With my mind in the fantasy clouds as of late I decided that it would probably be a good idea, as to not burn out, to pick up a book from a different genre.
Enter Killling Pace by Douglas Schofield, a mystery thriller that promised a high-octane international chase, full of US Border Control agents, the Sicilian mafia, and a shadowy organization hellbent on ending our heroine.
I received a copy of Killing Pace in exchange for an honest review, via Minotaur Books. With that in mind, lets get into the review, shall we?
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Killing Pace by Douglas Schofield
Publisher: Minotaur Books (November 21, 2017)
Print Length: 320 pages
Laura Pace is a woman on the run—struggling to reconstruct her past, to rebuild her memories, to retrace her steps… and to identify the people who tried to erase her from existence.
Everglade City, Florida, March 2015. It’s been two months since Lisa Green crawled barefoot and bleeding out of a terrible car accident with three important questions: Where am I?… How did I get here?… and most importantly… Who am I? Her boyfriend Roland has been nursing her back to health under close watch.
Lisa has amnesia. They both know that, but only Lisa knows that she hasn’t lost her ability to reason. And reason tells her that she is not Roland’s girlfriend. She is his prisoner. Gradually, Lisa remembers training and skills that she didn’t know she had and is able to make her escape. When a sheriff’s deputy finds her, she tells him she wants to report a missing person: herself.
Killing Pace is a fast-paced thriller, full of twists and turns, keeping the reader on their toes until the end.
Killing Pace follows the thrilling story of Lisa Green as she tries to come to grips with her confinement at the hands of Roland Lewis, her escape from said ‘fiance’ in the middle of a grocery store, and her lack of memory about her past life, as Sarah Lockhart, a FBI Border Protection Officer wanted for murder.
Schofield was able to present a well paced mystery, with plot twists that I didn’t see coming. I rather enjoyed how the novel opened up with a chaotic car accident, and yet, directly following that the book followed Sara Lochart, which to me kind of dragged the piece a little. However, after pushing through it, it is revealed that Sarah has found a human trafficking ring, and the slow build up pays off in the remaining chapters of Lisa, Sarah, and finally Laura.
Laura as a main character is incredibly interesting. I especially enjoyed the sections that focused on her relationship with her grandmother, and the background there, and would definitely pick up a book that focused on that aspect. I was equally as intrigued with the character of Lisa and all she had to overcome, with the kidnapping and all. The only sections I wasn’t entirely sold on were that of Sarah. While the story eventually picked up because of these sections and what Sarah uncovers, it almost felt like a side story to me, and not something entirely needed.
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on Killing Pace by Douglas Schofield. Have any mystery thriller recommendations you think I should check out? Leave them as a comment below and help my TBR grow.