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Devil's Lake (Bittersweet Hollow Book 1) Kindle Edition
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After disappearing for two years, Portia Lamont suddenly shows up at her parent's house half-starved and emotionally damaged, having been abducted and held against her will by a crazed man in a remote cabin.
Lazar balances the fine line between suspense and squeamishness perfectly. The reader knows that what Portia is going through during her two-year ordeal is everyone's worst nightmare, and yet, Lazar doesn't bring it to a level of voyeuristic discomfort. The middle section of the book describes her time in captivity, and even though you know that Portia escapes from her abductor (as is mentioned on the first page of the book), at every step of the way you are still rooting for her to find the way out of her hell.
But while one nightmare ends, another begins, leading Portia and the other characters to wonder how far this madman will be willing to go to reclaim Portia as his prize.
Lazar gives us characters we truly care about, including Boone, the neighbor who has secretly loved Portia for years, and Portia's sister Grace, a woman with her own issues, whose inner strength and creativity in the face of danger jump off the pages in the book's exciting climax.
I've already downloaded Devil's Creek, the second book in the series, and will be reading other books by Lazar—a new favorite author!
It was two years before Portia was able to escape. She had tried, though, but every time she failed, her captor, Murphy, would restrain her even more. Most of the time, she was tied to the bed, unable to break free... But then there were the times she was forced to dress up as a nurse to care for him... and other times he'd even dress up himself... He was cruel, dragged her by her hair but had not forced himself...yet...
When she got home, she learned that her mother was in the hospital for cancer and her father was there with her, in New York... Portia was barely able to talk, was starved and didn't even recognize the young man that was there at the farm... Boone had been friends with her since childhood... now she was afraid of him and anybody else... Boone carefully talked to her, making sure not to get too close or touch her and he was able to get her to go to her old room... Slowly she began to gain strength then her parents flew home and she was immediately lost in the comfort of their love and safety...
Things continued to improve, but Portia was still afraid. She had knocked Murphy out, but had she killed him? Finally as she was able to talk about it, two of the men went to find the cabin, but he was not there, although they found proof that he had been there but apparently had not died...
The majority of the novel takes place after Portia returns home. Murphy is smart, dangerous and cunning and Portia guessed that he had done this quite often. There are several incidents where the emphasis is more on the criminal and we are faced to wonder how an individual gets to the point where they start to stalk women and kidnap them.
On the other hand, there are the other male characters in the story that do as much as they can to ensure the safety of Portia and later her sister when she and her husband come to the farm also. The book becomes more exciting and presents a totally surprising ending scenario that is guaranteed to grab your attention and hold on to what happens next!
This is not an easy story to read, except that it shows that, no matter how long, and no matter what has happened, we are able to make it through and survive, with help and love from family and neighbors... It is an important story--one that lets female victims know that there will also be someone, somewhere looking for them, hoping and trying to get them home.
And as Aaron has already expressed in his Dedication--May God be with each victim who finds themselves in similar situations...You will know whether you will want to read the story... It is highly recommended, for many reasons...
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