A Dark Lure – Loreth Anne White

28 November 2017
A Dark Lure Book Cover A Dark Lure
Loreth Anne White
Fiction
Montlake Romance
1 July 2015
Audible
416

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.

A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White

A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White is a harrowing story of pain, survival, and new beginnings. That seems neat and tidy, but it’s not. It’s a windy, intricate story.

I listened to the Audible version of A Dark Lure, and when I initially saw it was 14 hours, I groaned. BUT I was committed to the blurb and reviews, so I started listening. In my experience, 14 hours of audio typically means three collective hours of minutia. I was very pleasantly surprised. A Dark Lure was all story all the way through to the end. Sure, there’s some background info – what story doesn’t have that? But the background info was just enough to be exciting and not so much that it dragged. Great balance!

The Watt Lake Killer

The Watt Lake Killer abducted, continually raped, and held Sarah Baker prisoner, like an animal with a lead around her neck. Whence fall commenced, he handed her a weapon, released her, and began to hunt her. To his shock, Sarah Baker won that hunt.

Sarah reinvented her life, and she became Olivia West. She was finally free. The Watt Lake Killer committed suicide in prison, and with her new persona, Olivia settled into her new life.

Then things start to happen. Things that give her the niggling feeling that the Watt Lake Killer is back. But isn’t he dead? Hmmm…

I enjoyed this book enormously. Loreth Anne White can write, that’s for sure. And how amazing is the cover? I thought it was VERY suiting to the subject of the book, as was the title.

The “good guys” are genuinely likable and the “bad guys” suck. I hate when I don’t find the “good guys” to be likable. That is a sure-fire way to ruin a book for me.

There’s a hurting little girl, a craggy old man, a pompous son, a jerky real estate developer, and of course, a woman who is just trying to survive, both literally and figuratively.

From beginning to end, I remained invested in this book. 4-stars for me!

A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White

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