Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Review: Prey by L.A. Larkin

Title: Prey
Author: L.A. Larkin
Year Published: 2020

Genre: Adult fiction (thriller)
Pages: 386
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2020 Google Reading map)UK, South Africa, and Zimbabwe

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): Four murders. Four countries. One terrible secret.

Olivia Wolfe is a journalist who travels the world exposing heinous crimes. She has more enemies that most.

When her anonymous source is murdered, Wolfe must unravel the terrible secret that connects a series of gruesome murders. But powerful people want her stopped.

Betrayed and isolated, Wolfe is hunted by a faceless killer.  Can she stay alive long enough to expose the shocking truth?

Review: Oh my gosh! This book is so good and so tense! My daughter made fun of me because I kept gasping as I read it in response to the detailed violence and the tension.

I really enjoyed this book even though "enjoy" doesn't feel like the right word. Olivia is a great, strong character. She is smart, strong, savvy, and determined. I also like that she doesn't take any shit from anyone. She is trained in hand-to-hand combat and uses it well in addition to keeping her wits about her. Of course, she is female, so there is a love interest, but it's relevant to the main storyline.

If you read this blog often, you'll know that I really like reading books set outside the United States. This book had that for sure, with most of it taking place in South Africa with bits in Zimbabwe. I can't tell you what the main issue is in this book because that's part of the tension and suspense, but it's really interesting.

I was so tense reading this book. Who was going to get hurt or killed? Who were the "bad" guys? Who is "the boss?" There is quite a bit of graphic violence (and one graphic sex scene) so if you are super squeamish, this may not be the book for you. But, if you like international intrigue and tension, I highly recommend this book.

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