Wednesday 30 January 2013

Book ~ "Primal" (2012) D.A. Serra

From Goodreads ~ What if the worst happens and you're not a policemen, or a soldier, or a spy with weapons training and an iron heart. What if you're a schoolteacher - a mother? 

In this gritty crime thriller, a family vacation takes a vicious turn when a fishing camp is invaded by four armed men. With nothing except her brains, her will, and the element of surprise on her side, Alison must kill or watch her family die. And then, things gets worse.

Schoolteacher Allison is talked into going on a fishing vacation by her husband, Hank, and son, Jimmy.  She would rather be at the spa (me too!).  When they arrive at the camp, they meet the others who will be staying in cabins nearby.  The common meeting place is a lodge where they meet for meals.  There are no phones or Internet ... definitely roughing it.

Ben Burne is in prison and despite being a model prisoner, has been sentenced to death for his crime.  With a month to go before he'll be put to death, Ben does the right thing and offers to donate his kidney to a young woman who needs it.  He's not going to need it anymore, right?  Wrong!

Ben escapes with the help of his crazy brothers and they head to Canada.  On the way, their boat breaks down and that's when things go very badly for the vacationers because that's where the brothers have to stop in for help.  Things turn nasty and it's up to Allison to save her family and the others.  And yes, things do get worse.

This is the first book I've read by this author and I really enjoyed it.  I liked the writing style.  It was fast-paced and kept me wanting to read more.  The characters were well-developed.  I was cheering Allison on.  The Burne Brothers were crazy and that comes through.  I could feel Hank's desperation and frustration in wanting to help his wife.  I'd recommend this book and will look for more by this author.


Masshole Mommy said...

Sounds like I'd be sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time.

Teddy Rose said...

Thanks for taking part in the tour. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book!

Tia Bach said...

I agree, an excellent book. The author clearly portrayed the characters' motivations!

Unknown said...

This was brilliant. It made my top 11 books of 2012. It really packed a punch for sure. I loved it. Great review hon. Thank you so much for sharing hon. You hit it on the head :)