Fatal Option

Fatal Option

by Chris Beakey


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A tragic accident. A family in crisis. And a killer watching every move.

Five months after the mysterious death of his wife, Stephen Porter is pulled from a dreamless 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. She's terrified and unable to stop crying as she begs him to come to her rescue.

Unfortunately Stephen went to bed just an hour before after a night of binge drinking. With his blurred vision and unsteady balance he knows it’s dangerously irresponsible to get behind the wheel. But he heads out into the snowstorm to bring Sara home.

High school teacher Kieran O’Shea is also behind the wheel, searching for his autistic younger brother Aidan, who is wandering aimlessly through the storm on that same mountain. Kieran is terrified—of the voices in his mind, that Aidan will be taken from him, and that he may soon be arrested for murdering three women.

In a matter of minutes Stephen will encounter Kieran and drive headlong into a collision that will force him to unlock the secret of his wife’s death, avoid prosecution, and protect his children from violence that hits all too close to home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682611548
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication date: 02/21/2017
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Chris Beakey tells stories of good people caught in bad places. He writes fiction from his homes in Washington, D.C. and Lewes, Delaware, as well as nonfiction as a ghostwriter for an organization that promotes bipartisan policies that strengthen the nation through smart investments in youth. His first, novel, Double Abduction, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.

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Fatal Option 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
BettyTaylor More than 1 year ago
This book is the perfect example of how one mistake can ruin a life. Stephen Porter, depressed after the death of his wife in a car accident only five months earlier, had a bit too much to drink – okay, he had a lot too much to drink. Stephen cannot accept that his wife’s death was a suicide. His son Kenneth is sleeping right down the hall, and his teenage daughter is at her friend’s house just four blocks away – or so he thinks. He gets a late night call from Sara. Crying, she begs him to come get her. Her Jeep won’t start and she’s scared and stranded – in a snowstorm. She admits to having gone up the mountain to meet a boy. Being the typical father he quickly gets dressed. However, it has only been an hour since he had his last drink. He knows he shouldn’t be driving – but he has to get to his daughter. At the same time Kieran O’Shea, a high school teacher, is searching for his younger brother Aidan who has run out into the snowstorm. Kiernan has his own demons – hearing voices and seeing his long dead mother. And he has an inappropriate relationship with his student, Sara. So many lives will be forever altered on this fateful night when Stephen and Kiernan are thrown at each other and suffer the consequences of bad decisions. The story has many flawed characters, just like real life. I felt the characters could have been better developed, and there were just too many flaws presented. Take all the bad qualities you can think of and sprinkle liberally. Popular girl Madison, a high school student, has spread gossip about Sara and Kenneth while her boyfriend Marco is the local bad boy. They both have their secrets. The plot had twists that each time I thought I knew what was unfolding, I was thrown in a different direction. Even with all its flaws, I still was totally engaged in the story and held my breath awaiting the next move.
AnnieRF More than 1 year ago
This is a book about actions and consequences. The characters in this book all have decisions to make in a split second. They all feel they are making the best decision they can. But are they? This was a fast paced book with enough twists and turns to satisfy readers. The ending was one that leaves the reader satisfied. I was provided with an advanced reader copy from Post Hill Publishing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fatal Option by Chris Beakey reminds all of us how vulnerable we are to doing the wrong thing for the right reasons. The plot is very simple; a family man gets into a traffic accident but the results are far from uncomplicated. The book gains momentum and the reader must turn the pages to find out what happens to this ordinary family battling far from ordinary events. My advice to you is to not drive in the snow and if you do avoid what happens in this involving and irresistible look at something that could happen to all of us.
Tovo More than 1 year ago
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.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
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 happens to be a teacher and is 10 years older than she. She made her choice. Stephen has been binge drinking and he's only had one hour of sleep. He knows how dangerous and irresponsible it is to be driving under the influence in such bad weather ... but it is his daughter. He makes the choice to drive anyway. To give him credit, though, he does call the police and report that his daughter is stranded. If the dispatcher had listened more carefully, she might have made a different decision. But she ends the call by saying everyone is busy with emergencies and hanging up on him. That was her choice. In a short amount of time, all these choices will come to the forefront and unhinge a killer ... a psychotic .... an autistic child .... two cops, one of which is not what he seems. From what I believed was a slow beginning turned into quite the thriller. The author did a fine job of introducing all the characters in a factual way. I never saw where it was taking me.. until the suspense and tension exploded. The characters were credible, especially the young ones who were rolling about in their teenage angst. The ending was explosive and lives are lost. Who lives and who dies? Many thanks to the author / Post Hill Press / Netgalley for the digital copy of FATAL OPTION. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
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.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
Make sure you have a lot of day left before you start reading this book. You will not be able to put it down. Outstanding read! My heartbeat was definitely going and it was only going one way and that was up - just like the side of the mountain which played a very big part in this story. A lot of twists, a lot of bad people which make for a lot of suspects and I thought I had it all worked out - WRONG! This was a tale that had me screaming at the characters - NO, don't go there. Like they could hear me. A most entertaining, thrilling, edge of my seat, stay up all night and read a chick lit next to calm the nerves kinda of read. I have not read this author before, however, that will change. Thanks to Post Hill Press for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
wvteddy More than 1 year ago
Stephen Porter is a single dad trying to raise his children. Having recently moved to the community, Sara and Kenneth are having trouble in school following the death of their mother in an accident that was ruled a suicide. On a snowy night Sara tells her dad she is going to a friend’s house nearby but she heads up the mountain for a romantic tryst with her teacher Kiernan, whose autistic brother Aidan she has been tutoring. The evening turns frightening and tragic when Aidan runs out into the snow. Her car disabled, Sara calls her dad to come get her. Stephen know he has no business driving after he had been drinking but the police cannot go get Sara and she sounded scared so he heads up the mountain in the worsening storm. Involved in a hit and run accident Stephen makes a snap judgment that will have terrible repercussions. With many twists and turns the story evolves until all the main characters are once again on the mountain in the snow for the unexpected climax. I enjoyed the way the story wove several subplots together. It left me pondering how far a good person would go in a bad situation to save the ones he loves.