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Tyler Karras is an honest man, a transplanted Brit living the American dream, but his charmed life takes an unexpected turn when his brother, Nick, is coerced into joining ranks with San Francisco's Russian mafia. Ty intervenes to secure Nick's freedom, yet only succeeds in incurring their wrath. With no choice but to accept Nick's new life, Ty returns to his own, but his dreams are dashed when his wife-pregnant with their first child-is killed, the victim of a reckless crime.

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Overview

Tyler Karras is an honest man, a transplanted Brit living the American dream, but his charmed life takes an unexpected turn when his brother, Nick, is coerced into joining ranks with San Francisco's Russian mafia. Ty intervenes to secure Nick's freedom, yet only succeeds in incurring their wrath. With no choice but to accept Nick's new life, Ty returns to his own, but his dreams are dashed when his wife-pregnant with their first child-is killed, the victim of a reckless crime.

Despondent and bitter, Ty macerates his grief in alcohol. From the depths of the bottle screams a voice, howling for vengeance. His target is a stranger, the woman who drew his wife toward her death. He doesn't know her, but he'll find her, and when he does, he will make her pay, for a deal has been struck with Nick's Russian associates, enslaving her into a life of bondage. But as Ty moves forward in a cloud of alcohol, he mistakes the wrong woman for his intended victim and now all his plans have gone straight to hell.

With his eyes made clear by the stark reality of his mistake, Ty is driven, compelled by remorse and a relentless sense of guilt to make amends and protect Hannah Maguire, the innocent woman whose life he has derailed. He vows to keep her safe and out of the Russians' hands, but they're holding Nick as leverage to force Ty to complete their deal and turn over the girl. Once again, he must fight to free his brother, miring all three lives in further jeopardy. But Ty can't do it all: Save the girl, his brother and his own soul. One of them must make the ultimate sacrifice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938404139
  • Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 6/28/2012
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy started writing fiction rather suddenly one day in 2010. Inspired by a song, she was struck with an idea she couldn’t shake and just had to write it down. It was while working on this, her first novel, that she discovered just how much she loved writing. She only wishes she had known how much years earlier. Nancy makes her fiction debut with The Mistaken. She is an interior designer and California transplant, currently living with her husband near Seattle, WA.

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  • Posted April 24, 2014

    This book is fast-paced and intense. Draws you in from the very

    This book is fast-paced and intense. Draws you in from the very beginning and leaves you unable to put it down!

    There are so many great characters and so much depth to each of the characters.

    Tyler is a clean-cut, hard-working man; he follows all the rules, and abides by all laws. He’s married to a beautiful woman, they have baby on the way; they are living the American dream. He’s robbed of this amazing life the day his wife and unborn baby are ripped from his life.

    Hannah’s life is spiraling out of control when she learns of her husband’s infidelity after 17 years of marriage. She ends up landing herself in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Nick’s life is comprised of bad choice after bad choice. After playing a key role in the death of his parents and younger sister, he heads down a dangerous road of drug and alcohol abuse.  

    In the end, these characters all learn a lot about themselves, and about each other. Life-long secrets are uncovered.

    This is a very dark thriller with plenty of twists and turns. It keeps you guessing and from the very first page until the final page. I rarely stray from the romance genre but I’m very glad I did. This book is very well written, the characters are all so real and this book is so full of raw emotion! An amazing debut novel, I look forward to reading more by this author.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Free book for free review Tyler Karras was the older brother, a

    Free book for free review

    Tyler Karras was the older brother, always wanting to help his kid brother. Tyler felt he needed to be there for his brother and clean
    his messes up. Nick was one of those that made promises but just could not follow thru. Not with Tyler not even with himself.

    Nick gets into serious trouble with the Russian Mafia and this time Tyler is putting his life on the line to bail him out. Tyler feels
    guilty for past issues with Nick and wants to make sure Nick is safe and turning his life around.

    Tyler marries his fiance Jullian, with a baby soon on the way its time to go house hunting. When they hit a brick wall things go
    wrong . . . . Tyler finds himself wanting revenge, this time Nick is there to help, or at least Tyler thinks. . . . .

    There is so much to say about this book ! I LOVED it ! I felt anger, sad and just depressed for Tyler and Nick. Its a fast pace book and
    I promise one you could not put down. This story will stay with you . . . . . .

    Wende

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2013

    The Mistaken is a book with so many twists and turns - definitel

    The Mistaken is a book with so many twists and turns - definitely there was not one dull moment.  Tyler has a brother Nick who just can't seem to stay out of trouble and get his act together.  To repay a debt, Tyler signs on with the Russian Mafia - much to Tyler's dismay.  Nick feels he doesn't have a choice.  He has gotten himself into trouble; his brother has a fiance and no longer has time for him; and he feels responsible for the death of his parents and sister.  




    Tyler ends up getting married and when his wife becomes pregnant there are a series of misfortunes that lead to the death of his pregnant wife and his unborn child.  Vowing to get the person he believes is responsible he develops a plot to capture this person and turn her over to the Russian Mafia.  But it isn't quite that easy as he mistakes someone else for the person he believes is guilty.  Can he get out of this mess that he has created?  Can his brother?  Can he save the innocent woman?  Will he catch the real woman who is guilty?  How far will someone go for the person they love?  




    This story is an amazing thrill ride and the villain isn't really a villain - he is just a guy full of guilt, trying to make it through each day after the loss of his wife and unborn child. Believe it or not there is so much more that happens in this book and you will seriously not be able to put it down.  You will become attached to each character.  Definitely a 5 star read.




    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted February 3, 2013

    I was privileged to have the author of this book previously on m

    I was privileged to have the author of this book previously on my blog announcing this new book as part of a Book Barrage.
    It took me awhile but eventually I got around to read it for myself and what a enjoyable read.
    From start to finish your attention is held as you are drawn into the world of one man Tyler Karras. A young man who walked the straight and narrow but due to tragic circumstances and the manipulation of a younger brother swayed away and got lost in the world of vengeance and bitterness.
    But in all of this a beautiful love story unfolds and you are attracted to both Tyler and Hannah's characters as they run to stay in front of a relentless Mafia boss and his people to sell her into the sex trade. 
    Right from the start we are introduced to Tyler, the main character whose life fell apart. His brother Nick who hanged with the wrong crowd, caused the fatal accident of both their parents and sister. His wife Jillian, a young expected mother who lost their lives in a fatal car accident and the villain in the story Erin Anderson who caused all the heart ache and turmoil. She played a big part in destroying this young man even if they never met. His hatred for her grew as he sank deeper into the bliss of alcohol trying to dull the pain and coping with the loss of his family.




    All well developed characters that captured you, keeping your attention. The story and plot well written to a great build up. As you learn more about the hold that the Russian mafia had on this family without Tyler's knowledge. The implication it had on all involved.
     
    My heart went out to Tyler as you see the mistakes he made, the way he coped with it, the twists and turns his life took to ultimately flee for his life and end in the witness protection program.
    We also met Hannah, young mother who just discovered her husband has a affair with Erin Anderson. Destroying another family in the process. Tyler and she met under the most horrific times and it nearly cost them both something precious, she the victim he the predator. But then when Tyler had a change of heart a story unfolds greater that touched your heart as they flee and get to know each other as human beings, as persons but also as lovers.
    A sweet love that against all odds sustained until the very end.
    A recommendable read to all lovers of thrillers with a unique twist in the story line with all the elements of a good plot.
      

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  • Posted December 30, 2012

    First off, I wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    First off, I wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has excellent pacing, and I found myself reading until the wee hours of the morning. I loved the way all these super broken characters kind of interacted with each other. We have Tyler who's addicted to alcohol, involved with the Russian mob, and whose bi-polar and pregnant wife committed suicide in a road rage incident while trying to avenge herself against a woman that made it impossible to have her Martha Stuart house in San Francisco. And here's where my only few criticisms come into play about this book. It's just so "straight" and "white" that I find it oddly compelling because I believe these stereotypes about "rich white folks" to be absolutely true, yet I wish that they weren't.
    I mean, I guess that's a problem for privileged white women who have the charming husband with an Abercrombie & Fitch body and gorgeous blue eyes. You'd better damned well not get in-between them and their Martha Stuart decorated house which they've envisioned having babies in and choosing plantation shutters over drapes. To be honest, Erin was a dispicable thief who stole money from people as well as identities, and it is well within character for Jillian (Tyler's wife) to put her life and the life of her unborn child on the line for some material goods. Cause let's face it...it's a money money money nation. I just wish this wasn't so true. It's like a Republican mantra: "ya screw with my granite countertops and my high-end Viking appliances people and you got another thing comin'!"
    Don't look for minorities in this book unless you want bad guys. It's told in first person with multiple points of view, which I thought was done masterfully. It's the same kind of thing I loved about Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner and also by George R.R. Martin. It puts you into each character's head. And be aware that the title of each chapter will tell you whose head you're going to inhabit.
    "The Mistaken" has a lot of adult themes in it. You've got rape, kidnapping, murder, extortion, violence, and substance abuse. However anything sexual is told and not shown, i.e., "so and so was raped." I guess that's done to preserve the PG-13 rating similar to video games that have violence galore but anything sexual gets glossed over. I understand the marketing reasons behind this, but as an adult man, I like my books to be written for my age group. In other words...I don't shy away from R-rated movies, but embrace them as I'm over the age of 17. However, this book is clearly not written with regard to my sensibilities but to engage readers who want a lot of action and romance without descriptions of fluid exchange or friction fiction.
    I could totally see this being a made for television movie with a huge audience (I know Nancy cringes at Lifetime, but I could totally see that or the CW--Home of Arrow and the Vampire Diaries). Tyler turns into a major bad ass with Liam Neeson-like skills from the movie "Taken" where he mass murders tons of people using a makeshift pipe that he literally tears loose from a rail around a gladiatorial pit. But just like Arnold Schwarzenegger in True Lies: the people he kills are "all bad."
    I want to reiterate: I loved this book. I blazed through it in two days. I think it's an engaging read for men and women alike. So do yourself a favor and buy a copy today and grab your popcorn. It's one hell of a ride.

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  • Posted December 29, 2012

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    I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review

    I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Tyler Karras, adjusts to being in America and begins living the "American Dream". Until his parents and his sister are tragically killed in a car accident, his brother Nick, who was driving the car survives but with injuries. Riddled with guilt for forcing Nick to pick up the family from the airport knowing he was hung over and tired, Ty takes him in and stays by his side during every step of his recovery. Nick drowns his guilt and grief with drugs and alcohol and Ty tells him it's time to leave. Shortly thereafter, Nick gets mixed up with the Russian mafia, unable to intervene, Ty focuses on Jillian, the love of his life. Tragedy hits home once again when Ty loses his wife and unborn child. Ty bent on vengeance makes a deal with the devil...The Russian mafia. With a case of mistaken identity this story puts you on a suspenseful rollercoaster ride of a lifetime. This book far surpassed my expectations. I was also intrigued by the little twist in the end, it was an awesome book. This was definitely one of my top ten best novels of 2012!

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  • Posted November 7, 2012

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    "The Mistaken" is a fantastic thriller/romance/suspens

    "The Mistaken" is a fantastic thriller/romance/suspense/mystery novel that will keep you reading until your finished. A fast paced plot with tons of twists, turns, and characters that are well developed and realistic...it's just WOW! Total excitement from start to finish. Highly recommended for all suspense, mystery fans. *5 Stars*

    This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.

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  • Posted October 29, 2012

    Non-stop thrill ride! Don't miss it!

    This book is amazing. It is a non-stop thrill ride that will keep your pulse pounding and keep you turning pages well into the night. Meet Tyler Karras. He has a great life. Until he doesn’t. Karras’ entire life falls apart before his eyes, sending him spiraling down into a hell of despair and self-loathing. When his brother Nick, who has ties to the San Francisco Russian mafia, suggests a despicable plan to exact revenge on the woman who inadvertently robbed Tyler of everything, Tyler readily agrees. In an alcohol and grief-soaked haze, Tyler mistakenly targets the wrong woman, Hannah Maguire. Although Tyler comes to his senses and realizes that revenge is not the panacea he was seeking, the realization comes too late. He has already plunged himself, his brother and now an unsuspecting Hannah deep into the seedy, violent underworld that is ruled by the Russian mafia—and the mob does not forgive and forget.

    What I especially loved about this book is how Thompson deftly handles the plot twists. I never saw what was coming next! I read a lot of thrillers and I can usually predict the course of a novel by the second or third chapter. It was exceedingly refreshing to read a book that kept me so enthralled and actually made me gasp aloud. All the incredible twists were not what I expected and for me, that made this book very original. I love a book with good, unpredictable twists in its plot that reads well and keeps you turning pages even when you should be doing other things! This book does that.

    What I also love about this book, among other things, is that it is fast-paced and wildly entertaining and it also has depth. This book is not just a run-of-the-mill man-and-woman-in-jeopardy thriller. It asks how far would you go? If someone took everything from you, how far would you go to get revenge? If someone you loved was in deep trouble, how far would you go to protect them, to help them? This book asks how well do you really know yourself? Can a good person do unspeakable things? Is there redemption after touching the fiery face of hell? Tyler Karras is the answer to these questions and he does not disappoint. You will feel his struggles, his grief and despair, his guilt and self-hatred in your bones. You will cheer desperately as he tries to set things right. Hannah acts as a kind of foil for him, meeting the unexpected terrors that Tyler has mistakenly set upon her with calm determination. You will cringe at what she has to go through but you’ll respect her character all the more for the strength and grace she shows. She is Tyler’s redemption personified. These characters are complex and well-drawn and the terrifying moments that draw them together make the moments of intimacy that much more poignant. You will connect to them on a visceral level. I was captivated by them both and the relationship that developed between them against the backdrop of loss and violence. As is usually the case in life, nothing goes as intended. These are regular people thrust into unimaginable situations and their drama will keep you riveted for hours.

    Thompson is a rare new talent in the thriller genre, combining an intelligent and well-thought-out plot with complex and relatable characters that will give readers the white-knuckle reading experience of their lives! Do not miss this book! I am a fan for life!

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  • Posted October 30, 2014

    There's so much I loved about this book. This is the first book

    There's so much I loved about this book. This is the first book I have read by Nancy Thompson and I will definetly be reading more. The story is fast paced and took me only a few days to read. From the first chapter I couldn't put it down. I found myself staying up half the night and then when I got my lunch break at work it's the first thing I would do. I fell in love with the characters and thought the development of Tyler and Hannah were spot on. Tyler's character broke my heart and I felt for him page after page. Hannah was strong, brave, and forgiving. She gave Tyler crap most of the book, but you also saw a more sensitive side of her as well. Hannah was thrown into a world she had no clue existed outside her suburbian neighborhood. At the end Hannah and Tyler bonded and built a relationship on the heartbreak and hardtimes life threw at them. The only bad thing I can say about this book is that it was somewhat predictable. I wish it had a little more mystery to it, other than that I couldn't have asked for a better story.




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  • Posted October 27, 2014

    Firstly I need to say that I was asked to read and review this b

    Firstly I need to say that I was asked to read and review this book for Book Worms Book Blog. It was an amazing, fast paced thrill-ride. Both the story and characters were well developed and there were many twists and turns. When I was reading it I kept thinking what would I do if I found myself in a situation like Tyler's. What would I be willing to sacrifice to protect those who I loved. With elements of action, suspence, and romance this is sure to grab your attenton. The action of the book started right away and didn't let up until the last page. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted October 14, 2014

    Thrilling and nail biting This story has it all love murder and

    Thrilling and nail biting

    This story has it all love murder and mayhem! If you love a good thriller and add in some Russian mobsters and you have and amazing read. It was a little slow to start out but necessary to fill back the story with these characters. I really enjoyed getting the perspective from the main hero/heroine involved made for an exciting read!

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  • Posted October 14, 2014

    Wow I absolutely loved this book. I pictured it as a movie as I

    Wow I absolutely loved this book. I pictured it as a movie as I read. I can't believe all Tyler went through in his life. It was some intense crazy action. I felt awful with his mom, dad, and sister. Then later on the terrible happening to his wife and him. Later everything got extremely heartbreaking. I am amazed he was alive. I loved this book. I loved Hannah too. I can't wait to see what happens next. This book shares every emotion possible, it is more dark then exciting. It keeps you on your toes and you have to turn the page until you finish, not all books do that to you. It ended perfectly though. I loved that. Go Hannah... ha ha ha! That made me laugh. Even though life hands you hell, you still have the choice to make it better! Chose to do better, because we never know when our last day is! Great book! So glad I got the chance to read this wonderful story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    This is a slow starting book for me BUT... Once it got me, I jus

    This is a slow starting book for me BUT... Once it got me, I just fell into the story. Nancy did a great job in keeping you interested and excited to keep reading. 




    I fell in love with Tyler from the beginning and he just threw me through some hoops I truly didn't think was possible.. WOW!!




    Nick was the mess up kid brother but he was very cute too and so loving. 




    Hannah was such a great character.. Very forgiving and so willing to make anything work.




    This book was great and no one under 17yr old should read it but anyone over will really like it. Bravo Nancy and thank you for a great read. I look forward to reading Leverage. Five stars have been granted :)      Review left by Natalie of Behind The White Picket Fence :)

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  • Posted November 10, 2013

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    My rating: 4 of 5 ¿¿ *** YOWZA!!! Cripes, th





    My rating: 4 of 5 ¿¿












    ***




    YOWZA!!! Cripes, that was intense!!!




    Extremely well and intelligently written thriller by Nancy Thompson, challenging the reader to explore the firmness of their own moral boundaries. 




    Although opening with quite a powerful start, the storyline takes a while to develop. I think it was intended to emphasize the slow decline of a rule-abiding, straight-laced guy to slide the slippery slope of anger and insurmountable grief, to a point where all sense of moral boundaries and humanity has been blurred and darkened. Once we reach that pivotal point in the story, where a mistake is what holds him back from taking that final step to the 'dark side', the pace of the book picks up and the antagonist is no longer within the hero, but clearly defined as an outside threat. 
    Although the intensity is quite high throughout, there is a switch from a more psychological rawness to a highly physical one. 




    I enjoy the dual point of view, it generally gives a more complete picture and a better context. However, I could have done without Jillian's point of view, hers was one point of view too many. What she had to say did not make her participularly sympathetic nor did it add much to the story that could not have been easily resolved in another way. She was more of an irritant than an enhancement. Sticking with Tyler and Hannah would have been sufficient perhaps supported with narrated segments. 




    The suspense factor is incredibly high, especially given the fact the the hero is like an anti-hero, not your usual controlled Alpha male with all the answers. No, Tyler really has no clue what he is doing, all he knows is that he has to make something right. He is functioning on shame, regret, grief, fear and determination, but is absolutely without experience when it comes to dealing with his predicament. Nor has he any idea how to get out of it, and yet he doggedly keeps moving on towards a  confrontation, because that is the only certainty he has. 




    Had Hannah not been in such a vulnerable place herself, she might not have had the insight required to grasp the torment facing Tyler. Nor would she have been able to process the fact that fate had been incredibly cruel to her. Instead, it didn't take her long to forgive Tyler and instead focus her energy on a solution, even going so far at one point as to suggest she sacrifice herself, even temporarily. Her compassionate heart has bled from the moment she realized how truly broken the man in front of her was. Hannah shows incredible strength and resilience and likely should be the true hero of this story. 




    The twists and turns throughout will take you through to the very last pages and keep this book completely surprising. 




    ¿An action-packed, chilling, raw and intriguing thriller!!¿




    **ARC provided in return for an honest review.**

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Honestly, I don't get all the 5 star reviews I see. I assume the

    Honestly, I don't get all the 5 star reviews I see. I assume they must be the authors friends, because this novel bored me to death. I couldn't even get through the entire thing.
    -Tom W. Washington D.C. 

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

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    This is a real roller coaster of a book. Events happen at a no

    This is a real roller coaster of a book. Events happen at a non stop pace and really keep the story moving. Ty is at times a complex character but not quite as complex as his brother Nick becomes as the story advances.

    I really liked the story and how it kept moving without any lengthy downturns. I dont think Ty makes good choices at times but the situations he is in are beyond his control and really who knows how someone would act until it happens.

    The book is very dialogue heavy with at times seems a bit much but it does work for most of the story. I also didnt care for how the relationship between Ty and Hannah progressed. The other issue I had with the story was when we got to part with the Russian's and how they were to extract payment. Ty's sudden abilities in that situation were a bit unbelievable. I understand how adrenaline can influence reactions especially in times of stress but it didnt seem real, especially with Ty going through alcohol withdraw and how he had spent the past few months.

    All in all though it was a good story and I am glad I got to read it. As a debut it was really well done and I am looking forward to seeing what the author comes up with in the future. I think this is definitely a suspense author to watch.

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

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    So I don¿t really read romantic suspense, I¿ve read only one oth

    So I don’t really read romantic suspense, I’ve read only one other this past year, but I must say that I’ll be looking into the sub-genre more. I’ve been reading a lot of romance lately and there’s not a lot of suspense involved. With The Mistaken I really felt the urgency in the suspense plot arc and I liked the romance throughout.


    My Likes: Hands down Nick was my favorite character. At first I didn’t like him, not in a “the characterization is horrible” way, but in a “if he were a real, I wouldn’t like him” way. It was blatant that he liked his brother’s wife and he even flirted with her. That’s not ok in my book. But, untimely, that’s why I liked him as a character. He seemed real. As I learned more about him, I emphasized with his decisions. Once I remembered that he’s in his early 20s, it made sense that he would make the poor decisions that he did. I ended up feeling sorry for him, and that he didn’t get a lot of time to grow up and learn from his mistakes.

    And I must say that I loved the villains. I wasn’t rooting for them, at all, but Thompson really makes you hate them throughout the story. They’re ruthless and I completely believed that they would go to such lengths to make Tyler stick with his bargain. I felt the urgency when Tyler was dealing with them and trying to work something out to save his brother.

    Lastly, I loved how Thompson tied all the elements together. We get to find out why Tyler’s family moved to Australia and why it wasn’t safe to go back to England. It was a nice surprise since I didn’t think that information would play any part in the story.


    Dislikes: There were a few times where I’d get thrown out of the story. Once happened when Hannah first meets Tyler. She’s getting in the car with him and starts noticing how attractive he is. This in and of itself isn’t a problem. However, there is a problem when we were just told that Tyler has been up for over 24 hours, been drinking, his eyes are bloodshot, and he needs a shave and a change of clothes. His own brother told him he looked like a bum so I didn’t understand why Hannah was going on and on about how attractive he was and how he looked like a Greek god. Especially since she’s just been threatened and kidnapped by him. It just wasn’t believable.

    On that note, there were a few places where the dialog and emotions weren’t believable. I feel Hannah bounced back and forth between terror and sympathy a little too much. It was hard for me to really like her because I found myself questioning her thoughts and feelings.

    In addition, I felt things got tied up a little too nicely at the end. Seeing as it’s the ending and I don’t want to spoil it, I’ll just say that I thought something else was going to happen to the Russian Mafia, and Tyler would be dealing with the aftermath for years, but it  got worked out in the last chapter. I felt it was kind of rushed. This is just my preference because I know others will love the ending. I’m just being picky here.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    A heart-wrenching, mysterious novel that is beautifully written.

    A heart-wrenching, mysterious novel that is beautifully written. This novel is full of twists and turns. The first couple of chapters are all about Nick and Ty trying to cope with their lives after the accident. When they realized the only family they had left was each other, they begin rebuilding their relationship. The novel is set up differently than I had expected. Certain chapters are about Nick, some are about Tyler, some about Jillian, and then some are all the characters together with no main focus. The way the story fits together like a jigsaw puzzle, not always easy to see how the pieces fit together but you know they do. Each character is developed very well, just enough detail for you to understand them without too much detail.

    I can't say too much about the main story without giving it away. It did keep me guessing until the end, when I was able to put it all together. I enjoyed the romance, crime and mystery aspects of this novel. It really took the a-typical revenge story to a whole new level. I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys reading mystery and revenge novels and people who enjoy watching cop dramas on television. This novel is right up your alley!

    ~HilyBee from Novel d'Tales

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  • Posted March 17, 2013

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    This is one of those books where you start reading it and know i

    This is one of those books where you start reading it and know it's gonna be a roller coaster and you'll need multiple nights to finish it! The author takes you back and forth, and keeps you guessing what will happen to Nick, Ty and 'the mistaken' victim. You'll be surprised at the ending, which I'm not going to give away. But it is a very satisfying one, and you'll be ready to read the author's next book afterwards!

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

    Nick has lived the perfect life¿ until now. Tyler (Ty), is a Bri

    Nick has lived the perfect life… until now. Tyler (Ty), is a British Australian transplant living in San Francisco for several years. He is handsome, wealthy and has the perfect fiancé, Jillian. They are slowly planning their life together, however, Ty’s baby brother Nick seems to constantly interfere. Nick is a young, spur of the moment guy. He likes to enjoy life and partying. He is striving to be like his big brother but seems to fail at every turn. On the eve before their parents and sister are to visit from Australia, Nick decides to party once again even though he is to pick them up. This is just the beginning of their trouble. The aftermath is one huge insane mess. Nick escapes into alcohol and pills. Tyler tries in vain to help him while still trying to move forward with his life. Nick has already had troubles, but now gets in deeper by joining up with the Russian Mafia……When Jillian’s identity is stolen, things accelerate to a fevered pitch.

    We were over 100 pages into this book before we remembered what the story was going to be about.  We liked that the first 1/3 of the book was the intro to the main story and we were not disappointed.  The plot wasn’t so different from other books/ movies that we had read/seen but the author does a fantastic job of making it new. This is a novel full of heart pounding action and thrills.  You never know what is coming on the next page.  It has a little bit of everything, romance, murder, mystery and thrills all wrapped into one exciting debut novel by Nancy S. Thompson.
    We like that each chapter is narrated by a specific character giving the reader greater perspective into each side of the story.  We think it also is what helps the story flow and helps develops the characters. The characters are richly described and we felt we could reach out and smooth the wrinkle on Ty’s forehead.
    Not once were we bored with this book, with all of the twists and turns we were thoroughly entertained throughout the 300+ pages. Great job Ms. Thompson!

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