Didi Wood is nine months pregnant, doing some last-minute shopping before the baby is born. Stepping out of the air-conditioned Dallas mall into the cruel heat of the parking lot, she hears a voice behind her … and the nightmare has begun.
Abducted by an increasingly unstable young man, Didi must endure an epic drive across the Texas plains, heading through the relentless heat toward a destination that only he knows.
Meanwhile, her anguished husband Rich is on the trail with an FBI agent who may or may not be as good as he says he is at rescuing hostages.
What a thriller! The sense of dread at the beginning, the fear after Didi was taken; this novel was very well done. The structural layout with alternate perspectives for each chapter was a great way to tell the whole story and give a clear picture on what was going on, as this was such a tense, minute by minute read. This novel is not for the faint hearted though as there are some harrowing scenes of violence and struggle, particularly towards the end. For me, this all just added to the realism of the story, but some readers may find certain scenes disturbing.
Paullina did an excellent job at portraying Didi’s vulnerability. I live in a place with a climate similar to Texas so I found the depiction of the extreme heat coupled with advanced pregnancy quite believable in terms of how it restricted Didi’s ability to fight and escape. Lyle was quite a frightening character, his mental swings alarming and unpredictable. Towards the end we saw just how disassociated with reality he really was and it was truly terrifying. To be at the mercy of someone who has resigned themselves to the fact they have nothing to lose; Didi’s fear was well conveyed.
Overall, this was a very good book that kept me reading late into the night. I am becoming quite the Paullina Simons fan of late!