New York Times bestseller Allison Brennan’s latest standalone is an unputdownable race to the dramatic finish.
After five years in hiding from their murderous father, the day Kristen and Ryan McIntyre have been dreading has arrived: Boyd McIntyre, head of a Los Angeles crime family, has at last tracked his kids to a small Montana town and is minutes away from kidnapping them. They barely escape in a small plane, but gunfire hits the fuel line. The pilot, a man who has been raising them as his own, manages to crash land in the middle of the Montana wilderness. The siblings hike deep into the woods, searching desperately for safety—unaware of the severity of the approaching storm.
Boyd’s sister Ruby left Los Angeles for the Army years ago, cutting off contact in order to help keep her niece and nephew safe and free from the horrors of the McIntyre clan. So when she gets an emergency call that the plane has gone down with the kids inside, she drops everything to try save them.
As the storm builds, Ruby isn’t the only person looking for them. Boyd has hired an expert tracker to find and bring them home. And rancher Nick Lorenzo, who knows these mountains better than anyone and doesn’t understand why the kids are running, is on their trail too.
But there is a greater threat to Kristen and Ryan out there. More volatile than the incoming blizzard, more dangerous than the family they ran from or the natural predators they could encounter. Who finds them first could determine if they live or die. . .
This sprawling standalone from bestseller Brennan (the Lucy Kincaid series), set mainly in Montana's Rocky Mountains, hits the ground running. Tony Reed, a hired killer for a vicious L.A. crime family run by matriarch Frankie McIntire, kidnaps his boss's grandchildren—Kristen and Ryan—at the request of their mother, who wants to take them far away from the notorious McIntire clan. Five years later, a killer tracks down 16-year-old Kristen and 10-year-old Ryan, who is hard of hearing, at the remote ranch where they've been living and plans to return them to Frankie. When Tony learns they've been discovered, he attempts to shuttle the children to safety in a small plane, which crashes in the wilderness, killing him. Left to fend for themselves, Kristen and Ryan enter a blood-pounding game of cat and mouse with the killer and his laundry list of accomplices. Brennan writes vivid, exciting action sequences, but her large cast, each of whom sports a complicated backstory, can be difficult to keep straight. Established fans of the author may enjoy this, but it isn't Brennan's best. Agent: Dan Conaway, Writers House.
It was a good read
After reading so many bad books on the best sellers list and wondering how in the heck they got there, this was my summer surprise, an actually good book. Shocking, I know. Good story, good character development, and a lovely quick pace. Noting dragged, and things were pretty tidy in the end. I enjoyed the fact that the author treated the younger characters like clever, thinking people and didn’t dummy them down.
Another great Brennan book!
Couldn’t put it down.
North of Nowhere
Long drawn out story, with twists and turns to the point it’s boring. Just wanted the story and book to end.