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On the coldest night of the year, Stephen Porter is pulled from a restless sleep by a midnight phone call. His 17-year-old daughter Sara is stranded in a blizzard near the top of a mountain beyond their suburban home.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 21st 2017 by Post Hill Press
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
If I had to pick just one word to describe Chris Beakey's novel Fatal Option, it would be seedy.

To paraphrase Dr Seuss in The Cat in the Hat, 'I did not like it, not one little bit.'

After abandoning it at 71% (WHY did I bother to read so far....?) I feel quite drained. I could not read one more word.

The characters are all angst-ridden. They are all either alcoholic or drug users or both; abused or abusers. I liked none of them. I care about none of them. Fatal Option should come with a health w
Linda Strong
There is a consequence for every decision you make. The Porter family is finding that out for themselves.

Stephen Porter is dealing with the death of his wife ... was it suicide or an accident .. or something more sinister?

His 17-year-old daughter, Sara, calls her dad in the middle of the night. She's stranded in a blizzard at the top of a mountain. She's supposed to be spending the night with a girlfriend who lives just a few blocks away. She decided to spend the night with her boyfriend .. who
If you think you can dissect a thriller and beat the author to the finish, you need to pick up FATAL OPTION by Chris Beakey! If you have never read a dark thriller, you need to pick up FATAL OPTION by Chris Beakey! Dark, chaotic and rich with web-like plot twists, this is truly edge of your seat reading that will have your guts churning and your knuckles clenched.

Color me impressed. On one of the worst winter nights of the year, Stephen is awakened from his drunken sleep by the terrified voice o
I received this ARC from in exchange for a review.

After an evening of binge drinking, Stephen gets a call from his 17 yr old daughter Sara that she is stranded in a blizzard and needs a ride. No one else can help her, not even the police. So Stephen gets in his car and sets off a chain of events.

We know who the bad guy(s) is throughout the story, the tension is built by the cat and mouse games everyone is playing with everyone else including the police. Everyone is hiding somethin
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
What would you do if your child needed you but you had to break the law in order to help her? Stephen Porter is faced with this moral dilemma when his teenage daughter calls him in the middle of the night. She’s lied to him about where she was going and now her car has broken down during a blizzard on a mountain and she’s begging for help. But Stephen, who is grieving for his wife who recently mysteriously died, has just had an evening of binge drinking and knows he shouldn’t get behind the whee ...more
August Is Azathoth The Haunted Reading Room
Review of FATAL OPTION by Chris Beakey

What a thrilling mystery! A one-session read because you just can't stop! Author Chris Beakey introduces multiple tangled plot lines, admirably maintains all, and leavens them with a sizable dose of humanity: emotions, mistakes, failings, success, regrets. Overarching are events that change lives, the kind of events about which reader and characters both ponder "if only--." My heart stayed in my throat the entire reading, and many times I wished I could reac
Megan | A Page to Turn
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Just, Wow. This book - dark, twisty, and unpredictable!

I'm a HUGE thriller fan, so when I started this one, I was expecting a great story and Beakey didn't disappoint! I'm a greatly impressed!

On what is most likely the worst winter storm night of the year, Stephen is startled awake by a worried call from his teenage daughter. She's not where she was supposed to be, and she's stranded up on a mountain in bad weather... and Stephen is less than an hour from his last drink.... things get chaotic qu
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy of this book and LOVED it! It was the first book I've read by this author and am hungry for more. Fatal Option was really hard to put down. It was full of suspense from the start and it was this that gripped me. I thought I had figured out "who done it" and was very surprised by the identity of the "real" perpetrator. And I loved that the ending left a little bit of doubt about the fate of the main character.
Anne Allen
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I sat down to read this book, I didn't expect to almost
finish it in one sitting. With the suspense building, I was hooked
after only a few pages. I knew something bad was going to happen,
and I couldn't wait to find out what. The writer has a gift for
keeping the fast, thrilling pace throughout the story.
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ng
Have plenty of time on your hands when you start this gripping novel as you won't be able to leave it alone gets your attention straight away and never lets up, a brilliant WOW moment when all is revealed
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror-thriller
Stephen Porter has just heard some terrible news about the insurance claim concerning his wife's death. He begins a night a binge drinking knowing that his son, Kenneth is safely in his room nursing a black eye after upsetting the school the school hot-head and his daughter, Sara is supposedly a few houses away in their cul-de-sac sleeping over at her friend Madison's house. However, when the weather begins to turn and the roads turn to ice, Stephen receives a call from Sara saying she is strand ...more
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Thanks to NetGalley, the publishers and the author for providing me with a free e-copy in exchange for a free and honest review!*

This is a fantastically thrilling book all about how far a person can be pushed in order to help the people he/she loves.

I really enjoyed how Beakey managed to find this rather perfect balance between going just on the very edge of "i can see someone being pushed this far and doing that" without ever stepping into the zone of "okay now its just going crazy because th
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Fatal Option was a great option for me to read. I dived into this very gripping suspenseful thriller blindly without even reading the blurb and I am delighted I did.
To start with, Fatal Option is by all means a very gripping suspense novel. Although these words have been said a lot to describe thrillers before, but I truly couldn’t put it down. However, this is not the best part. The best part is that it is a thought provoking book with a philosophical aspect.
“Would you break the law for someo
Lynn J
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great Read!!
WOW! This complicated book was a joy to read!!
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book brings to mind the outcome of standing dominoes on end and then pushing the first one to see them all tumble down. The story shows how one person's actions causes another's to follow. It is a really involved story of a family trying to come to grips with bad happenings in their life. The character development is excellent and I found myself feeling empathy for even the bad characters once I found out the reasons for their actions. Very fast paced and a really great read. I .recommend i ...more
Virginia Winfield
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a great read. There were so many twists and turns. It is hard to imagine that one decision can ruin your life. You always want to help your family but it is sometimes not the correct thing to do. I enjoyed this story. I received this book from Smith publicity for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Jessica Judge
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the suspense in this book and how I tried to figure out what was going to happen next. I felt like the storyline got a bit messy and jumbled towards then end.
Schuyler Wallace
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Chris Beakey’s “Fatal Option” is a riveting novel that explores decisions that try one’s principles and common sense. When loved ones are threatened, emotion takes over and judgment falters. Beakey not only presents such problems and their tenuous decisions, he entangles them in a web of bad behavior by others that makes such poor judgment even more egregious.

Stephen Porter has picked a bad time to drink himself into oblivion over disastrous events in his life. His wife has apparently committed
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. Chris Beakey's Fatal Option captivated me from the beginning. Having spent years reading the thriller genre, I had all but stopped due to poor writing and plots that were too simple and dull. Not so with this one! The characters that Mr. Beakey created were so imaginable to me, as relatives, friends, and even the ones to fear. I carried them with me until well after I finished this book. The characters backgrounds and current behavior ...more
Many thanks to NetGalley and publisher for advancing me a copy of “Fatal Option” by Chris Beakey in exchange for an honest review.

Simply amazing. Gripping? Yes. Suspenseful? Yes. A thriller? Yes. Fast Paced? Yes. “Fatal Option” is a must-read. I was hooked right from the start and kept on reading till the very end. The characters were intriguing, each one having his/her place in the story. When I finished, I kept thinking about all that went on. Talk about a novel that’s thought-provoking. I q
Collette Mcgaahan
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent story that engages you from the first and had me trying to decide what I would do if I were the dad being called by his daughter on such a night and in such conditions (won't say more as I never give plot away) and then the options of what would I do seem to keep on coming!
The characters were ones I easily could sympathise with so some were very likable whilst others definitely not. The plot was easy to follow on the whole and the descriptive passages came across so well I could fee
Marsha Rickless
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stephen Porter, recently widowed due to his wife's presumed suicide and trying to deal with his two children's issues and problems, turns to alcohol as a means of solace. During a night of binge drinking he gets a phone call from his terrified 17 yr. old daughter who is caught in a blizzard near the top of a mountain after having lied to her father as to her whereabouts-on the mountain for a secret assignation. Knowing he has no business driving in his drunken state he heads out to find her and ...more
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was able to get an advance copy of this book and felt very honored to be one of the first to read it. I liked the character development and the suspense - very well paced and hard to put down. Since it takes place during a wintry snowstorm, it was even more fun to read since I was reading it during a snowy weekend in Wisconsin. I haven't read a suspenseful novel in such a long time - this was really a great way to get back into this genre.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you Net Gallery for the opportunity to read Fatal Option by Chris Beakey. I had never heard of Chris Beakey and I liked the cover for this novel. Well I am glad I did - from start to finish, this is a really good book. When two forces collide on a dark road, on a snowy evening, all "hell breaks loose".
I could not put this book down and that hasn't happened to me in awhile.
This is a thriller and mystery. Readers will be on the edge of their seat.
Really good - RECOMMEND!
Leanne Tovo
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well paced novel exploring the mystery surrounding an apparent suicide, and the turmoil of a family finding their footing under rocky circumstances in a new town. The town's inhabitants are not the easiest to get along with... especially with a killer amongst their midst. This novel had me staying up late at night to find out who and how and had twists that I did not see coming. A thoroughly enjoyable read that I would recommend to lovers of suspense.
Katherine Hayward
The synopsis had me hooked and the book did not disappoint. I was drawn in from the first page. Brilliant pacing plot and strong, realistic characters. The book has it all: action, suspense mystery and family drama.
I recieved an advance reading copy of this from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. A brilliant thriller I did not want to end.
Jean Whiddon
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Chris Beakey has crafted a tense thriller, a grab-you-by-the-collar-and-won't-let-you-go-until-it's-done kind of novel. This book is a great escape: fun, full of twists, turns and Aha! moments, straight through to its murderous conclusion. Curl up with a copy as soon as you can.
Cheryl Shrock
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very suspenseful from start to finish. Many mysteries going on simultaneously and then all come together for an exciting climax.
John Showell
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read at two sittings. Was unable to put it down.
Rhonda Lomazow
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A chilling thriller a tense multilayered book.Could not put down.
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Hey there – thanks for visiting me on Goodreads! I write book reviews for the New York Journal of Books, and on my blog at, and always enjoy learning about books people are reading and liking. My second thriller, FATAL OPTION, is on its way to publication by Post Hill Press and distribution by Simon & Schuster in February of 2017. I think the best way to describe it is by ...more
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