Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Contemporary | Thriller
It’s high summer in the Mojave Desert, and Kristine Rush and her fiancé, Daniel, are en route from Las Vegas to Lake Arrowhead, California, for the July Fourth holiday weekend. But when Daniel is abducted from a desolate rest stop, Kristine is forced to choose: return home unharmed, but never to see her fiancé again, or plunge forward into the searing desert to find him…where a killer lies in wait.
I am still recovering from my super loooong weekend, my brain is still scrambled so I'll make this review short.
SWERVE by Vicki Pettersson is one fucked-up novel. It's a twisted, gripping, dark, thriller that will make you want to look away, but the suspense and mystery will keep you turning the pages because you want to know how this shitfest is going to conclude. The novel is small scaled, very character driven, and told entirely in Kristine Rush's POV. It's also one of those novels where I can't say much because I'll spoil it for you, so just marinade on the blurb and let your imagination do the rest.
As for me? I loved SWERVE, it's my kind of disturbed read. From a reader's standpoint, I was curious who the bad guy, Malthus, is and what his motives are for punishing Kristine. Malthus is an evil genius, but I guess one can't predict the other person's response no matter how careful we've plotted the torture we set up for them. This horror show is a battle of wits, will, and might, and it's what kept me reading until late at night. I'm imagining this happening to me and I think I would've given up much much sooner than Kristine.
I held back on the 5th star because I felt that the novel was longer than it should've been considering Malthus was revealed halfway. That or it might've been better if he was revealed later in the novel. The succeeding events felt anti-climactic after the revelation and I got impatient waiting for the resolution. Overall, SWERVE was a great, holiday themed novel. It gave me the heebie-jeebies, paranoid, and contemplating what I would do if I were in Kristine's shoes *shivers*. I can only be hopeful SWERVE isn't my life otherwise I wouldn't be here, benignly writing this review for you.