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.

About Loreth Anne White:

Loreth Anne White
Loreth Anne White

Loreth Anne White is an award-winning author of romantic suspense, thrillers, and mysteries. She has won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Romantic Suspense, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Romantic Crown for Best Romantic Suspense and Best Book Overall.

In addition, she has been a two-time RITA finalist, a Booksellers’ Best finalist, a multiple Daphne du Maurier Award finalist, and a multiple CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award winner. A former journalist and newspaper editor who has worked in both South Africa and Canada, she now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

Review by Sher: This writer knows how to tell a story, which makes me glad I read this book. The only caution I have for other readers is that A Dark Lure is a romantic suspense novel, not really a psychological thriller as it’s categorized on the Kindle First page. The romance plot is prominent, with many scenes built around the electric glances and verbal sparring between the central couple. I am not a big fan of romances, but the characters here are developed and interesting.

Admittedly, the hero and heroine fit the standard expectations of the genre – she’s tough and feisty, he’s ultra cool and masculine without undermining her, and their attraction is immediate despite differences between them – but these characters also have some depth with their complicated histories, and the well-developed secondary characters bring a lot to the story and make it feel more grounded.

There are some unrealistic elements in the suspense plot. The killer not only dangles clues intentionally, he even arms his target to give her a sporting chance. Also, an investigator who believes the killer is still out there long after the case is closed lures the killer into making a move. This trap might be smart, except that it unveils the heroine’s new identity and leads the killer directly to her without alerting her that she’s in danger.

She is a little slow to put it together on her own, but fortunately the hero is good at noticing bread crumbs. In the end, I looked past these story elements because it is a romance, which often involves a degree of fantasy, and I enjoyed the story, which really is well written. Readers who dislike romances or want gritty realism should probably select something else. I do recommend the book for those who enjoy romantic suspense, or who might be open to giving the genre a chance. This is a good one.

Review by Ann Hurt:

A DARK LURE is the story of a killer and the victim who had gotten away from him years before. The victim, after living through a terrifying abduction, changes her name, life and history to get as far away from her past as possible.

She tries her hand at living as a ranch hand with an old man who had given up on his family and his only living son. This story entwines the killer’s past and present victims and a prodigal son who comes to see his dying father because he is shamed by the woman caring for the cancer ridden recluse.

The story is a constantly changing web of lives unfolding to the realization that the killer had never finished his story….the story of the human hunt. This hunt keeps you at the edge of your chair never able to relax the fear that the killer has always been there waiting to complete the hunt in his sadistic inhuman manner.

I never wanted to put the book down because I needed to edge closer to killer’s end of the human hunt. This is a story I had to finish because it never leaves your subconscious and makes you check that you have locked you doors. It is well worth the read.

 

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