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White Out: A Thriller (Badlands Thriller Book 1) Kindle Edition
From the bestselling author of the Annabelle Schwartzman series comes a chilling story of a woman with a forgotten past and a town with dark secrets.
After surviving a car accident on an icy road in Hagen, North Dakota, Lily Baker regains consciousness with no idea where or who she is. Scattered Bible verses and the image of a man lying in a pool of blood haunt her memory.
The same night of the accident, a young woman is murdered and tossed in a dumpster. Kylie Milliard, Hagen’s only detective, doesn’t immediately recognize the victim, but Kylie soon discovers that Lily and the dead woman share a dark past…if only Lily could remember what it was.
Lily and Kylie both want answers. But Kylie has to play by the book. Lily has to play it safe. And the more Lily learns about her identity, the more she fears the truth.
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That’s exactly what happens in Danielle Girard’s new thriller, White Out. Lily Baker doesn’t remember much about herself, but she knows that she has something dark she needs to keep secret. And she must listen to her gut about who she can and can’t trust, all the while trying to stay on the good side of local detective Kylie Milliard. What if Kylie discovers the truth before Lily has a chance to bury the secret for good? Worse still, what if Lily deserves to go away for what she did?
White Out is a twisting tale that blows over you like a blizzard: fast, enveloping, and full of blind spots sure to leave you guessing until the very end.
- Jessica Tribble Wells, Editor
About the Author
Danielle Girard is the author of Chasing Darkness, the Rookie Club series, and Exhume, Excise, Expose, and Expire featuring San Francisco medical examiner Dr. Annabelle Schwartzman. Girard’s books have won the Barry Award and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, and two of her titles have been optioned for movies. A graduate of Cornell University, Girard received her MFA at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. She, her husband, and their two children split their time between San Francisco and the northern Rockies. White Out, book one of her new Badlands Thriller series, is available now. Visit her at www.daniellegirard.com.
- ASIN : B07RW8TB3D
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (1 August 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 5330 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 365 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542000106
- Best Sellers Rank: 5,984 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Totally recommend for lovers of thrillers.
This book would not permit the relaxation to happen, keeping me alert for hours beyond my usual sleep starting time.
While parts of the plot stretched credibility, sufficient reality remained to keep the story possible and therefore believable.
If you like a story with lots of facets and plenty of suspense, I recommend this is one for you.
Great sub plot for Lily to add something a bit unique however, Lily with amnesia of some kind and Iver the alcoholic bar owner returned from Afghanistan who suffers long term from a concussion, including memory loss as a symptom was a bit of a cop out (excuse the pun) because the fact is, if you take away the amnesia and the concussion of two major witnesses/suspects, the book would be about 60pages long and evident from the start about who was involved. Then there was a lack of detail about Derek.
I enjoyed it, but put it in the "read in an afternoon, doesn't require your full attention and you know 'whodunit' and how it would end very quickly" pile.
Still enjoyable for the right time/mood, but not by any means knock your socks off. Would lean more to 2.5 but for the time and effort it takes authors to write any book, I feel as though if I rate it a half star it deserves to go up, not down, out of respect for the work that went into it.
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I would say one thing though to the author, please, please don’t throw bible verses in through the earlier part of the book when they are totally irrelevant. All it does is annoy and irritate, and in fact could have stopped me reading what turned out to be a great read. By the way religion is not a feature of the book. I guess the author thought it did something for Lily’s character. I strongly disagree. And all bible references just disappear later in the book, proving my point that they were irrelevant.
I received this free from Kindle First reads and chose it because I’d read an earlier book, Exhume, by the same author under the same program, which I enjoyed.
The story started so well, it was a page turner for the first 100 pages, then I don’t know what happened. This moving across the characters for different points of view was ok in the beginning but then it began to feel tiring. The author kept building up the story and suspence and then interrupt it and change character so I just became disinterested... it was too much.
Also, the plot really has some inconsistencies... to the point that when I finished reading the book I though that probably I Must have skipped a few pages at some point because i just couldn’t make sense of the ending. It was really flawed, but I am sure i did not skip pages... I’m not sure I would recommend this book.
Ten years previously, Lily and two other teenagers were kidnapped and held captive for 16 months. They did escape after the alleged kidnapper was killed, by Lily. In the present Lily has been involved in a traffic accident and as a result has lost her memory. She cannot remember the ordeal and little else.
On the same evening of the traffic accident a female body is found in a skip, outside a local bar, owned by Iver. He is a war veteran having served in Afghanistan. He suffers from PTSD. To blot out his anxiety and depression, Iver self medicates with alcohol; he’s an alcoholic.
There is a connection between Iver and Lily. They were boyfriend and girlfriend at school. Iver has frequent blackouts due to his alcohol intake and remembers nothing, at times. He becomes a suspect in the murder of the female found in the skip.
In charge of the case is Kylie Milliard. She’s the only detective in the the township where the storyline is based. She’s after promotion and is determined to prove herself.
Various links between the characters evolve as the plot progresses and there are more killings and more suspects, although Iver remains top candidate. Without going into details and spoiling the read, all I will say is that the reveal of the perpetrator is rather ‘old hat’.
Girard is a skilled story teller. This has promise for a series but in the next instalment I hope the plot is clearer without the need to recap and clarify.
I am now following this author, and will be pre-ordering the second novel in the series.