Blindsided by Kate Watterson

ebook, 221 pages
Expected publication: July 9th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
About the Book:
A young woman encounters the killer she accused years earlier—and finds herself drawn back into a vortex of evil she thought she’d left far behind her. A decade after Cadence Lawrence accused the perpetrator in the brutal murder of her high school friend, she’s finally put the nightmare to rest. But the ghosts of her past won’t rest, and an unexpected encounter with the killer reawakens demons she thought were long dead. Gripped by paranoia, Cadence fears she’s being stalked, and suspects that the murderer has invaded the sanctity of her home. Could her chance encounter have rekindled the savage rage that claimed the life of her friend and now threatens Cadence herself? Half-crazed with fear, Cadence takes flight, but instead of finding sanctuary, she runs headlong into one of the worst snowstorms to blast northern Wisconsin in years. Stranded, freezing, and alone, Cadence confronts her worst nightmare—until deliverance comes in the form of a stranger who rescues her and offers shelter from the blinding storm. But something is not altogether right with her savior, and Cadence is faced with another impossible dilemma. Should she trust this enigmatic stranger, or once again flee for her life? In the midst of an unrelenting storm, the walls are closing in on Cadence.

I choose this book during a snowstorm, here in Toronto, where we got over 25 cm of the white stuff. This book actually gripped me when it first began. While Cadence was driving through a snowstorm, I felt like I was in the car with her. Soon after she finds herself seeking refuge with a stranger, in his cabin. What a great premise for a thriller. I was really excited about this book as it fits my genre preference.

The writing was okay but the characters were bigger than life. The heroine made some poor choices trying to save herself, and her new boyfriend, from an old high school friend. Her heroics were a little over the top and hard to believe. Maybe my expectations were set too high? I finished it but I doubt the heroine could have really done what she did.

Bottom Line: This was a clever plot, but I didn't like the presentation. I found myself speed reading to get to the next point of interest and some parts were really tense at times. The physical demands of the main character didn't seem realistic, but there were nice twists in how the plot developed.

Thank you NetGalley, Crooked Lane Books and Kate Watterson for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

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