‘Prison Break’ trilogy Book #2
Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages – Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 20, 2008 ) – Language: English – ISBN-10: 0345502728 – ISBN-13: 978-0345502728
Back of the Book reads:
Joanna Sutton can cope with the fierce winter storm bearing down on the small rural community of Centennial Valley, Montana; the popular romance writer has survived much worse in life. Haunted by the loss of her husband and child, Jo has found refuge at her family’s secluded lodge, but her haven soon becomes a hell. During the ferocious blizzared, a local Boy Scout troop is stranded in the wilderness, compelling Jo to spearhead a desperate rescue mission, aided by a newly arrived stranger with an unknown agenda.
Meanwhile, Sheriff Tyler McBride hears that two escaped convicts are fast approaching Big Sky Country. Hoping to warn Jo, he faxes over the men’s mug shots. But they never reach their intended recipient. Then Tyler makes a shocking discovery: Two people are dead, and a killer is among the group, along with the woman Tyler loves, searching for his lost son.
More than one innocent life is at stake. For the sake of those Jo cares about most, and for her own survival, she’ll need all the cunning, courage, and passion she can muster to survive the mounting terror.
8-Aug-08 to 13-Aug-08
Review: It actually didn’t take that long to read this one. I had started it on Friday, but because I picked up my copy of Acheron, that one was more important. However, when I finally picked this one back up on Monday, it was damn near unputdownable!
Brennan has a way of writing in descriptions: whether scenery or character development, you get a complete picture of it all.
Joanna still hasn’t gotten over the death of her husband and nine-year-old son four years earlier. While she shows a brave front for her grandfather, sister and niece, she aches daily at the loss. Now she’s staying with her family at their lodge, working everyday and writing. A successful author, she loves writing the stories that touch and warm so many lives.
Tyler wants Joanna with all his being. He’s fallen in love, but is heartbroken when his marriage proposal doesn’t receive the answer he had wanted. Still, he pines for her, waiting for her. He’s raising his son, Jason, alone after his ex-wife dies of cancer, and moved them to Centennial Valley to be closer to his brother, hoping to reclame the friendship they had in their youth.
Tyler receives an anonymous call… two escaped convicts are headed his way – one infatuated with a woman he cut out of a magazine article. The description fits Jo, and with his son stuck in the wilderness with his brother and their Boy Scout troup, tension and suspense are pushed to the forefront.
And rightly so – for one convict, Aaron Doherty, believes he’s in love with Joanna and that she returns his affection. His mental process becomes the header of the novel, and his delusions grow frighteningly. The way Aaron’s mind works (the way Brennan wrote it) is enough to give the reader chills and hope that it never happens to them. In some ways, Doherty is even scarier than the second convict, Chapman, a sadistic killer, who was following Doherty.
Action scenes are great – you see them play out in your mind while reading them. The scenery paint a perfect picture, leaving the reader chilled while reading about a storm howling outside the lodge/cabin. While the love scenes are nice, I felt that there could have been a bigger connection between Tyler and Jo than there was. But what pins the reader is Aaron and his delusions – I don’t think I’ve read a character quite that delusional before.
And after reading the excerpt for Playing Dead, the final book in the trilogy, I sooooo can’t wait to get my hands on it. September 30th can’t come fast enough!