Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Dark Summer by Iris Johansen

Product Description
Devon Brady is a devoted veterinarian working in a makeshift hospital on a remote search and rescue mission. When a man arrives with his wounded black Lab, Ned, she has no idea that she is about to be plunged into a whirlwind of terror and destruction.
Jude Marrock is out for revenge and has no choice but to involve Devon in a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game with an escalating body count. She doesn’t trust him one bit, but when the shots start flying and friends start falling, she finds herself with nowhere else to run. And there are innocent lives, both human and animal, at stake, including those of Ned and his mysterious pack. Is Jude Devon’s salvation or her damnation? Are the secrets he’s protecting worth killing for...or dying for?
With a lightning-fast pace, unforgettable characters, and gut-wrenching action, Dark Summer is compelling new terrain for this master storyteller.

My Thoughts:
This was an interesting story. Devon is a vet that is completely devoted to her profession and the animals that she cares for. She meets Jude, a man who has some serious issues and major players after him, when his dog, Ned, gets shot. For the most part, they have a love/hate relationship and don't trust each other at all, but need each other to stay alive and to keep Ned and his 'friends' alive.
I'm really not sure that I liked this book but I didn't dislike it, it was just ok. I love that Devon is so into her job and that the animals are more than just a means of making money to her, they are a passion. Jude is a strange character who demands the respect of his 'team' and has their loyalty while seeming to trust absolutely no one. They are in a race against murderers, friends are enemies, and there is quite a bit of suspense. The twists and turns though the book are frequent but also don't always make sense. I had the ending figured out well in advance so there was no 'surprise' just strangeness.
I give this book a 2/5. If it sounds like something you would like, pick it up at a used book store.


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