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Dead of Winter by Sherry Knowlton
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his book has one of the best thriller openings I’ve read in a while. Alexa Williams, her old flame Reese and social worker friend Tyrell have just gone out and tested Tyrell’s new drone. Now they are looking at the footage when suddenly they spot what looks like a body in a pool of blood.

This leads them to search for the spot until they find a man who looks like he’s been executed by a firing squad. Next to him a note in Arabic that makes it look like an act of terrorism.

It turns out that this is not the only such killing. Reese becomes a suspect in the executions, which makes it hard for him and Alexa to re-kindle their old flame. But the inhabitant’s of Alexa’s small Pennsylvania town turn into a mob and go after a family of newly-settled Syrian refugees, fueled by anti-Muslim rage, while a local militia group targets Alexa.

One dark night in the dead of winter, Alexa discovers who is behind the murders and must race to stop an attack that could kill hundreds. If she fails, she could lose everyone she loves.

The thrilling plot is interwoven with a story from the past, about two slaves who escape their master through the underground rail road and ends up fighting with John Brown at Harper’s Ferry. I found this story very gripping and was tempted to fast-forward to those sections to read it all in one piece.

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Reading Progress

February 19, 2019 – Started Reading (Kindle Edition)
February 19, 2019 – Shelved (Kindle Edition)
February 20, 2019 – Started Reading
March 3, 2019 – Shelved
March 3, 2019 – Finished Reading

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