My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Far Gone is book #2 in the Badlands thriller series by Danielle Girard and NO this is not a book that can be read as stand-alone. The story moves forward thru Kylie and Lily and Lily’s story takes off from the past events that are interconnected to the reveals in book #1.
White Out, the first in the series, honestly didn’t impress me much, coz the central story had to have a huge suspension of disbelief from the reader for it to work. But I loved the author’s writing style keeping the readers engaged and thankfully in Far Gone, she has worked wonders in carving a knuckle-biting and intensely tense storyline. The twists and turns gave me a whiplash trying to keep up with Kylie as she untangles the puzzle surrounding the Visser family and their daughter 14 yr old Hannah.
Detective Kylie Milliard, unlike book one, takes center stage here as she struggles to race against time to get to the witness before the killer strikes again. The small-town vibe conveyed in the book is brilliant, there’s a sense of claustrophobia that adds to a subtle threat just around the corner.
Trigger warning to readers who have problems with drug abuse. It is mentioned in every other chapter that is focused on Hannah. So, for those having concerns, I would advise you to read it with caution.
I simply loved how the author has clearly demarcated the diabolical manipulative love of a mother with the no holds barred love of a father in the story. It is again evidence of the fact that a tsunami could be brewing behind a closed door and none would be the wiser.
On-your toes read!
Many thanks to Net Galley, Thomas & Mercer, and the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily.
From the USA Today bestselling author of White Out comes a story of two heroines with shattered pasts and a town with blood on its hands.
When a North Dakota couple is shot down in their home in cold blood, the sleepy town of Hagen wakes with a jolt. After all, it’s usually such a peaceful place. But Detective Kylie Milliard knows better.
Despite not handling a homicide investigation in years, Kylie is on the case. A drop of blood found at the scene at first blush promises to be her best evidence. But it ultimately only proves that someone else witnessed the murder—and the results are shocking: the DNA reveals a familial match to a crime involving local nurse Lily Baker from over a decade ago. This unveiling stirs new nightmares for Lily as she’s forced to reckon with the most traumatic time in her life.
Haunted by their pasts and hunting the killer, Kylie and Lily uncover hellish secrets and impossible truths, finding answers that put both their lives in jeopardy.
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