by Winter Austin

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ISBN-13: 9781440591136
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 05/18/2015
Series: McIntire County , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 316
Sales rank: 536,716
File size: 563 KB

About the Author

Winter Austin perpetually answers the question “were you born in the winter?” with a flat “nope.” Living in the middle of Nowheresville, Iowa, with her husband and four teenagers, Winter is trying to juggle a crazy schedule with a career while writing deadly romantic thrillers. Find Winter Austin at, on Facebook, and on Twitter @WinterAustin.

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Atonement 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this book in the Killer Thrillers 5 book set for 99 cents. Loved Atonement, I also just found a new author I intend to buy more from. This book is one that you don't want to put down because you will want to finish it once you start.It keeps you guessing who the culprit is to almost the end.I like that the author uses a strong female marine as lead and a believable character in her role as such. I loved that Con didn't back down in the relationship . Not alot of people know how to deal with the emotions that come with coming home from war , the author did a great job including it in the story without it taking away from the storyline of who was the killer.Thanks Winter Austin , will read more from you.
12020351 More than 1 year ago
I typically get go for the hot and steamy teams suspense reads. Even though thins one didn't not have the erotica in it I still LOVED it! It had me guessing and I felt the emotions within the characters. It was such a great read that's I just went and bought more of the his authors books!
jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I’ve read by this author but I will [tritely] say that it will not be my last. In fact, I’ve started reading Born to Die already! This story had all that I like in a romantic suspense: romance, action, danger, suspense, and a well-thought-out plot. I really loved this story about Con (a hero I swooned over) and Nic (a heroine I cried for and rooted for). Thank you for your writing, Winter!
vampiregrl123 More than 1 year ago
I am participating in a blog tour for the second novel in the McIntire County series next week and even thought I’ve been told that one does not necessarily need to read the first novel to understand the second, I felt that it would be best if I did. I have found that going into a novel not knowing much has worked out in my favor lately. I really enjoyed this mystery novel. The storyline was suspenseful and kept me on the edge the entire time. I was a little disappointed that I was able to figure out who the killer was right from the beginning but I was able to overlook it due to Winter Austin’s writing and characters. Austin’s story was well crafted. I learned a lot more about PTSD that I didn’t know before reading this novel. I really appreciated the education on it even though Austin didn’t write it as an educational piece. I wish the mystery aspect of the novel would have been stronger and kept me guessing as to who the killer was since I was able to figure it out pretty easily. I loved Austin’s characters. Detective Nicollete Rivers is a strong willed, independent character who’s PTSD makes a reappearance after a handling a tough case. Then there is Con O’Hanlon: an Irish man and cop in the town of Eider who has a crush on Nicollete but has never been able to act on it. The other secondary characters were well written as well. I liked Nic’s sister Cassy and I found their father, known as The General, very interesting. Overall I really enjoyed this novel and am looking forward to reading the second novella and reviewing it for the blog.
Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
Austin has definitely created a winning tale here. The plot of this story was well crafted. The suspense kept me on my toes. The story was both fun & intense. It embodies the romantic suspense genre while also making it something so much more. It’s one of those novels that you simply have to read to experience the true impact. I enjoyed the in depth development of the characters. I felt as if I really knew them by the end. The different aspects of their personalities that were developed were so genuine. The difficulties that they faced were hard hitting without being over the top. This was a fantastic read. The story was so real and realistic that I found myself fully enjoying it. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel is a raw, real look at PTSD and its affects on our soldiers. And not just our soldiers, but on their families and friends. Nic Rivers is the first female Marine sniper, and she had to make a horrible choice that scarred her soul. To make it all worse, her father was involved in the aftermath. Because of that, she cut herself off from everyone she'd ever known and moved to the middle of nowhere Iowa. Where one of the local cops, Con O'Hanlon, falls in love with her. He's the perfect match for Nic and is a key part of her dealing with her past and being able to move forward. The emotions are intense and in-your-face. Never once does Austin shy away from showing us what PTSD looks like. She handles it from the raw perspective of Nic refusing to deal with it, and the heart-wrenching perspective of family and friends dealing with the fallout of her breakdowns and panic. It's all done with just the right balance, to pull the reader into the moment and make us feel what Nic feels, while holding out hope that Nic will kick her PTSD in the teeth and be able to have something approaching a normal life. The setting is another key element in why the book works so well. It's set in the life Austin knows best--rural small town Iowa. Little details are on every page, breathing life into a setting not many authors would think to set a thriller in. Yes, it is possible to set a thriller with a serial killer in Podunk, Iowa. While Degrees of Darkness is awesome, this novel is Winter Austin's triumph as an author.