Saturday, July 20, 2013

REVIEW: NOWHERE TO RUN by NINA D'ANGELO

A dominatrix is murdered; her body displayed in a show of dominance. An actress is found dead beneath the Hollywood sign. 

Stephanie Carovella left her career, her friends and her home town of Los Angeles, but she couldn't outrun the demons on her past. When she is lured back by the death of her best friend she enters a world where no one's safe.

As her deepest and darkest secrets are revealed, Stephanie must find out who she can trust. 

Will it be Jesse Carlisle? Her ex-lover and the man she left behind. He would give anything to have her back in his arms, but is it enough?

Or will it be Jase Devlin? Her best friend's boyfriend, and a man with secrets as dark and dangerous as her own. 

Can Stephanie find her friend’s killer or will she discover that she has nowhere to run?



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Kindle Edition
Published February 9th 2013
Source: eBook received from author in exchange for honest review 

Hhhmmm, Shel...this one has me in quite a conundrum at the moment. I classify it as a thriller what with all of the serial killer business, but there is a lot more going on with all of the characters in this book. The core group of friends of Stephanie, Jesse, Ben, Gena and Angel and those who each have loved and lost really make it a lot more complicated.Maybe we should call it a romantic thriller--with the emphasis more on thrill and less on romance. 

The prologue starts things off with a bang with the opening scene introducing us to the killer through the eyes of Angel, moments before he kills her. This guy brutalizes his victims in the worst ways possible before slitting their throats and staging them in a homage of sorts to how they lived their lives. This event is what brings Stephanie back to Los Angeles after she seemingly fled a few months before. 

Gah! That prologue was straight out of a scary movie--the way she wrote it was perfectly frightening and I was definitely hooked. There were some hints about who the identity of the killer dropped in that prologue but it took me forever to figure out who this sick-o was.

Stephanie is for reals a man eater in every sense of the word. Who doesn't love her? You'd be hard pressed to find someone in this book that she hasn't had a relationship of some sort with, and even though she is unflinchingly honest with where her heart lies...she snaps her fingers and these boys come running! To be honest, I was quite impressed! And then confused....

Yes, our little Stephanie got around --with many of the men in their circle. I'm still scratching my head a little at that--simply because they were all still friendly even after her indiscretions. Sure Gena likes to antagonize her and belittle her and Ben's girlfriend is jealous...but they are all still hanging out and close.I guess it's because it is made very clear, often, that the love of her life was her husband Dom, and so no one really sees her as a real threat to the well being of their group. 

As the body count keeps climbing higher, and the guessing of who is doing this starts flying around in your mind, we finally start to find out why Stephanie is the way she is. She has been through a lot of stuff in her life, starting when she was very young, and it makes it very very difficult for her to get close to people. 

Yes, Courtney, Nina D'Angelo leaves us a trail of hints about Stephanie's past and who the killer was in between the killer's narrative and the other perspectives from the other characters. Every time I thought I had it figured out, another hint would be dropped and throw my great theory all to hell. It was fun and a little infuriating all at once. (If I gave you a dollar for every time I asked you to tell me what is going on in a book, you'd be a rich woman!)

So..Nowhere to Run is quite a thrilling ride...with lots of horrifying scenes that I do not recommend to the faint of heart (I concur!), and some crazy strong and hard headed, put up with no crap heroines (aka, Steph & Gena) that turn these boys lives upside down. My only disappointment is that in the last 20% or so at least, maybe more...was some key characters completely disappeared. I know that there are a lot of loose ends and there is a sequel coming very soon thank goodness, so I will put away my confusion for the abrupt ending for now! 

I hope that with the second book we will see the continuation of all of these characters stories. I, too, think we have many loose ends still left to tie off. 

Courtney: 3 1/2 Stars
Shelley: 3 1/2 Stars


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the awesome review. You girls rock!!!

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