Twelve years ago, Sarah Baker was abducted by the Watt Lake Killer and sexually assaulted for months before managing to escape. The killer was caught, but Sarah lost everything: her marriage, her child, and the life she loved.
Struggling with PTSD, Sarah changes her name to Olivia West and finds sanctuary working on Broken Bar Ranch. But as her scars finally begin to heal, a cop involved with her horrific case remains convinced the Watt Lake Killer is still out there. He sets a lure for the murderer, and a fresh body is discovered. Now Olivia must face the impossible—could the butcher be back, this time to finish his job?
As a frigid winter isolates the ranch, only one person can help Olivia: Cole McDonough, a ranch heir, writer, and adventurer who stirs long-dormant feelings in her. But this time, Olivia’s determination to shut out her past may destroy more than her chance at love. It could cost her her life.
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About the Author
Loreth Anne White is an award-winning author of romantic suspense, thrillers, and mysteries. She has won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Romantic Suspense, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Romantic Crown for Best Romantic Suspense and Best Book Overall. In addition, she has been a two-time RITA finalist, a Booksellers’ Best finalist, a multiple Daphne Du Maurier Award finalist, and a multiple CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award winner. A former journalist and newspaper editor who has worked in both South Africa and Canada, she now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Oh my. I finished THE SLOW BURN OF SILENCE while on an Alaskan cruise last week, and craved something else by Loreth Anne White because that book was so emotionally moving. I happened to have A DARK LURE on my Kindle, jumped right in, and was so I glad I did. Earlier in the week I'd read several books that (sad to say) weren't worth the time, especially when the heroines were TSTL. (I don't usually use that designation, but...alas...in the case of those books, Too Stupid to Live fits them to a T.) This is NOT the case with A DARK LURE, thank goodness. While it's true the heroine, Olivia West (once upon a time Sarah Baker), finds it impossible to believe at first that she's being stalked by the same man who kidnapped her 12 years ago and held her captive for months (because she has good reason to believe he's dead), her thoughts and actions are very much what I would have thought and done myself in that situation. Olivia is another of Loreth Anne White's incredibly resilient and mentally strong heroines, which is a refreshing change. Not that Olivia doesn't need anyone, but she relies on herself from start to finish because she has learned the hard way no one is going to rescue her, she has to rescue herself. But her slow-growing emotional attachment to the hero, Cole McDonough, hits just the right note, and he doesn't let her down. I loved the interaction between the two of them. The author has a wonderful way of putting the reader in the heads of her characters, even her villains, which makes for a horrifyingly believable tale. This could be true. This could (all too easily) happen to someone you know...or to you. A DARK LURE takes you on an emotional roller-coaster ride, and you can't help but be caught up in wanting to read just one more chapter, one more page, one more paragraph. Because you have to KNOW. You HAVE to. And that's what makes A DARK LURE another addition to my keeper shelf.
Twelve years ago Sara Baker was kidnapped, tortured, raped, and after being held hostage for months, during which time she became pregnant, she was turned loose in a mountainous area and hunted like an animal. By the grace of God, she managed to escape. She now goes by a different name .. Olivia .... and she still suffers flashbacks. She has not only lost all sense of self, but her husband and parents turned against her when they learned of all she had endured and the shame of having 'his' child. She felt forced to give her baby for adoption. The man who kidnapped her was caught and died in prison. So who is shadowing her ... leaving 'gifts' that remind her of her captor? There are lots of suspects ... a cop who had worked her case and his daughter who have booked a cabin where Olivia works. the dying owner's son who has not been home in many years .... the owner's daughter who wants Olivia to leave so that the property can be sold ... and there's the unethical man who is depending on having the property for a resort. I have to tell you .... at the end my throat was constricted and I shed a few tears. No spoilers. I really liked Sara/Olivia. Even with all she endured she has emerged a lot stronger than she believes she is. She keeps trudging forward and fighting the flashbacks with all that she has. The ending came as a real surprise ..... out of the blue. So who will live ..and who will die before the mystery can be solved? My thanks to NetGalley/Amazon Publishing for the opportunity to read and review A Dark Lure.
This story touched on every possible range of human emotion. Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Gemini I could probably go on to say a thousand great words about this book but the best word to describe A Dark Lure is deep. A Dark Lure is about forgiveness, pain, perseverance, guilt, love, and hate. The story touched on every possible range of human emotion. The characters were fractured and flawed. They were likable and despicable. Nothing about their lives was storybook. They went to hell and back either physically, mentally, or both but they survived. As hard as it was to put this book down, it was just as difficult to read. As with any good work of fiction, I was drawn in and couldn’t wait to see if they had a happy ending or not. A Dark Lure is the story of Broken Bar Ranch manager Olivia West and investigative journalist Cole McDonough. Olivia West overcame abduction, torture, and loss to become the person she is today. Cole McDonough lives his life on the edge because he blames himself for the death of his mother and younger brother. Olivia’s past and Cole’s future are set on a collision course when a dying detective decides to set a trap for a psychotic serial killer everyone thought was dead. There is an enormous cast of characters to add to the tension along with several other subplots related to loyalty, inheritance, and plain old greed. Since this is a romantic suspense, there is only so much that I can say before I give it all away. I will say that it’s brutal, ugly, and twisted. As killers go, this one is the worst of the worst. There are a lot of moving parts to keep up with. The baggage is excessive but the journey was well worth it. I have read a lot of suspense novels so I have to be careful not to label all of the good ones as great. There was a lot of information given regarding each main character’s past so that you could truly appreciate their perspective and observe their transformations. There are a lot of references to fishing lures and hunting but the imagery is well placed. I look forward to reading another novel from Loreth Anne White. **Received a copy from Montlake Romance in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
A Dark Lure, Loreth Anne White’s latest, is more than a little creepy. The sense of winter cold and an impending storm, complete with a serial killer on the loose are very evident in the vivid descriptions and well-crafted storyline. Olivia, Tori, Gage, and the rest of the characters feel like real flesh and blood friends as the story unfolds. The author’s research is evident in the storyline, but never over-bearing. This fabulous novel is a must read for anyone who likes strong characters and great writing. It is one of my favorite of the year. Copy received from the author in exchange for an honest review.