Either Side of Midnight by Tori de Clare

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    When nineteen-year-old Naomi Stone is snatched from her husband at knifepoint on the night of their wedding and taken to a deserted cemetery, she knows her life is finished. Drugged and disorientated, she loses consciousness as she lies in an open grave with a gun to her head.

    But the following day, she mysteriously awakes to find herself unharmed and secured to a bed. She’s in a beautiful bedroom in a secluded cottage in open countryside. Only one person knows she’s there – the man in the balaclava who’s holding her, feeding her, revealing nothing. Naomi senses the unfolding of a plan.

    She should be on honeymoon in the Caribbean. Instead, she’s trapped with an emotionless psycho with no hope of escape . . . And his voice is chillingly familiar.

    Who is he? What does he want? What’s happened to her husband? Where is she? Will anyone find her before it’s too late?

    Review by Melissa Winner:

    Tori de Clare
    Tori de Clare

    I can’t remember the last time a book was so good I couldn’t put it down. (I felt guilty for neglecting playing with my kids for a few days to read at every possible opportunity. I was literally turning on my Kindle at every stop light while driving, just to sneak in another paragraph.)

    Particularly impressive was the way that Tori de Clare managed to write a riveting (and romantic) page-turner without resorting to graphic sex scenes and foul language like so many authors do. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the book to more conservative audiences who like to read “clean” literature. Several huge twists kept me on my toes and I simultaneously resented and loved that some of the characters I originally liked turned out to be no good, and that some of the characters I really didn’t like showed more and more redeeming qualities throughout the book.

    There was one big twist a little over halfway through the book that had me so wound up that I re-read the same three pages over and over in disbelief! The pace of the book was perfect, with just the right amount of dialogue (which I very rarely found cheesy–a big problem in books with romance).

    The author doesn’t spend a lot of time boring the readers with unnecessarily long descriptions of scenery and decor. She just sets the scene and allows the story to tell itself. She did a really good job of switching between the protagonist’s captivity and previous liberty (to tell backstory); sometimes books feel lame and contrived when authors do that, but not this time.

    I rarely spend money on Kindle books because there are so many decent free ones, but I just bought the sequel to this book and will almost certainly buy the third book in the trilogy, once it comes out. Hats off to Tori de Clare!

    Review by A. R. Talley:

    I don’t normally read suspense novels. I get too caught up in the stories and have to put my life on hold till I finish the book. That was certainly true with “Either Side of Midnight.” It was so bad that I wasn’t sleeping well either. I kept waking up and thinking of this book, wondering what was going to happen – who was the real villain – and on and on.

    Either side of Midnight is deClare’s first novel and it was a doozy! The story is of a young woman (Naomi) who is abducted on her wedding night. She’s certain she’s going to be abused and killed, but instead wakes up, chained to a bed, in an idyllic country cottage.

    What could have turned into an ugly, physically and emotionally abusive story, instead turns into a compelling thriller.

    de Clare did a wonderful job creating suspects. With almost every character, I was wondering if this was the person behind the abduction. She also did a nice job with characterization. Naomi was a sympathetic victim and it was nice to see a character portrayed with christian beliefs that was not fanatical, compromising, simplistic,or cynical. Her faith does not play a major role in the story, but it does contribute to Naomi’s personality and how she deals with her experience.

    There was a lovely twist (totally took me by surprise) and a satisfying ending. The book is well written and there was little that didn’t seem plausible.

    If I had any complaints, it would be an underdeveloped romantic interest toward the end of the book.

    If you like thrillers, this is a good one!