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July 6, 2015

Loved It: Swerve by Vicki Pettersson

Series: Standalone
Format: eGalley
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 fiancĂ©, 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 fiancĂ© 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. 










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39 comments:

  1. This sounds amazing! Thanks for the stellar review!

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  2. Adding this shitfest to my TBR. LOL! Great review!

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    1. Haha, that's a great way to describe this :)

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    1. This was a happy (morbid) coincidence

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  4. I would crack under any kind of pressure lol This sounds excellent!

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. I peeked at the ending after reading the first two chapters. LOL

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  5. Wow Braine, tell us how you really feel ;)

    I love Petterssen, try her Celestial Blues series its Rockabilly at its best and a kinder and gentler Petterssen. I haven't read Swerve yet. I have to be in the right mind set for this kind of read so it's on my wait shelf with Normal by Graeme Cameron
    Thanks for your Fantastic review!!!
    ps-My long weekends are what I like to call a prelude to when I retire ;)

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    1. ooh Normal is another book I want to read!

      P.S. who doesn't love long weekends?!

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  6. I've been seeing the cover for this book more and more, but this is the first time that I've read the summary. Wow! I'll have to take a look at this one. A "disturbed read" like this one would be a fun change for me. :)

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    1. The cover is creepy, the story even creepier!

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  7. Hm... Evil genius, disturbed reasons, punishment, makes you want to look away - OF COURSE is the kind of read you will love! And that, in a nutshell, is why I love you, lol :D Sounds awesome. I'll give a try myself.

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    1. Download a sample, you'll be hooked after the first chapter.

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  8. Oh I am curiou about this one. I love a thriller but I am wondering if this gets too dark and gory...

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    1. It did. Download a sample or read an excerpt? Hopefully it fits you

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  9. Great review -- I loved this one as well! Agree that the end was a bit anti-climatic but the "finale" was pretty good!!

    My review HERE!

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    1. I enjoyed us comparing notes :), thanks for visiting!

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  10. I've seen this book around, but really not in the mood for thrillers right now. I'll keep it in my back pocket though. :)

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    1. That better than swearing this off

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  11. I've been thinking about getting this one!! :D

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    1. Great! Grab yourself a copy. Be disturbed!

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  12. I read this a couple weeks ago and liked it. I figured it out by the 2nd chapter, so I lost some interest, but I still liked seeing how effed up it would get.

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    1. You are a better investigator than I am. i didn't even give myself a chance since I peeked at the ending lol

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  13. Oh this sounds good, plus you had me with the first sentence of your review. LOL Yea, that got my attention. :D

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  14. This one sounds so freaking creepy, keeping you guessing on Malthus and his intentions. Wonderful review Braine, this one is new to me!

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    1. Thank you, I love psych horrors more than the paranormal ones.

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  15. I didn't know that the author had wrote books like that. I have some in my wish-lit but I still need to try them.

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    1. This is completely different and darker than Celestial. I'm now itching to read her Zodiac series.

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  16. Your kind of disturbed, as well as the fact that Swerve is so character-driven made me add it to my TBR, Braine! I love that you couldn't say much in order to not spoil anything for the rest of us ;)
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. It's one of those books where the slightest clue will unravel the mystery. It's better experienced than told

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  17. Wow...now I am super curious! Was it gory at all?

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    1. It has its moments but it's not like Saw

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  18. I am not really a fan of disturbing reads, this sounds a bit too freaky for me. It sounds like the revelation is a bit too early in the book though. Although sometiems I like it when they don't wait till the end with the revelation.

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    1. Me too, keep me guessing. throw me off. Keep me in suspense THEN unravel it for me

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  19. You had me at fucked up and twisted!!!! I gotta read this one.

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  20. I'ts neat that you read a 4th of July-themed novel over the 4th of July weekend! You have me most curious about Kristina and Malthus - all this punishment and how much Kristina endured before giving in. And what does it mean that she gave in? This is going on my tbr. Great review, Braine! And I hope you're having a great! <3

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  21. I am so into the weird and twisty thrillers these days. I gotta check out Swerve!

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