by Jane Blythe
My rating: 5 stars
Series: Count to Ten - Book 5
Publisher: Bear Spots Publications (January 24, 2018)
Publication Date: January 24, 2018
Genre: Mystery | Suspense
Print Length: 250 pages
Available from: Amazon
At the hospital Laura Xander bumps into a teenager who claims that she and three other girls were kidnapped five years ago. The man whom she alleges abducted her maintains that he is her father and that his daughter is mentally unbalanced.
A race against time ensues to prove the girls are kidnap victims before the man who says he’s their father takes them home never to be seen again.
Meanwhile the stalker who tried to kill Detective Paige Hood four years ago is back and determined that she will not live to see the morning.
** Warning: Graphic violence and themes of sexual assault/abuse **
Five by Jane Blythe (Count to Ten, #5)
Jane Blythe is back with another raw and gritty tale of twisted evil and trauma. In a terrifying game of physical, mental and emotional survival one woman ventures from the safety of her home to support a friend in need only to find herself caught up in a deadly nightmare that is reminiscent of the torturous days that stole her life.
FIVE is a chilling tale of abduction, control and abuse as a young and terrified teen risks everything in telling Laura a nightmarish tale that has spanned five years. Four girls were kidnapped and held prisoner by a monster who alternated between kindness and brutal control and now, one trip to the emergency room and Fate have given them a slim chance for freedom and hopes to see their families again.
Hang on tight for this thriller that will hit readers at their very core and have parents double-checking that their children are tucked safely into their beds. In a case of a teen’s gut-wrenching tale versus the charming demeanor of her “father,” the lives of four children will hang in the balance as an already fragile Laura may be the only person with the strength to both believe and save them, but at what cost to herself?
Once again, Jane Blythe holds nothing back, creating a tale of terror and exposure that could easily have been dismissed. You will feel the frustration, the sense of hopelessness and the gut-deep determination of one girl to stand against the force of control she has been living under. You will recognize the trauma Laura faces re-living her past and the sheer strength and grit she displays when she could have run cowering back into a corner.
Chilling to the bone, well-written and enough to send the hairs on the back of your neck to full attention, Jane Blythe has scored another nightmarish hit.
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Jane Blythe!