North of Nowhere by Allison Brennan
Publication August 8, 2023
Genre: Thriller. Mystery, Suspense
Taken from Goodreads: New York Times bestseller Allison Brennan’s latest standalone is an unputdownable race to the dramatic finish.
After five years in hiding from their murderous father, the day Kristin and Ryan McIntyre have been dreading has arrived: Boyd McIntyre, head of a Los Angeles crime family, has at last tracked his kids to a small Montana town and is minutes away from kidnapping them. They barely escape in a small plane, but gunfire hits the fuel line. The pilot, a man who has been raising them as his own, manages to crash land in the middle of the Montana wilderness. The siblings hike deep into the woods, searching desperately for safety—unaware of the severity of the approaching storm.
Boyd’s sister Ruby left Los Angeles for the Army years ago, cutting off contact in order to help keep her niece and nephew safe and free from the horrors of the McIntyre clan. So when she gets an emergency call that the plane has gone down with the kids inside, she drops everything to try save them.
As the storm builds, Ruby isn’t the only person looking for them. Boyd has hired an expert tracker to find and bring them home. And rancher Nick Lorenzo, who knows these mountains better than anyone and doesn’t understand why the kids are running, is on their trail too.
But there is a greater threat to Kristen and Ryan out there. More volatile than the incoming blizzard, more dangerous than the family they ran from or the natural predators they could encounter. Who finds them first could determine if they live or die…
My Thoughts: Allison Brennan did it again! North of Nowhere is phenomenal!!! This book started with me thinking I would just read a couple chapters, a couple hours later I realized that I had missed dinner and it was almost bedtime. I was pulled in to the story and never wanted to leave.
Ryan McIntyre’s a hero. He kept his two children safe from a horrible mob leader that wanted nothing more than to find the children and pull them back into the family. His attention to the details of the town he lives in was what kept them safe. I love that he not only was aware of what was happening in the town, but he also had a plan, and the children were aware of the plan. There was no time for questions, no time for discussion, everyone knew their role and they jumped right into action.
The details of the storm and the area is so detailed that I could feel the cold, see what little they could see, and feel their fear as they worked to get back to safety. North of Nowhere is a book that I recommend to any mystery thriller reader.
Thank you St. Martin’s Publishing Group for a copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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Meet Allison Brennan (taken from her website): New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Allison Brennan believes life is too short to be bored, so she had five children and writes three books a year. Reviewers have called her “a master of suspense” and RT Book Reviews said her books are “mesmerizing” and “complex.” She’s been nominated for multiple awards, including the Thriller, RWA’s Best Romantic Suspense (five times), and twice won the Daphne du Maurier award. She lives in Arizona with her family and assorted pets.