Burning Bright

Burning BrightBurning Bright by Nicholas Petrie
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on January 10th 2017
Pages: 432
Format: arc_pdf
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three-half-stars


Synopsis


"Lots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Petrie s Peter Ash is the real deal."--Lee Child In the new novel featuring war veteran Peter Ash, an action hero of the likes of Jack Reacher or Jason Bourne (Lincoln Journal-Star), Ash has a woman s life in his hands and her mystery is stranger than he could ever imagine. War veteran Peter Ash sought peace and quiet among the towering redwoods of northern California, but the trip isn t quite the balm he d hoped for. The dense forest and close fog cause his claustrophobia to buzz and spark, and then he stumbles upon a grizzly, long thought to have vanished from this part of the country. In a fight of man against bear, Peter doesn t favor his odds, so he makes a strategic retreat up a nearby sapling. There, he finds something strange: a climbing rope, affixed to a distant branch above. It leads to another, and another, up through the giant tree canopy, and ending at a hanging platform. On the platform is a woman on the run. From below them come the sounds of men and gunshots. Just days ago, investigative journalist June Cassidy escaped a kidnapping by the men who are still on her trail. She suspects they re after something belonging to her mother, a prominent software designer who recently died in an accident. June needs time to figure out what s going on, and help from someone with Peter s particular set of skills. Only one step ahead of their pursuers, Peter and June must race to unravel this peculiar mystery. What they find leads them to an eccentric recluse, a shadowy pseudo-military organization, and an extraordinary tool that may change the modern world forever."

My thoughts on this book

This is the second book in the Peter Ash series, it was a great read. Well plotted story, good character development, moves along at a good pace.

June’s mother, a brilliant programmer was a victim of a hit and run accident, now someone
Is trying to kidnap June in effort to get access to June’s mother’s program. Peter Ash a veteran with PTDS meets up with June, together they try to figure out who wanted June’s mother dead to get her last program.

Peter and June with a full cast of characters pursue and are pursued making for an action packed read. I received this book from Penguins First to Read, for an honest review.

The River at Night

The River at NightThe River at Night by Erica Ferencik
Published by Gallery/Scout Press on January 10th 2017
Pages: 304
Format: arc_pdf
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
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three-half-stars


Synopsis


A high stakes drama set against the harsh beauty of the Maine wilderness, charting the journey of four friends as they fight to survive the aftermath of a white water rafting accident, The River at Night is a nonstop and unforgettable thriller by a stunning new voice in fiction.
Winifred Allen needs a vacation.
Stifled by a soul-crushing job, devastated by the death of her beloved brother, and lonely after the end of a fifteen-year marriage, Wini is feeling vulnerable. So when her three best friends insist on a high-octane getaway for their annual girls’ trip, she signs on, despite her misgivings.
What starts out as an invigorating hiking and rafting excursion in the remote Allagash Wilderness soon becomes an all-too-real nightmare: A freak accident leaves the women stranded, separating them from their raft and everything they need to survive. When night descends, a fire on the mountainside lures them to a ramshackle camp that appears to be their lifeline. But as Wini and her friends grasp the true intent of their supposed saviors, long buried secrets emerge and lifelong allegiances are put to the test. To survive, Wini must reach beyond the world she knows to harness an inner strength she never knew she possessed.
With intimately observed characters, visceral prose, and pacing as ruthless as the river itself, The River at Night is a dark exploration of creatures—both friend and foe—that you won’t soon forget.

My thoughts on this book

The River at Night is about 4 women who decide to spend a weekend white water rafting in the backwoods of Maine. The woman lose their guide and spend the next three days trying to get back down the river to civilization. Along the way there are people who are trying to stop them.

The story is billed as psychological thriller but it is more just a suspense/mystery. It is well plotted and the characters are interesting enough. It is a very readable story and I enjoyed it. Anyone who loves a mystery would enjoy this book.

Thanks to Gallery/Scout Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.