Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ruthless by John Rector (4 stars)

About Ruthless

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (June 1, 2015)
Paperback: 280 pages

Nick White is the only person who can save Abigail Pierce. After uncovering a plot to have her killed, he attempts to warn her but instead puts himself squarely in the crosshairs. They know who he is, they know where he lives, they know how to get at his family.

Drawn into the conspiracy surrounding Abigail, Nick soon discovers the danger is bigger than he ever believed. Now he must uncover the truth to save her and himself. 

Gripping and intense, this novel is a twisted thrill ride from bestselling author John Rector. 
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Sitting in a bar one night, Nick White's life forever changes when a woman gives him an envelope. Inside is a lot of money and a mark. The problem: it wasn't meant for Nick. He knows he should just walk away, but he can't seem to. Nothing will ever be the same.

Starting this book is like getting on a roller coaster. Tension builds right away and there are several twists and turns and intense drops. Often, there's barely enough time to catch your breath before the next plot twist. Nick is a great character, and I believed he wanted to help this stranger. Something compelled him to get involved. Even with very little back story, I bought into his compulsion to figure out the mystery behind this targeted woman. That being said, I kept wishing I did know more about Nick so I could better understand his motivation. 

Then, with about one-third of the book left, things began to falter a bit. Although the twists were still intriguing, they were getting a bit strange. By the end, I was left scratching my head. Not only was it abrupt, it came out of left field. The last thirty pages kept this from being a 5-star read, in my humble opinion.

Still, if you love a compelling story that keeps you guessing right until the very end, pick up a copy of Ruthless. It's a quick and fascinating read.

Rating: 4 stars

51NMRGFRgOL._UX250_About John Rector 

JOHN RECTOR is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of THE GROVE, THE COLD KISS, ALREADY GONE and OUT OF THE BLACK. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and won several awards including the International Thriller Award for his novella LOST THINGS, many of his other stories can be found in his collection THE WALLS AROUND US. 

He lives in Omaha, Nebraska.
Thanks to TLC for my review copy.

Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own. 

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for being a part of the tour!