This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Jane Blythe. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Five by Jane Blythe
Also by this author: One, Two, Three, Charity's Wrath, Four, Mackenzie's Trust, Christmas Hostage
Genres: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 24, 2018
Publisher: Bear Spots Publications
Source: Author, Jane Blythe
Purchase at: Amazon
At the hospital Laura Xander bumps into a teenager who claims that she and three other girls were kidnapped five years ago. The man whom she alleges abducted her maintains that he is her father and that his daughter is mentally unbalanced.
A race against time ensues to prove the girls are kidnap victims before the man who says he’s their father takes them home never to be seen again.
Meanwhile the stalker who tried to kill Detective Paige Hood four years ago is back and determined that she will not live to see the morning.
** Warning: Graphic violence and themes of sexual assault/abuse **
Five might be my favorite book in the Count to Ten series thus far, it was that good! The start of this book takes place in the past and wow it was a memorable scene! Chilling, spine-tingling, and horrifying! I was immediately sucked into this book. I just couldn’t believe what was happening! From there the story moved on to the present where characters from previous stories were introduced and as a reader I was updated to what had taken place since their story for the previous characters had ended. I loved seeing where the couples’ lives were in the present, everything was as I imagined it except for one couple. All I have to say to that is whyyyyyy?! Why did she have to push him away?
At the start of Five, there are multiple stories going on and they are explained with past-present transitions until they coalesce into a moment of time where all the characters intersect. Very cool how it was done! Due to an illness, Sofia had been rushed to the hospital and she was accompanied by her family. While at the hospital, Sofia’s sister-in-law, Laura, was approached by a young girl who just seemed to be not right. There was something about her that made Laura feel like she needed help but the girl was quite skittish and refused to open up to Laura and fled the scene when Laura’s husband entered the room.
With no one to turn to but in desperate need of help, not only for herself but for her sisters as well, the young girl found Laura later and opened up to her. Telling her a horrifically evil tale of kidnapping, abuse, captivity, and the mad man who was responsible for it all. This was not something that was easy for Laura to listen to either because she too had a previous experience that was horrific in its own way. Laura knew though that she needed to do something for this girl and her sisters but the girl was holding something back and the scant details she was willing to part with did little in the way of giving her story credence. If they were ever going to help the girls they had to first find out who they were.
In addition to the mystery of the girls in the hospital, there was also a reappearance of Sofia’s stalker and this time he was determined that no one was going to take away Sofia’s happiness, especially not Detective Paige Hood. He thought that nearly beating her death before would have taught her a lesson but he figured that he was obviously mistaken if her current actions were any proof of her intention. With a sadistic lunatic threatening the safety and sanity of not only the girls but of a new victim as well, in conjunction with the misguided intentions of a dangerous stalker, it will be a miracle if everyone survives this situation in one piece!
Oh, I just loved reading Five! I l am not usually a big fan of past-present time transitions but in this story, it was done just right! I love that this series can take very difficult real-life situations which bring me to the brink of horror but they never push me over the edge to where I am traumatized, and believe me that could easily be done with some of the scenarios that are introduced in this series. Five was a page turning thriller for me and it kept me up long into the night because I had to finish it! Overall, Five was amazing and I highly suggest that you read the Count to Ten series so that you can truly get everything out of Five! Such a good read.
*Thank you to Author Jane Blythe for this eARC of Five*