Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Princess Buttermilk Biscuit recommends Alaska Awakening by E. B. Sullivan

I just did a "review swap" with E. B. Sullivan, author of the forthcoming Alaska Awakening (Kindle, October 14). Amazon apparently doesn't allow pre-pub reviews, and Goodreads doesn't have it yet, so I'm posting it here. (She did a lovely review for Fairy Gold.)

Lies, deceit, treachery, gratuitous cruelty, courage, selflessness, love and redemption

Disclaimer: I received a free PDF of this book for review.

Three wealthy couples embark on an Alaskan wilderness adventure that turns out to be more adventurous than they expected. Their guides are thugs who demand an enormous ransom. Once the money’s paid, everyone will be released. Or so they claim.

A stressful situation can bring out the best in people, or the worst. Sullivan takes us by turns into the minds of hostages, captors and the family members who are expected to pay. Some grow; some are forever trapped in their own inadequacies. We see their hopes and dreams, their fears and failings. She teases with glimmers of hope, then snatches them away, leaping from one tense situation to another in a compelling read that will keep you guessing all the way through.

Five stars (or maybe I should dock her one star for keeping me awake half the night)