Close Reach

Posted March 8, 2014 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

by Jonathan Moore
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Published by Random House
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Jonathan Moore
Random House

In a riveting tale of suspense and terror on the high seas, Bram Stoker Award nominee Jonathan Moore pits human beings against nature—and something far deadlier: one another.

Kelly Pratihari-Reid and her husband sail their yacht into Antarctic waters, thinking their gravest concerns will be ice and storms—and their cracked marriage. A British girl shrieking across a short-range VHF frequency ends that illusion. It’s coming, she screams. It saw us and it’s coming back! Her voice is drowned by a tide of signal-jamming static, and Kelly sees a target on the radar screen: A ship is coming for them.

Thus begins an unforgettable cat-and-mouse game across stormy polar seas and dire landfalls. Kelly’s pursuers will test her to the limits of her endurance—and beyond. For the ship in her wake is crewed by pirates, with a young leader trained to use the most sadistic tortures in pursuit of his ultimate objective . . . a goal as shocking as it is horrific.

“They’re coming”

When I began Close Reach by Jonathon Moore, I was expecting a nice little suspense novel. What I was not expecting was the gripping wild ride that I was totally riveted to. Kelly and Dean are a married couple that began sailing the Antarctic seas three years ago to save their troubled marriage. Everything is going great until they start hearing strange noises and distress calls on the short hand radio. Who are they and what are they after? Kelly is concerned but Dean tries to brush it off as nothing. Neither of them could ever have imagined the horrors that were coming their way.

Everything about this book was great. It was fast paced; you were quickly invested in caring for the main characters. Once the action starts it does not let up. I was truly frightened and found myself holding my breath often. There are twists and turns and the end game was not what I expected. The only thing I found distracting was the unfamiliar sailing lingo throughout. There were quite a few brutal and graphic scenes (which I loved but are definitely not for the squeamish reader). The fear that was invoked was real and relatable. It just reminds you that human beings are capable of inflicting unimaginable horrors on others. It was also a testimony to what we are all capable of when it comes to surviving and saving the ones we love.

4 stars and good bottle of rum! Enjoy!

This book was offered in exchange for an honest review.


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