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It’s high summer in the Mojave Desert, and Kristine Rush and her fiancé, Daniel, are en route from Las Vegas to Lake Arrowhead, California, for the July Fourth holiday weekend. But when Daniel is abducted from a desolate rest stop, Kristine is forced to choose: return home unharmed, but never to see her fiancé again, or plunge forward into the searing desert to find him…wh ...more
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Published July 7th 2015 by Gallery Books
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Kristin and her doctor fiancé are headed up to his mom's estate for the Fourth of July holiday. Kristin spills some coffee and wants to stop and change her clothes. They pull off at a abandoned rest stop in the desert. Do these people not watch horror movies!??? Never do that!



Kristin is attacked in the restroom by a guy with a knife.


She gets away but realizes that the creeper has kidnapped her fiancé, Daniel.
She gets that call. Say good-bye. Now. Or he dies.


That begins a game of cat and mou
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karen
Jun 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley


this is a very medium-book for me.

it's a solid premise - a nurse and her surgeon fiancé are driving through the las vegas desert on their way to his wealthy and snooty mother's home for a fourth of july party when they pull over into a deserted rest stop so kristine can change out of her scrubs. already anxious because she has a fear of dark, confined places after a scarring childhood experience, kristine is completely terrified when a man enters the restroom and shoves a knife at her through th
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Sue
All I can say is Wow! What a ride. This book was amazing! I was blown away!

“Swerve” by Vicki Pettersson, is a fast-paced psychological thriller, that will terrify you and leave the reader stunned and shocked. While this novel is full of suspense, and non-stop action, be aware that this novel is not for the squeamish, as some disturbing scenes were quite gruesome in nature.

Kristine, a physician’s assistant and her surgeon fiancé, Daniel, are on a trip to Lake Arrowhead for the 4th of the July. (t
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

When a book promises to combine two of my favorite things (a Road Trip and some Stabby Stabby), there’s only one thing left for me to do . . .

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“People don’t attack others in broad daylight. They don’t abduct the male half of a couple and leave the female alone.”

Or do they?

When Kristine and her fiancé Daniel stop at a highway rest stop in the middle of the Nevada desert, the unthinkable happens. Kristine is attacked and Daniel disapp
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Linda
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
"My thighs squeak against the leather seat as I lean forward and squint up at the reading -- 108 degrees. Double that if you're being chased by a madman."

Kristine Rush and her fiance, Daniel, are traveling through the desert. Destination? Las Vegas to Lake Arrowhead, California. Kristine needs to change out of her scrubs and into something more appropriate to attend Daniel's mother's 4th of July gathering.

The creep starts to set in as you envision Kristine entering through the doorway of a close
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Wendy Darling
3.5 stars A woman's fiancé disappears at a rest stop, and she's terrorized by a sadistic unknown person who directs her to do unspeakable things in order to save the one she loves. Some mild but very general spoilers below.

The first half of this book is like a slasher torture porn-type horror movie. (If you're at all squeamish, this is definitely not the book for you.) Kristine is relentlessly pursued and pushed to her limits, forced to debase herself and harm others; while the fast-paced callo
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Elizabeth
"A sickness lives inside of you. It's why you always fall short of your biggest dreams."

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Swerve is an action packed suspense thriller. Vicki Pettersson offers a dark and twisted ride that you will never forget!

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Kristine is a single mom who has worked hard to overcome a less than desirable upbringing. Finally finding success working as a physicians assistant, at a local hospital, she has found direction for her life. Not only has she managed to suppress the demons of her past but she has found l
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sue


OMG what have I just sat and read this afternoon

I was so taken in by this read that I forgot all time. Hubby and adult son drove to London today to see a football match. Daughter had a hospital appointment, so I settled down to read this.
I just didn't know, that once I opened the first page I would not move from my seat I was totally captivated by this.

Kristine and her fiance Daniel are on their way to a Fourth of July Holiday party. But Daniel gets abducted.

She is forced to choose, go home
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Edward Lorn
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller fans
Recommended to Edward by: NetGalley
Vicki Pettersson is the love child of Dean Koontz and Gillian Flynn. Okay, she isn't, but she writes like she is.

Swerve piqued my interest because I'm a sucker for scavenger-hunts-to-stay-alive books in the vain of Laymon's In the Dark. I also love anything having to do with road trips and/or crazy stalkers. This seemed to have all three boxes checked, so I requested it from NetGalley. And guess what...

We have a winner, folks.

Swerve explodes out of the gate, leaving the reader breathless and co
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Carol
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always hated stopping at those open-door (fly-infested) roadside rest-stops while traveling by car......you know the ones......they have ominous semi's parked all around and no people. Well, this is where the creepiness begins and Kristine Rush and her fiancé Dr. Daniel find out just how relentless a mysterious madman lurking in the dark can be.

From page one, Swerve had my complete attention right up to the intriguing "little" twist that leads to the deadly secret in the darkness below. Fil

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Jules
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, thriller
Wow!

Swerve is one of the best thrillers I have read, when it comes to the terrifying thrill of a book.

Prepare for it to take your breath away. I read it over three days and feel like I spent most of that time holding my breath while my heart raced. If I had read this for any longer, I think I would have been a nervous wreck!

What would you do if a psychotic stalker abducted the person you really loved while you popped to the toilet on a road trip? Choices are either go home unharmed but never see
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Zoeytron
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-library
Those rest stops that are set way off the highway. Not only do they smell bad, but the lighting always seems weird. Anyone can walk right in there. Might just as well have a sign reading "Danger!" above the entrance in neon strobe lights. Don't go in there. Period.

Alas, Kristine did not get the proverbial memo and ducks into one of these restrooms to change clothes. Her fiance lingers outside by the car taking a call from his mother. Kristine is attacked while inside, and is rendered unconscious
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Jan
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Swerve is an intense, crackling, psychological thriller that grabbed me right from the first chapter and never let go. What a ride!
As the adrenaline started to wear off and I thought about what I had just read, several things hit me at once~
1) There is no way this could have ever happened in real life.
2) About #1-who cares?! The author did such a great job delivering a mind blowing experience that never once while reading it did I ever think 'there's no way this could ever happen in real life.'
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Brenda
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book really got its hooks in me. I've got to wind down now. Catch my breath. Phew! No roller coaster ride with this one. The tension just amped up higher and higher. I felt like I was in a vice.

DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVE A LOW TOLERANCE FOR VIOLENCE AND GORE.

Remember this is fiction. In reality, this would never happen in real life. But don't we read to be taken places we would never go? The main character is female and wow, is she strong. Not just emotionally, but physically. She takes a
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Tooter
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was really disappointed in this book. It started out with an intriguing premise but evolved into a bizarre and unbelievable plotline. Too gory for my taste.
Carol
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol by: Jan
The Hook - Swerve is a thriller promising a heck of a ride.

The Line”But that’s long past, and besides, everyone has something in their history that makes them flinch.”

The Sinker – I wonder how a psychologist would analyze Swerve but I’m just a reader trying to make sense of this experience? Several of my GoodReads friends gave Swerve high marks and I was really looking forward to a good fast-paced thriller by an author I had never read. All started out well. Kristine Rush and her finance Dan
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Carol
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
The Hook - Swerve is a thriller promising a heck of a ride.

The Line”But that’s long past, and besides, everyone has something in their history that makes them flinch.”

The Sinker – I wonder how a psychologist would analyze Swerve but I’m just a reader trying to make sense of this experience? Several of my GoodReads friends gave Swerve high marks and I was really looking forward to a good fast-paced thriller by an author I had never read. All started out well. Kristine Rush and her finance Dan
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Kristine Rush and her fiancé Daniel is traveling through the Mojave Desert on their way to visit Daniel's mother. But then Kristine discovers that Daniel has been kidnapped after a stop at a restroom and now she must follow the instructions of the person that took Daniel if she wants to see him alive again...

I had before I read Swerve read a lot of positive reviews of the book, so after finishing quite a heavy book did I decide that I would go for Swerve since I felt I needed to read something i
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Liz Barnsley
Oh my GOSH I just finished this book and I severely cannot breathe. Seriously edge of the seat stuff, action from first page to last pretty much, no room to stop and consider. A quite simply brilliant thriller with a bad guy that will have you hiding under the bed and a sassy authentic female lead who challenges him to his limits - a true cat and mouse tale that will have you hanging on to your reading sanity by a very thin thread.

Awesomesauce. HIGHLY Recommended.

Full Review to follow nearer pub
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Dana ****Reads Alot****
I had to sit on this for abit. I am honestly still blown away about the book. The book has some disturbing scenes but let me say it is so action packed I read it one night. It was brilliantly written.

Kristine and Daniel are on their way to a picnic holiday when they stop at a truck stop so Kristine can change into more appropiate clothes for trip. as she is in the ladies room she hears noises coming in and she thinnks maybe its Daniel so she calls out...no answer...a man comes in an just knocks
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Elaine
Jul 04, 2015 rated it liked it
When Kristine Rush’s fiancé is abducted from a lonely roadside stop in the Nevada desert she finds herself embroiled in a deadly game of cat and mouse with his abductor. If she wants Daniel back then she is going to have to follow a set of clues and do exactly as she is told. It is a fast moving, bloody and brutal story with a high body count and definitely not one for the squeamish. There is a terrifying secret from Kristine’s past, one which is hinted at throughout most of the read and I did g ...more
Gary
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Net Galley and publishers Gallery books for supplying a forward copy of this novel in exchange for a honest review. This is the first book I have read by author Vicki Pettersson and I was very impressed.
I was drawn in initially by the write up on this novel, but the book starts so strongly it was very difficult to put it down. Lots of edge of the seat action and I thoroughly enjoyed it although I did anticipate many of the twists and turns. Fast paced, good characters and l
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Melissa Marr
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Best book I've read this year. Creepy, edge of the seat, very highly recommended.
Mimi
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Mimi by: a friend of a friend
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Stefanie
Rating 3.5
I had mixed feelings about this book. That certainly seems to put me in the minority there as most reviewers have rated this book very highly.

The storyline was captivating. A woman and her fiancé are en route to his childhood home for the 4th of July holiday. A driving mishap leads to a spilled coffee and they pull over at a rest stop to get cleaned up. That's when all hell breaks loose. The woman is knocked unconscious and when she comes to she discovers her finance is missing. She
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Sean Peters
Oct 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Thank you to Net Galley, the publishers and the author for a preview copy for an honest review.

It’s high summer in the Mojave Desert, and Kristine Rush and her fiancé, Daniel, are en route from Las Vegas to Lake Arrowhead, California, for the July Fourth holiday weekend. But when Daniel is abducted from a desolate rest stop, Kristine is forced to choose: return home unharmed, but never to see her fiancé again, or plunge forward into the searing desert to find him…where a killer lies in wait.

Vick
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Bonnie
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Bonnie by: Kelly (and the Book Boar)
‘The heat haze shimmers atop the road, as if what lies behind me is something I just made up. Like my whole life has been a dream, but now I’ve been jolted awake.

Just in time to watch it all fall away.’


On their way to visit her future mother in law for the Fourth of July weekend, Kristine and her fiancé Daniel stop at a rest stop for her to change her clothes where she gets attacked in a bathroom stall. Never seeing her attacker but being knocked out, she awakens frantic to get to Daniel only
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Erin
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review
ARC for review.

"Action-packed" is a term that is way over-used, especially in movie trailers, but it is apt here. Truly there's hardly one moment in this book where the plot is moving forward at the speed of a race car - it can be almost too much.

First, one must understand and accept that Kristine Rush has the absolute worst luck of any human on the planet....when she's first attacked she immediately thinks, "Not again." Specifically, today, Kristine's fiancee Dr. Daniel Hawthorne has been kid
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Terri Wino
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: year-2015
You know those movie trailers that advertise a heart-pounding, grab you by the throat, roller-coaster thrill ride? Yeah, that pretty much sums up what it was like for me reading this book!
Were there parts that were totally implausible and ridiculous? Yep. Did I give one hoot about those things? Nope!
This book was the first in a long time that actually had me commenting out loud, much like I shout at the TV during intense moments of a great thriller or horror movie (oh, don't act like you haven'
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Dark Faerie Tales
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A thriller of epic proportions, one woman on a mad chase to save the man she loves.

Opening Sentence: “It’s not exactly an ominous building, at least not from the highway.”

The Review:

Kristine and Daniel are on a trip to Lake Arrowhead for the 4th of the July and one stop at a rest area changes everything. Kristine is attacked in the bathroom and when she wakes up, Daniel is gone. She then begins receiving texts on his phone from her phone. Th
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Vicki Pettersson is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of ten novels, most set in her hometown of Las Vegas. Though she'll ever consider that glittering dustbowl home, she now divides her time between Vegas and Dallas,Texas, where she's learning to like good Tex-Mex (easy) and the Dallas Cowboys (easier than you'd think).

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